The TripSchool Story

TripSchool was founded by two travel professionals after nearly 40 combined years in the industry. We’ve done everything: from tour director and tour guide, to travel agent, operations manager, consultant, and trainer. After so many years in the profession, we’ve learned the techniques and strategies that help companies grow their business, and tour directors and guides grow their skills. Whether you’re new to the industry or looking for continuing education or new ideas for improvement, we’re here to help.

TripSchool isn’t a “school” in the traditional sense. Our name refers to the incredibly rich learning experience you receive while traveling over the road with us, or online. It’s like nothing else in the industry.

Who are we?

Mitch Bach has been a tour director ever since his first year as a university student at the University of Paris-Sorbonne. He’s taken students and adults around the world for 17 years. Now he speaks at travel conferences like ITMI’s Symposium and IATDG, and runs trainings and seminars for student and adult tour companies like WorldStrides, Globus, Travelsphere and EF Tours, among others. He’s also the author of four popular commentary handbooks for east coast cities, published by TripSchool Press.

Alan Armijo is an industry veteran, having worked as a tour director around the world for over 20 years. While he’s toured everywhere with students and adults, he specializes in the U.S. and Canada. He’s also worked in corporate travel, event planning, tour contracting and itinerary building. He’s trained tour directors for years and has also spoken at conferences and events, most recently at the 2019 IATDG conference, where he led sessions on using technology creatively on tour, and the evolution of tour directing.