Colin Mairs is one of our directors and our head tour guide. He was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland.
He first donned a backpack and hit the road solo at the age of 18, travelling alone for three weeks through parts of France, Italy and the Netherlands. Towards the end of this trip, Colin had an epiphany where he pondered “how could I travel as a job?”
Fast forward 7 years and Colin is living in Portugal. He already has his degree in French language and literature (with a merit of distinction for spoken French). Whilst searching on the internet for jobs for when he will return to Scotland, hoping to use his languages, one popped up for a driver tour guide, taking people around Scotland. This sounded like a perfect combination of working with people, being outdoors, having the opportunity to use languages and showing off Scotland.
Colin began guiding in Scotland in 2010. He started with a company doing minibus tours of the country. At the same time as working in this job he studied a 2 year part time course at the University of Edinburgh which would give him accreditation as a Scottish Tourist Guides Association (STGA) Blue Badge Guide. Colin is certified to guide in Scotland in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish. Colin’s company in Scotland is called Excursion Scotland – http://www.ExcursionScotland.com
Cupid shot his arrow to bring Colin and Claudia together. This romance would eventually lead to Colin moving to New Zealand to be with Claudia. Very soon Colin picked up the knowledge and transmitted his guiding skills to New Zealand. As a member of ProGuides New Zealand Colin guides in New Zealand as – http://www.ExcursionNewZealand.com
A big break for Colin’s guiding career came in 2013 when he met renowned American travel author and tour company owner, Rick Steves. Colin showed Rick around his hometown of Glasgow which led to Rick asking Colin to lead his group tours in Scotland. To this day Colin leads Rick Steves tours in Scotland and this relationship is respectfully maintained whilst Colin explores business ventures outside of Europe. Mondumo Small Group Tours aims to provide Rick Steves style tours of New Zealand and beyond.