ToursByLocals Welcomes Tomas to the Marketing Team

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At the end of August we welcomed a new staff member to the ToursByLocals office team in Vancouver: Tomas Pantucek. Tomas had recently moved to Canada from the city of Brno, in the Czech Republic and was living and working in Whistler when he saw ToursByLocals was looking for an online marketing specialist. It can be difficult to tempt people away from the beautiful BC resort town, so we’re very happy Tomas made the move for us!

I asked Tomas a few travel-related questions to help us all get to know him better.

Where was the last place you traveled?
The last place was Canada! Before that I made 3 climbing trips last summer. First one was a spring trip to Croatia, Paklenica National Park. It was little bit busy there but a beautiful place for multi-pitch sport climbing. Then I climbed Hochschwab in the Austrian Alps. Because of the thunderstorm which surprised us in the middle of this wall, it was the most thrilling climbing experience I have had so far. And my last climbing trip took me and my friends over to Slovenia. We made a little road trip around several Slovenian climbing spots.

If you could return to one place you’ve already been, where would it be?
So far I'd like to keep exploring new places but there's a special place in my heart for Estes Park, Colorado where I spent 3 years.

Where do you think you’ll go next?
On the top of my list are Peru (for hiking) and Vietnam (for climbing). I would also love to make a road trip around Canada which was originally an important part of my Canadian plan. Obviously with my new job here, plans have changed and the road trip has to wait a little bit.

Can you tell us your Top 3 “bucket list” destinations?
Colombia - Amazon Rain Forest
Nepal - Himalayas
Vietnam

What’s your best tip for meeting locals when you travel?
When possible I like to travel at the beginning or at the end of the tourist season. The weather is usually still or already great, there are less crowds and everybody is less busy. Then you actually get the chance to really enjoy the place - no rush, locals have more time to talk to you, share stories, give advice etc.

Of course besides traveling in off season, the best way how to meet locals is to stay in a hotel where they don't speak English, eat in restaurants where they don't speak English, and use public transportation to get around. Go where locals go.

Thanks Tomas! And welcome to the ToursByLocals team.
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