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John McCarten (Johnny) Guide at Topdeck
"Not all those who wander are lost" From an early age I was always the "wanderer", going on adventures in shopping malls to finding ways to escape the fences that surrounded my house to go off exploring in the nature reserve next door..... I was 4. - (I ended up when going out, having one of those 'kid leads' so I wouldn't take off from my parents) We moved around a lot as a kid for dads work, going to many schools and meeting lots of new people, I believe this is where I got my "social butterfly" aspect from. At 20 I took off overseas for my first solo trip, a life long dream to Hawaii, a 3 month stay which saw me get to know the inns and outs, cultural history and locations on the island of Oahu. Soon I was renting mini vans and taking people from the hostel I stayed in on tours of the island - showing them the sites and sounds of the city and towns, to the beautiful mountains & beaches, & even famous film & tv locations like Jurassic park, 50 first dates & even Lost. Time passed and every year I managed to travel to different locations in the world. Fiji, Thailand, Singapore, Ireland, New Zealand. By 25 my life was set up, great job, townhouse, car and lots of stuff. I went to Europe on a TopDeck tour that changed my life. 3 weeks of seeing all those landmarks I only ever saw on TV where now right in front of me. I had the most amazing guide who inspired me to want to travel even more. Upon returning, my desk job felt like it was sucking the life out of me, I had this huge adventure and was living, and now it was back to staring at a computer screen all day. The post holiday blues had kicked in. I woke up one day and decided it was time to take risks and start living. I applied as I guide for TopDeck and went trough the different stages of the interview process over the space of 3 weeks. Finally the results were in and I was offered a spot on the training course in Europe, starting in 6 months time. It was time to hit the books and learn more about all the Countries I was going too visit. Without a definite job at the end of it, I decided to sell most things in my life. All this "stuff" I had collected didn't seem so important anymore. I moved out of my townhouse I'd been in for 6 years, sold the car and got back to the basics. By the time I left all I really had were some sentimental items I stored at mums and my sisters, & left with just a backpack of clothes. The Training Trip was one of the hardest things I've ever done in my life, but it made me develop new life long skills & grow as a person, finding out things about myself I didn't even know I had in me. 3 years later, going into my 4th, I'm still here and loving it. From all the amazing locations across Europe. From the deep history in France, Italy & Germany, to the clear Blue waters of Greece and Croatia, to the snow capped mountains of the Swiss and Austrian Alps. Tour guiding has opened up a world where I get to do as much 'wandering' as I like. Nothing gives me greater pleasure than hearing the "ooohh and ahhs" from my passengers when we reach new destinations. Seeing their faces when trying new food, Developing the amazing friendships and bonds amongst the group of people on the tour. They become more than just friends, it's like a family. Sharing an experience together they will never forget. Tour Guiding is an endless rewarding job, which really doesn't always feel like a job. When you love what you do, the passion and excitement comes naturally. Being a young 'wanderer' as a kid, has truly led me down the right path to find exactly what I want In life and also what I want for others. What I love about being a guide is to be given the opportunity to take people on these adventures, open their heart and minds to new experiences, getting out and exploring parts of the ever changing world, to take risks, be themselves, live their lives, and never to stop being their own little 'Wanderer.'
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Unforgettable Tour Memory
It always comes down to the people. The most amazing people you meet on the road is what makes a trip. The bond they form with me & fellow travelers. The excitement, the stories, the laughs. Visiting amazing locations, movie days, party nights, sailing, eating endless amounts of food... my God, So many unforgettable memories with each tour I get to take.
Best Travel Tip
1."Live your life. Open your heart and mind to New experiences." 2. "Take the experience in, don't snap a photo and walk away. Stop, look, listen, experience, live this dream through your eyes and not your camera or smartphone" 3. Life is like a box of chocolates, full of fruits and nuts" 4. "she doesn't even go here"
Tours John has led
This epic tour of Europe in all its wintry glory uncovers the spirit of a continent that’s famous for its seasonal splendou… Read more
Nothing’s like Europe in winter. The snow-covered rooftops, the yummy food and the chance to cloak yourself in winter wooli… Read more
John's Reviews from travellers
Johnny created a fun and accepting atmosphere among the travelling group. He shared experiences and knowledge and made an eff...Read more
Having been on a few topdeck trips I had a fair expectation of the teip leader. He was super personable going above and beyon...
An incredibly knowledgeable, bubbly and bright tour guide. From the first roll call of our group we knew we had hit the jackp...Read more
Great way to travel!! So easy and heaps of fun fellow travellers to enjoy it with.
Johnny made the trip absolutely incredible! His passion for travel, inclusive attitude and zest for life made this trip one o...Read more
Bruges Easter review
Johnny was fab! Went to Brugge with him and he was amazing! Fab your guide knowledgable and fun! Would recommend for sure!
The trip was amazing and something I still talk about to my friends - it's been 2 years. A tour guide can make or break your ...Read more
The tour was amazing, made fabulous only by my tour guide Johnny! He didn't just show us the sites, he made us live it. He ma...Read more
Best tour guide I've ever had. So good, I did another tour in the hopes of getting him again.
Winter getaway 2014/2015 met my expectations and was so much more - thank you to our AMAZING tour guide, Johnny. From well or...Read more
Johnny really made the trip a memorable one. His attitude and spirits are up there along with his respect for the people in ...Read more
You'll be the luckiest traveller if you get to explore the world with johnny as your trip leader! Welcoming you with the bigg...
Johnny made the trip even more memorable than all the sights and history that Europe had to offer!
I did a fantastic week trip from London with Topdeck. Johnny our gude was excellent and have us all the information needed to...
The trip was even greater than expected. Johnny was an incredibly knowledgeable and fun tour guide. from the very first minut...Read more
The trip was so much more than I expected! The places that we went to were incredible but what made the trip for me was our t...Read more
I went on the 2014 winter getaway with Johnny and I have to say he is the reason why this trip was unforgettable. I have done...Read more
Johnny is the best tour guide there is! He is not only knowledgeable about so many cities but he is always great fun! I had a...Read more
Amazing tour guide! John really knows his stuff and is the most entertaining person. He really gives 100% and you're guarante...Read more
Johnny was the best guide I have ever had he made our group like a family which really help since we were away over Christmas...Read more
Very knowledgeable and gave great tips about all the places we went. Extremely outgoing and always made sure that everyone in...Read more
How blessed I was to be on Tour with Johnny! Within the first 3 sentences of his introduction in London I knew I was on the t...
The trip was even better than I could have ever imagined. Johnny was a great tour guide, he was extremely experienced and cap...Read more
Johnny would stop at no end to ensure all involved were having an excellent experience
Not only was Johnny exceptionaly knowledgeable he was very inclusive, friendly and funny. I feel like my first experience ove...Read more