As I went hiking through the mountains with friends, I mentioned spending a part of my life in Germany. A colleague asked whether I spoke German, and after checking my knowledge asked if I wanted to be a tour guide. I decided to give it a shot, but I never would’ve guessed that 8 years later I would still enjoy doing this job which I would hardly give up for any other. The number of people I met, the friendships I’ve made and the experiences I’ve gained give me the same spark and motivation for this job as I’ve had on the first day.
As a young girl chatting with my fellow friend I have said once that I saw myself living in New York and besides English to learn other foreign languages. Some years after my studies of English literature, I have moved to New Jersey. Having always passion for travel and exploring and a chance to meet different people, I managed with my work and a free time to visit each state in America, Cuba, and whole Europe. My next travel dream was India and I did it. At some point, from USA I have moved to a beautiful city of Ghent, Belgium and there I have learned Dutch language. I returned to my home town of Mostar nine years ago .Immediately I got opportunity to work as a local tourist guide. I was very happy because I knew that I can offer: in depth knowledge of my surroundings, to understand the needs of the visitors who visit our region and to be a good host with open heart. Welcome to Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina! Heel hartelijk welkom naar Mostar, Bosnie en Herzegovina !
I started working as a tour guide in my hometown, Mostar, while I was still a student of journalism. In tourism, just like in journalism, it is important to pass on the correct information. Providing nice info on cultural heritage, tradition and gastronomy after I finished my studies became my calling, my job and my hobby. It’s now been 11 years since I’ve been in this dynamic line of work, filled with challenges and enriched with friendships with travelers from all over the world.
I’ve been passionate about my hometown of Mostar and its surroundings for as long as I can remember. The more I learned about the world, the more important I found it to show my country and my region in a positive light. I started doing this job while I was still at the university, like many students who want to earn some money during the summer break. There are many of those who see this job as a fun way to make money and gain experience. I have found it my calling in life. If you combine that with my love for travel and meeting new people, it’s very easy to understand the passion and love I have for this job!
In the 1970s, there was a herbalist called Karajica near Stolac in Herzegovina. As a 10-year old, I directed travellers to that miraculous healer, not even imagining that I will devote my life to tourism. In the 1980s, I started working in the tourism industry in Dubrovnik. In 1990s Sweden becomes my second homeland. I set up my own travel agency in Sweden, and start bringing guests to Croatia and the rest of this region. I returned to Mostar in 2009. Since then, while leading groups of Swedes I’ve been living my own dream – connecting my two homelands.
I grew up listening to stories about my father who used to be a tour guide, and how he enjoyed each and every day spent with his guests. That was my first impression of tourism and I loved it. So since my childhood, I knew I wanted to do this job. Every day I spend working I consider to be time to show my new friends what my city and country is about and how beautiful it is. And that is why I enjoy being a tour guide so much!
Guiding a group of tourists through your country for what seems the millionth time, may sound difficult and boring to some people. However, looking at peoples faces that express awe and admiration when we talk about the history, culture and traditions of your country, gives me an owerwhelming feeling of joy. Every group of people I work with leaves a great impression on me. This job gives you an opportunity to have a great deal of experience working with and meeting people of various cultural backgrounds, sharing your passion for travel, and if you have a little bit of luck, making new friendships. It's for these reasons, that I consider my being a tour guide a life calling, rather than a job.