I have lived here for almost 20 years and I have been a Tour Guide since 2009.
I started my working life as an elementary teacher, then lived and worked onboard Princess Cruise ships as a crew member. I organized the kid and teen activities while also assisting the Shore Excursion department. I was fortunate to visit many different countries over the course of three years onboard and have developed an appreciation for travel and everything that involves: trying new foods, meeting new people, learning about other cultures.
Since moving to Los Angeles in 2001 I got involved in the corporate world and the non-profit sectors. When the economy changed in 2008, I lost my corporate job along with many others at that time. While attending a Travel Show sponsored by the LA Times, I discovered a school that trained tour guides. In May 2009 I graduated with a certificate from the International Tour Management Institute (ITMI) and began my exciting new journey.
In the next year I gained experience by leading student tours, senior tours, over-the-road tours and I also served as a hostess for a travel club in which I was responsible for up to hundreds of travelers via cruise ship, all-inclusive resorts and bus travel.
In August 2010 I made the decision to launch my own tour business so that I could make a greater impact on tourism right in my own hometown.
I am now a private tour guide here on ToursByLocals, offering small-group tours across this fantastic city known as La La Land. I have a vast knowledge of the area's most historic sites, hidden gems, restaurants, landmarks, filming locations and more. When I'm not leading tours, I'm out doing research so that I can share my discoveries with my guests. As your driver & guide, I am happy to customize a tour just for you!
My tours are perfect for families and travelers of all ages. I own a 2015 Toyota Sienna that seats 7 maximum passengers. It has great surround-sound and strong air-conditioning. Windows roll down for good photo opportunities. The van is registered with the PUC so that I am fully licensed to drive passengers for tour purposes. Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride!
A Recent Review of this guide
Trish was prompt and very friendly and knowledgeable. We enjoyed our day!!
TCP licensed by the California Public Utilities Commission; Certification from ITMI, the International Tour Management Institute (2009); Elementary Teaching Credential from CSU, Fresno (1988); BA in Public Relations from CSU, Fresno (1987)
-My vehicle seats 7 guests maximum
-My vehicle is not handicapped-accessible, but can accommodate a collapsible wheelchair or walker in the trunk