We’d like to introduce you to some of our friends!
The following are some great tour guides, small group tour operators, accommodation providers, eateries, drinking establishments, and travel bloggers that we can personally recommend. We hope this helps you plan your travels around the world. If you are looking for a recommendation in a particular location not listed here just ask us – chances are we’ll know someone… or we’ll know someone who knows someone.
Word of mouth goes a long way in the travel industry!
Seymour Travels – Mark Seymour is one of my (Colin) colleagues at Rick Steves Europe and runs his own small group tours around the British Isles and to other parts of Europe. A highly engaging and enthusiastic tour guide. Ask him about our travels together in Turkey!
Adventures with Sarah – Sarah Murdoch is another tour guide that I know through my work at Rick Steves but has become more like family to me. Based in Seattle and a specialist on all things Italy, also a published author for Rick Steves Sicily guidebook. Sarah blogs, has a great facebook page with regular live videos, makes art and leads small group tours to interesting and exotic destinations.
Imprint Tours – Reid Coen started Imprint Tours in 2005 and has been a great mentor and collaborative partner to help get Mondumo off the ground. We share the same philosophies of traveling with a reflective approach, connecting with cultures, and balancing enjoyment with responsible travel. Reid’s ever expanding tour portfolio includes Thailand, Vietnam, Southern Africa, India, Bali, Patagonia, Morocco, Peru, Iceland, Guatemala, and more!
Guide Collective – Launched in 2020 as a response to the slow down of travel and touring worldwide, Colin is one of the Guide Collective’s 20 founding tour guide members. Many of the smart and talented people listed on this page are also members. An online travel magazine, a resource hub and a sculptor of the “new” post-pandemic attitude to travel. Virtual tours and more at www.guide-collective.com
Trish Feaster – The Travelphile – Trish is a tour guide, guidebook researcher, blogger and managing editor of the Guide Collective. She leads tours in Asia, South America, and beyond. Trish is also a consummate foodie and if you want to drool over food porn and literally whet your travel appetite visit her blog and social media channels @thetravelphile
Anna Piperato – Anna is a Licensed Tour Guide for Siena, its Province, and Beyond. Passionate, prepared, and, as her college professor called her, “la Piperatissima”! A native English speaker fluent in Italian, Anna now calls Siena home. Connect with Anna at Siena Italy Tours and follow her experiences on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.
Andrew Villone – Andrew is an American ex-pat living in Slovenia since 2014. He leads tours in Slovenia, Croatia and throughout Central and Eastern Europe. He loves sampling local food and drink and discovering the more ‘off the beaten path’ type of places. More info about Andrew and his tours…. Website: Savor The Experience Tours / Facebook: Savor the Experience / Twitter:@RoadsLessTravel / YouTube: Andrew Villone
Rick Steves Europe – Rick Steves is America’s leading authority on European travel and has been a huge inspiration in the creation of Mondumo. Colin has worked with Rick Steves since 2013 as a tour guide, guidebook researcher, and onscreen TV tour guide. Rick Steves Europe provides fun and affordable group tours all over Europe. Rick’s guidebooks, podcasts, radio shows, blog, TV shows, and travel talks provide an infinite resource for travel planning and education on European destinations and more.
Patrick Vidal – Born and raised in France, Patrick has been a tour guide for 25 years. Now working mainly with Rick Steves and leading his own hiking tours in France, he lives in Brittany and when not on the road, loves to work on his next house project, walks everyday and skis or sails whenever and wherever he can. He also plays guitar and cooks his own preserves!
Rainer Metzger – Rainer is a professional tour guide and architect. He is wild about Italy and Morocco and explores cultures through landscapes; urban and natural. Passionate about food and drink, he delves into living histories. When he isn’t leading tours around the world, he works with Seattle ARCH. Follow him on Instagram @rainer.metzger.
Anna Savino – Anna is an American expat and wine professional who leads guided wine and food tours in the Piedmont region in Italy. Her small group tours specialize in Barolo and Barbaresco, and seek out the most personal and unique gastronomic experiences in the Langhe. www.italianna.com / www.barolowineclub.com / Facebook: @ItaliannaPiedmontTours / Instagram: @ItaliannaWineTours / YouTube: Italianna Food & Wine Tours | Barolo Wine Club
Ben Curtis – Benjamin has worked as a professor, advisor to the British government, and consultant to the United Nations. Growing up, Benjamin Curtis always wanted to be James Bond. These days, home is Prague, where he teaches, guides tours, writes books on global politics and history, and blogs at www.benjamincurtis.me
Liz Lister – Born, bred and still resident in Scotland, Liz is a Blue Badge Guide who shares a deep pride and fascination in the country of her birth. Passionate about introducing and interpreting Scotland, Liz’ aim is to educate and inform – but above all else to have FUN! Liz’s website describing the services she offers can be found at www.jaggy-thistle.com. Follow her blog at Stravaiging with Liz.
If you get the chance to visit Wellington whilst in New Zealand, be sure to join one of the Food & Spice Odyssey Tours which let you discover why this city is the coolest little capital in the world. Find out the secret places where the locals eat and drink on a full or half day tour, a walking food tour, or a brilliant cocktail tour.
Helen at Ultimately Sydney (Australia) believes that to fully appreciate a city it’s good to SEEK-TASTE-FEEL it through the HISTORY-FOOD-CULTURE. Traveling in a small group or private charter, enjoy a collection of boutique itineraries that will introduce you to the much loved highlights, as well the local Sydneysiders’ most loved artisan businesses, restaurants, bars, galleries, and unique spaces.
This is Melbourne (Australia) shares experiences that capture the essence of this great city; it’s people & diverse history – all through the ‘lens’ of Melbourne’s exploding culinary scene. Delivering guided culinary tours for hungry foodies visiting Melbourne – or local Melburnians yearning to experience or reconnect with the delights of their own hometown.