To work as a mountain guide is fun but at the same time a very demanding job. Guiding means providing a safe and rewarding experience for your clients, so you’ve gotta enjoy interacting with new people and know how to do it depending on the situation. You need to be a teacher, psychologist, a best friend and a doctor at the same time.
For the last four years, I have been guiding hiking trips for Green Visions, a travel agency based in Sarajevo. My life has completely changed since the day I filled up an application for a mountain guide position in this agency.
I had just finished the faculty and received a Master degree in Sociology. That was the time when I was still figuring out what I want to do with my life, and where I want to build my career. I was confused and had absolutely no clue what to do next. The only thing I could sense is that my passion was always pulling me toward researching ideas and exploring nature, myself and the region where I am living. Clearly, life showed me a path to have all this.
When I’m talking about my career as a mountain guide, sometimes I hear comments like “I also like hiking and traveling, I could be a guide as well.” Yes, It’s important you love to hike and travel. But, you shouldn’t become a guide if you’re just looking for a career that allows you to hike and travel full-time. Being a mountain guide is so much more!
Being & Staying the best!
When I look at myself today, I can see I have changed a lot after four years of guiding. Spending a lot of time outdoor improved my health, I’m more fit as I spend half of the year guiding clients across the Dinaric Alps. I have more patience and a better perception of things happening around me. I learned a lot about myself. The key is to be open for all knowledge and ideas that nature, other mountain guides, and clients share with you.
During each tour, I learn something new from my clients, mountains, and employees working in hotels, restaurants, etc. All this I use in future trips. It’s important always to work on improvements!
Passion, Love, and Happiness
When you’re passionate about something you do people can see it and feel it in your energy, and the way you talk and act. If you’re passionate about guiding, and mountains, plants, rivers and all other things guiding in the mountains includes, you will transfer that energy and attract clients to be more interested in all that. They will return home satisfied, happy and fulfilled.
To love to work with people is crucial! Mountain guides have almost no time for themselves, and with that, you need to be ok. Talking for hours and hours and answering a lot of questions and repeating them is how every day looks on this job. Without a doubt, mountain guide needs to enjoy doing everything that is in your power as a guide to make your trip the best holiday they ever had! Furthermore, reading reactions of people, and have the ability to conclude what stands behind anything clients say or don’t say is a “superpower” of best guides.