What were you doing before Backroads?
I was working as a waiter in a high-end restaurant.
Why did the TPS position interest you?
I was really excited and happy to get a foot inside the door of Backroads.
Where did you work as a TPS?
I worked in Iceland and the Czech Republic.
What were the highlights of the job/lifestyle?
The highlights were all the places that I got to visit. Many parts of France, Ireland, Spain, Germany, Austria, Italy. As well as the sense of pride from the work of helping our trips run smoothly.
What were the lowlights of the job?
The work can be repetitive sometimes and you need to be flexible. Even though working as a TPS was fantastic overall, I couldn't help but to envy the trip leaders. In a way, of course, motivating and inspiring me to work harder to become a leader myself.
What skills did you gain working as a TPS?
I gained more social skills and got better at getting along with people from different cultures. As for hard skills my driving skills sky rocketed through the roof, I now feel I'm a very proficient driver. Bike mechanics were the same story.
Any advice for future TPSs?
To get the most of your role as a TPS make sure you are resting and doing fun stuff on your days off. Explore the region. Go cycling and hiking, go swimming in the lake or by the beach. Make sure to enjoy the opportunities that you have at hand. As a TPS you have a good opportunity to befriend locals which can be really fun, interesting and rewarding.