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Community Highlights: Meet Alexia Sánchez Moreno of The Andalusian Private Tour

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alexia Sánchez Moreno.

Hi Alexia, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
If someone would like to understand who I am and how I’ve got to be here, I should start quite early, when I was going to the University and discovered my passion for helping others build a better life. I have a degree in Social Education, and for 10 years, I worked in different NGOs, Educational Services, and Aids Projects. Traveling around and living those working experiences in several countries was a huge learning for me. That is also how I got to learn languages. Ten years ago, a friend knocked at my door to ask me if I would work as a tour guide. I have always had a passion for history, and he gave me the chance to combine my hobby with my languages skill and my competence in the social field. So I say yes, let’s try! And here I am, a freelancer still learning some accounting, website maintenance, social media uses, and many other new (much boring) skills necessary if you are your boss. In the meantime, in my personal life, I got married, and I have two beautiful children who fill my days with joy, craziness, homework, afterschool activities, and spare time playing and laughing!

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been fairly smooth?
Thank you for this question. I’m very optimistic, and I now see how challenging this profession has been for me.

The first thing I had to deal with it was going back to study while taking care of two babies and having to work. If I wanted to be a tour guide in Europe, I needed a special permit, and I had to take some quite challenging exams.

The second thing was to build my website, which I had no idea about, so I hired an agency, but they weren’t excellent.
Then I realized it isn’t only about having a website. It is mostly about how to make it arrive in people.

Third, when my website started to work, some COVID arrived, and I couldn’t work as a tour guide for 2 years. The challenge now is to get a full monthly salary out of my work as a tour guide!

We’ve been impressed with The Andalusian Private Tour, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I called it “The Andalusian Private Tour,” and I’m specialized in offering holiday experiences all around my homeland Andalucia. I offer cultural tours of all the major cities’ main monuments, scavenger hunts, food tours, or theme tours of several topics. On my website, you could find available offers of what could be done, but I enjoy very much adapting the offer to the clients’ wills. I like to prepare with them their perfect time on their holidays. I deliver personally the visit to Seville, my birth city and where I live, and I have colleagues at the rest of the locations who I trust to make the best experience. If you ask me what makes me different, I would say that my clients over these ten years usually point out how passionate I am, how funny and exciting has been their time with me, and how much they felt covered up in every need during the tour. Then, I would say I enjoy working with kids and teens so much, and I know many of my colleagues don’t, so it could be considered something extra that I have.

Do you have any memories from childhood that you can share with us?
Oh, I’m plenty of lovely memories from my childhood. At this moment, it comes to my mind the first time I remember the ocean, which is just one hour away, so I had gone many times before, but that is the first I have a memory. I was with my mum and my elder sister. I was running naked while my mum ran after me trying to wear me up, and my sister was flying a kite, and I got away from my mum’s upper part of her bikini when she caught me so she would be naked; like me, we were all laughing so loud!

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