Part of what makes Tenon so great is our one-on-one mentality and desire to get to know our clients. We thought it was about time to return the favor and let you get to know us! Mike, our Travel Experience Manager overseeing our By-Your-Side Service℠ TEAM (Travel Experience and Assistance Managers), has been with us since 2017. Below he answered some questions about himself and his journey in the travel business!
If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?
“This is a hard question because there are so many places I want to go! I would have to say New Zealand would probably top the list. But 1 week would never be enough time, there is just too much to explore in New Zealand.”
Where have you traveled to so far?
“I got a late start on traveling. Most of my life was just traveling to other East Coast states and, of course, the obligatory trip or 3 to Las Vegas. I went on my first cruise about 5 years ago and now have been on 5. I have been to The Bahamas, Bermuda, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Belize, Honduras, Columbia, Panama (through the canal), Costa Rica, Mexico, St Thomas and St Maarten.”
How does your experience relate to your job at Tenon Tours?
“I’m a details kind of guy. Before I leave for a trip, I’ve gone over every little thing – times, places, dates, documents, etc. Everything is usually planned out way ahead of time. Of course, once I get there, the plans go right out the window. But that is part of what I do at Tenon; I make sure all the details are taken care of – I make sure someone is there to meet you at the airport; that your tours are on the right days and times. I worry about the details, so you don’t have to!”
What do you like to do in your spare time?
“I don’t have a lot of spare time. I live in a beach resort town and work part-time as a bartender on weekends so it’s a great way to meet new people. I’ve had some great conversations across the bar with people from all over. I’ve learned a lot and, hopefully, enlightened a few people as well.”
What is your favorite part of traveling?
“I love to find a “locals” bar, restaurant or pub; somewhere away from the tourist areas. You can learn a lot about the culture and the people of that country just by sitting and talking to people. They also let you know the places that are “must see” stops, places you can learn more than you ever would on a scheduled tour.”