Ditch the Cubicle

Getting to Know Our Gap Adventures Tour Leader

Written By: jeff

Posted On: September 21st, 2011

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Govind and I hanging out. Copyright CareerBreakSecrets.com

I’ve been traveling enough to know how crucial a leader is in the success of a tour. You put your trust in them to show you the good stuff and take care of any logistical bumps. I found out that Gap Adventures calls their tour leaders CEOs: Chief Experience Officers. I liked that. In addition to letting you know that they are in charge, it told me something about the importance the company places in delivering a good travel experience. And, our tour leader, Govind, didn’t disappoint. Here are 5 ways he made our tour traveling through Rajasthan, India, unforgettable.

  • First, Govind made sure we got around with ease including helping us negotiate our tuk-tuk fares.
  • Govind was a font of knowledge, not only about the sites we visited, but also stopping in the streets at food stands and markets to explain what we were finding.
  • We passed through several markets in India. Govind stopped to help us do a little shopping and gave us a taste of the local mangos, lychees and coconuts.
  • When we needed it, Govind provided a gentle, but firm hand to keep us on track. Food proved to be the most effective incentive for us.
  • But, what really endeared us to Govind, is that he wasn’t afraid to let his hair down by getting us involved in a pick-up cricket game or after hours by showing us his Bollywood moves.

The B-Side of Our Tour Leader

I don’t have much to add to what I said above. I just want to thank Govind for a terrific time. Thanks for creating such a great tour atmosphere and helping enable a great group dynamic. While we’re not all in contact on a daily basis, most of us are all still connected up and write from time to time.

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Disclosure: I am serving as the Gap Adventures media spokesman for career break travel. While this series is part of a broader campaign to raise awareness about career break travel, all opinions, tips and advice are mine.

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4 Responses to “Getting to Know Our Gap Adventures Tour Leader”

  1. Rae Easton says:

    Hi Jeff, I have just returned from two weeks in the care of Govind, the king of tour guides, chief CEO.
    I love your clip as it shows this delightful man and his generous spirit, openess and joyous character. What an asset to any company. I believe his love of his country and people made us embrace the culture and all it’s richness very quickly.


  2. Hi Jeff! I was also along with rae and 11 other lucky people in the rajasthan adventure with Govind. I can also testemony the amazing person he is. I subscribe all your words about him and how he was strenuous to make have the best of our lives. For me was a changing-life experience and I believe I was blessed to have Govind to help me having this delightful, amazing and bizarre experience.
    Best Whises,

  3. jeff says:

    Thanks Eunice and Rae. Govind was great. So glad you had a good time. Our trip was fantastic as well. Lots of good memories of India!

  4. Two friends and I went on a Gap Adventures tour in March 2011. Govind was our tour leader. He was FABULOUS! Best tour leader that I have ever traveled with.

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