On the road – two months in the life of a Destination Manager

I’ve had all sorts of jobs here at Peregrine, but my current role as Destination Manager for the Middle East and North Africa is the most fun (and hard work!).  I’ve recently returned from two months in the region and thought I’d give you an insight into what we do on our overseas trips.

The first part of my trip was research. I spent ten days in Jordan, an amazing country with a spectacular desert landscape.  As the plane landed, the pilot said ‘Welcome to Jordan… please turn back your watches 500 years’. Researching a new trip starts back at home, contacting potential ground operators and looking at possible itineraries.  After a couple of days of meetings, I travelled around the country for a week or so and reckon we have a ripper little new 10-day trip called the Jordan Explorer.

From there it was on to Cairo. I have some wonderful friends in Egypt – our manager, Magdi Abd El Meguid, the great team in the office, local guides, the Bedouin guys who run our tours in the Western Desert and the countless people who just make things tick over there.  It’s also a great chance to spend time with our tour leaders – the most motivated, passionate and hard-working team in the business.  

The last leg involved a journey from Spain to Morocco, to finalise our new Highlights of Southern Spain & Morocco adventure, which covers the many highlights of these two very different worlds which are only miles apart.  Here’s my tip: go to Morocco before it gets overcrowded with tourists.  You know those painful travel bores who say things like ‘oh you should have seen it ten years ago’?  Well in ten years time they’ll be saying just that about Morocco, so go now!

This article was written by Ryan Turner (in Melbourne) – Middle East Destination Manager.

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