Born and raised in Kerman, Arash is an Iranian tour guide with over 10 years of experience. He first considered the idea of tour leading in 2005 while working as a shopkeeper in a fabric store, where he met many tourists and was always fascinated to ask them why they were travelling in Iran. He had many ideas of how to make tours successful, so he decided to attend a tourism course in 2007. After receiving his national-accredited license for tour leading, he started to work as the local guide in his hometown. Arash then moved to Terhan – the beginning of a new era!
Q: How did you fall into tour leading?
A: Aside from speaking the English language, I always enjoyed being in touch with different nationalities. Every tour is a chance to learn new things about people, and to teach them about my culture.
Q: What do you like most about tour leading?
A: Most importantly, I like meeting different people to gain a greater understanding of the world.
Q: Where is your favourite part of the world?
A: I do love Machu Picchu in Peru. It combines ancient history and the natural world.
Q: What was your biggest travel highlight?
A: When I had an individual tour with two young Dutch brothers, and I had the honour of witnessing a proposal of the younger brother with an Iranian lady who was my close friend. I will never forget that moment!
Q: What’s the one thing you couldn’t travel without?
A: Absolutely my phone! It’s my life, but don’t use it much when I’m working.
Q: Which famous person would you most like to travel with?
A: I’d like to travel with Shaquille O’neal - the American Basketball player!