Living the Tour Director Life—With Cindy Wilson
Whenever you are with Cindy, she is looking to have fun. She has a refreshing smile and loves to laugh. She has led groups that come to experience Lancaster for a day and many others that have gone for a couple of weeks to far off places. Cindy always seems to come home with more energy than when she left, if that is possible. She always sees the positive even in the middle of a difficult situation. And, Cindy loves the Lord and her faith is quite evident to all, especially her traveling friends. —Bob Neff, Jr.
Name: Cindy Wilson
Hometown: Currently Manheim, PA Moved 6 times in 8 years!!
Years as a TD: 8 years
How did you get into Tour Directing?
I traveled with Bob Neff Tours and always thought I would like leading tours. One day, it seemed like my current job was coming to an end, so I went in and applied. Bob hired me, a week later I turned it down staying where I was. A year later, I went back and Bob hired me again.
Top 3 Favorite tours you’ve directed?
Wyoming, Alaska and Iceland
What’s the hardest thing about being a TD?
Keeping all the pieces moving effortlessly and trying to meet many passenger needs.
What’s the best thing about being a TD?
Enjoying people and their stories—and seeing amazing places!
What do you think makes you unique as a TD?
I try to see my job as a ministry: part of that is listening and serving individuals. I like to laugh and have fun!
Is there some skill or experience you bring from a previous job or earlier time in your life to your work as a TD?
I have many years of travel experience. Growing up, I was part of a traveling family gospel ministry. I led and was a part of 12 mission trips around the world. People and travel have been a big part of my story!
Funniest memory as a TD?
Coming down the aisle out of the bathroom on Prince Edward Island with a straw hat and red pigtail wig on—everyone laughed!
How does your faith play a part in TD at BNT?
I am able to view the job as a ministry. I can share an encouragement in a devotional or I can pray!
What top 3 tips would you give your travelers to get the best experience out of the tour?
Relax! Enjoy the moment. Don’t allow the stress of seeing it all steal your joy! Remember we’re all on this vacation together!
Suggestions on shoes and luggage?
Worn in shoes with support. I take a 24-inch rolling suitcase, a backpack, and a crossbody purse no matter how many days I travel. I take a chiropractic pillow in a space bag so changes in mattresses don’t hurt my back.
What have you learned as a TD?
I have learned to be flexible and calm with ever-changing plans. I have also learned to see and listen to those around me.
What have you done or seen if you’d never been a TD?
I remember longing to go to Alaska and the Rose Parade. Today, I have been to those places several times! Amazing!
Favorite Bible verse?
Isaiah 43:19. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
What is the one place you return to again and again, and will in the future?
Wyoming. I was just there for the fourth time and the ever-changing sights never ceases to amaze me! The view changes everyday: the Black Hills, Badlands, Cheyenne, Jackson and the Tetons, Yellowstone, over the mountains to Cody—vast spaces of grandeur!
What is the question you wished I’d asked?
Do you know that God gave me this job right when my life was falling apart? Instead of wallowing in the hurt and pain, He had me pack my bag! I met people, focused on them and not my problems; I saw places I never imagined seeing. God gave me the most amazing gift and I am thankful. 🙂
Interview by Karen Leslie, BNT Travel Blog Curator
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