To honour International Women’s Day on March 8th, we’re talking travel with some of our female guides around the world. Last, but by no means least, here is Summer in Los Angeles!
What is your best travel memory?
There are so many amazing memories and experiences, but the one to have the biggest impact on my life was probably the night I got invited to dinner at a family’s house in Marrakech, Morocco. The meal was amazing and they wouldn’t let me leave. I stayed with them two and a half months and became their adopted daughter. We cooked, danced, ate, laughed, and sang together. That experience unknowingly paved a path for the rest of my life.
Why did you start working in travel?
Growing up, I loved learning languages and always wanted to live abroad in order to master them. I was also a natural party planner and entertainer. Once I lived abroad, my passion for entertaining and exploring other cultures combined into jobs in travel, first working at the Visitor’s Information Center in Hollywood, then selling tours to Galapagos in Ecuador, and eventually as a tour guide for Intrepid Travel in Morocco!
What is your favourite part about working with Urban Adventures?
The passion for adventure and fun–we SO need to spread that! There’s such a push for radically alternative tourism and creativity in Urban Adventures, which is something I thrive off.
If you could live and work in any other UA city, where would it be and why?
Ooooh, such a tough question. Besides the cities I have already lived in and loved, I have always wanted to live in Rio. I think I could stay there forever – I have a feeling my soul would click with that city.
If you had to give a visitor one tip about your city, what would it be?
Don’t try to drive everywhere! (Especially not during rush hour.) Take advantage of the Metro lines and stay somewhere near the Red Line if possible. Your touring experience will be so much less stressful!
Where in the world (other than your own city!) would you go to:
Get cultured? Istanbul.
Escape? Little Corn Island, Nicaragua.
Eat amazing food? Lima, Peru.
See some wildlife? Muyuna Lodge, Iquitos, Peru.
Get some sun? Marrakech, Morocco.
Enjoy the great outdoors? Yosemite National Park.
Wander the city of Los Angeles with Summer on one of our LA tours!