Ian Watson — Travel Industry Credits

Since 1989 I have worked virtually every summer in the travel industry as a travel guidebook researcher and editor, as a tour guide and tour manager, as a group tour planner, as a cruise ship lecturer, and for a travel bookstore.

Travel guidebooks

For a complete list of guidebooks that I've worked on, click here.

Tour guiding and managing

2007 — 1 week for Heimsferðir in Italy
2005 — 6 weeks for Rick Steves' Europe in central Europe
2004 — 12 weeks for Rick Steves' Europe in central and western Europe
2003 — 12 weeks for Rick Steves' Europe in central and western Europe
2002 — 12 weeks for Rick Steves' Europe in central Europe
2001 — 12 weeks for Rick Steves' Europe in central and western Europe
2000 — 12 weeks for Rick Steves' Europe in central and western Europe; 2 weeks for Elderhostel/Scandinavian Seminar in Iceland (as group leader)
1999 — 9 weeks for Rick Steves' Europe in western Europe (partly as assistant guide)
1998 — 6 weeks for Rick Steves' Europe in western Europe (partly as assistant guide)
1997 — 6 weeks for Rick Steves' Europe in western Europe (as assistant guide)

Tour planning

2000-2003 — I designed, planned, and administered a 19-day tour of central Europe for Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door. This was a wonderful creative endeavor. I got to see hundreds of American travelers discover Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Czechia and eastern Germany. The itinerary rose from one to four to twelve annual departures.

Shipboard lecturing

2006 — Lectures on Norway, Svalbard, Jan Mayen, and Iceland on board the ms Prinsendam, Holland America Lines.

Travel bookstore

1995-1996 — I worked at the Globe Corner Bookstore, a great travel book and map shop in Cambridge, Massachusetts (still surviving online at globecorner.com).