Meet APT Cruise Director – Ranan Richardson
How long have you worked with APT?
I have worked with APT for two years now. I would say my most favourite thing is honestly our guests – mostly from 'down under'. I adore their curiosity and flexibility when travelling, and can never get enough of their great sense of humour.
What does your job entail and what do you love most about it?
I lead tours through England, Scotland, Ireland and Greece. What I love most about my job is sharing all the hidden secrets and special corners of the countries we are visiting, and watching my guest fall in love with their holiday choice. For me the five senses are very important and I try hard to have each day's activities include these. It is wonderful how at times one feels like the fairy godmother, waving our wand and making what guests wish to see, do, smell, taste, come true. I always tell guests we are collecting M&Ms (monuments to memories). I want these to be their most important and valuable souvenirs they with which they will return home.
What has been your favourite on-tour moment and why?
This is such a hard question as every day is usually better than the next. The tours are incredibly well written and the sights are breathtaking even for us who see them several times a season. I'd have to say travelling around Dingle Peninsula in Ireland is really an 'ah ha' moment. I also found it very moving when one of our guests for a tour called the Grecian Odyssey had a relative that was at the Battle of Crete. We all paid our respects to this person at the cemetery with a rose from each one of us. It was one of those moments that makes you stop, think and be very grateful for your life and the significance of the day we are living now.
What does travel mean to you?
Everything! It's all the five senses in the moments you experience throughout a day. We are all so uniquely different, yet all so very similar. We all have pretty much the same desires – to be loved, to be valued and to be heard. Funnily enough, none of these really need words or a verbal language to be achieved. It always amazes me that the simplest moments are ones we love and remember the most.