WHAT IS DIFFERENT ABOUT MY TOURS?
I will let you be the judge of this once you take a look of how I work on every tour. But if I have to mention the main things which satisfied my customers, here is what I think.
First, I organize a limited number of tours to ensure quality. Take a look at my calendar.
Second, no throwing random itineraries at first contact. I try get to know the basics of my customers first before proposing a tour.
Third, working my head around to come up with a custom itinerary is the excitement of my day to day life and the spice which makes my job interesting. I give it my all with passion.
Fourth,I try to mix an authentic and genuine cultural experience to every tour;
Fifth, personal attention of escorting my customers, not just as a guide but also as personal photographer.
Most importantly, my dream in life is to travel the world ( more about me), This makes it easy for me to empathize with my customers and go an extra yard to make their journey the best that I can.
INSIDE MY WORLD: TAKE A LOOK OF HOW I WORK ON MY TOURS
Packing and prep
At your look out
Take 10 minutes to fill my brief questionnaire. Let me have the basic information that I need to work out what I see the best possible itinerary for you.
Then get a travelers perspective: I will introduce you to one or a few customers who share your interests and inclinations. Have both a proffessional and traveler view on your plans. After all, a tour in Ethiopia is a once in a lifetime experience for most people.
In addition to the extra work of tailoring your itinerary. I am also happy to make the additional effort of proposing three pricing options. These consist of budget, standard and high end alternative, making it easy for budget conscious customers to make their best suited pick.
As my business via referrals and recommendations grew, I have also introduced a unique approach that I call budget based packages: the customer contacts me with his/her set budget where I would plan out the best possible touring experience for their set budget ceiling.
Follow upI know that any traveler would have several follow up questions before their travel. I try to remain connected at all times whether at home or on the road. In addition to timely email responses, I make myself available for live chat or even internet calls.
Packing and prepMy custom packing checklist comes with last minute weather updates. Along with it comes few resources that you will find handy. You will also get your Ethiopian mobile number before your travel, so that you that you can share it prior to your travel for emergencies or worried families.
Genuine experienceMy welcome treat starts at my family home and not in restaurant. A traditional buffet will await you. With English speaking hosts and in a normal environment, your journey starts with a genuine Ethiopian experience. You can get a glance of the Ethiopian cuisine and learn how the best coffee is made in the land where it was first discovered.
At your look outI enjoy every trip as much as my first and looking and despite working with the best team, I always travel with my customers as an escort guide. I split my time with groups in case of simultaneous tours. You have my personal attention and traveling along with an amateur photographer has its advantages if you don't have a back up camera.
FlexibilityFor most travelers a trip to Ethiopia is a once in a life time experience. If you feel like changing things a bit once the tour has started ( like staying longer in a place) I am open to changes.
Farewell giftYou are bound to go back home having made several friends. One of the best souvenirs you will go back with are great photos for your album. Remember: you are among the very few who are traveling with their own photographers.