Learning Tour Directing Online!
The most affordable way to learn the group travel industry and whether a career as a tour director is right for you.
Begin a new career!
Learn about the industry and the skills that it takes to work as a professional tour director or tour guide.
This is the most affordable way to acquire the knowledge necessary to see if you’d like to pursue this career path!
Online + In-Person
Finish your training by attending our in-person intensive Boot Camp sessions for five days of non-stop workshopping of the skills you learned. You’ll be a pro from Day 1.
Before you invest a large amount of time and money in this industry, completing this course is the best way to see if the job is right for you. If it is, the next step is to train with us in person. There’s no substitute for live instruction, but this course will take care of teaching you all of the ‘classroom’ knowledge at your own pace!
If you’re unsure of what this industry is, begin by reading our page: What is a Tour Director? And check out our long list of unsolicited testimonials from past students!
Learn the industry.
Group Travel is a unique and rewarding career, for the right people. Dive into all of the aspects of tour directing, tour guiding, and where this job fits in to the travel industry as a whole.
All the technical knowledge you need.
From deciphering an itinerary and how to map out your tour days to figuring out your post-tour paperwork, we’ll give you the skills to understand what’s required of you, then focus on the new technology and techniques that help you master the craft!
Flashcards, Quizzes, and Personal Check-ins
We’ll check in with you throughout the course to make sure you’re understanding the material and to answer any questions you may have. The end of the course will require you to complete assignments that show us you’ve absorbed the material. Together, we’ll all be confident you’re ready to attend our in-person Boot Camp!
21st Century Techniques
Our teaching focus is on helping you understand the travel industry in 2019. The way people travel has changed significantly in the past 5 years alone! We have a strong focus on using the latest technology to enhance your tours, and for tour preparation and follow-up. We talk about internet-based advanced mapping, tour research, and file storage. We also focus on experiential travel by sharing our unique group storytelling techniques and ways to create the “wow” moments that groups today crave.
Ashley has group travel experience ranging from domestic educational travel to luxury group and private tours across 6 of the 7 continents, and as a newer tour director has landed a coveted full-time position with one of the leading adult tour operators in the industry. Her educational background ranges from undergraduate degrees in East Asian and Global Studies to a Master’s in Academic Advising. She has experience using and developing a range of online courses, and has participated in several of TripSchool’s intensive destination trainings.
Mitch is one of TripSchool’s founders, and a veteran tour director of 18 years now. He has been asked by leading tour operators to lead trainings on all aspects of tour directing and guiding, and has authored several books in the industry.
Need more convincing?
15 jam-packed modules of tour director training content
all the need-to-know information about the group travel industry
Complete content quizzes to reinforce your understanding
Affordably understand whether this is an industry and career for you!
Access to this information throughout your career
One-on-one personal check-ins to make sure you’re absorbing everything
This class is part of our Certification Program
Let us know if you’d like to take it individually.
Our Promise to you
Once you complete this course, you’ll have all the essential knowledge you need to be successful in this industry.
We’ll help you get work.
Ask any of our graduates, we work directly with tour operators to get you work. We vouch for you, and put our reputation behind your ability to competently lead groups.
You become part of the TripSchool family.
TripSchool really is a family. We help each other succeed in this industry. You’ll be part of our private Facebook group, and also be able to reach out to Mitch and Alan any time, with any questions. We want to be a bridge between you and tour operators, and help you along in your careers!