Meet Y Tran - Vietnam
When we trek into the mountains and see how simply people live it makes me realise that we have so many demands in our lives, we forget how simple life can be for us to be happy.
What do you enjoy the most about being a group leader?
I feel love for my country and I know that while everyone lives in different places and speak different languages, often our thinking is the same. Being a leader we don't just give information to passengers but we learn from them and get to see another point of view.
What led you to becoming a leader?
When I was young, I wished to travel everywhere and see the world; to see all the different places and people; to know how they live and how it's different from the way I live. I also wanted to learn as much as I could about my culture and the special stories we have to tell. I feel so proud about what I do and it opens my mind every day.
Is there one ‘real life experience’ that stands out for you?
When we trek into the mountains and see how simply people live it makes me realise that we have so many demands in our lives, we forget how simple life can be for us to be happy. t's always a great moment, you feel peace in your mind, take in the green of the mountains, the fresh air in and it makes you see how wonderful life can be.
What is the most special thing about the region you lead in?
The different kinds of food along our journey, from ancient family recipes to street food and busy restaurants. The Mekong Delta is a rich land with lots of tropical fruit, along the coast there is fresh sea food and, in the north, there is so much - just prepare you stomach and go!
What tip would you give to someone who’s seeking real life experiences while travelling?
Learn as much as you can about the country you are visiting including the culture, a little bit of language, local rules and prepare yourself to accept different things. And just go with the flow.