For International Women’s Day on March 8th, we’re talking travel to some of our female guides around the world. Today we head to Krakow, to talk to our local expert, Monika.
What is your best travel memory?
Patagonia, Argentina. I’ve been there several times and every time I have the feeling that it is a real paradise on Earth. All those beautiful lakes and mountains…
Why did you start working in travel?
Simply because I love travelling, and also because I really like meeting new people — something that travel definitely opens you up to. Also, back in communist times, it was very difficult to travel beyond the Polish border, so to travel, I started to study geography and tourism. Finally I became a guide, a tour leader, and a WFTGA (World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations) national trainer.
What is your favourite part about working with Urban Adventures?
I love the feeling of togetherness that Urban Adventures upholds. Even though we’re spread out all over the world, it’s like working with a close-knit family. And of course, unique people connected by the same idea of offering responsible tourism in a local way. It is a great feeling to find similar people around the globe despite so many cultural differences.
If you could live and work in any other UA city, where would it be and why?
I’m between Buenos Aires and Barcelona. In both cities, I have a feeling of being part of the place. I don’t feel like a stranger.
If you had to give a visitor one tip about your city, what would it be?
Take the time to explore Krakow slowly — every corner has its own story and there are plenty of hidden places where only locals go. If you just see all the “must-see” places, you won’t see the real city.
Where in the world (other than your own city!) would you go to:
Get cultured? Italy.
Eat amazing food? Mexico.
See some wildlife? Venezuela.
Get some sun? Cuba.
Enjoy the great outdoors? Argentina.
Taking a trip to Krakow? Why not discover the city from a local perspective on one of our Krakow tours!