Mitch Bach

Hi, I’m Mitch. I’m a travel industry expert focusing on extraordinary travel experience design, storytelling, and guide & staff training.

Current Work

TripSchool (co-founder)
A tour guide training organization focused on lifelong learning for tour guides and tour businesses.

Tourpreneur (co-owner)
Podcast, community, website, and membership program focused on helping tour businesses grow and be more profitable.

Campfire (co-founder)
An custom-made community platform for tour guides and travel businesses to connect. Online courses. Job board. Discussion groups. Global tour guide directory.

TripAdventures

The Pathways Project

Global Guide Alliance

 

Bio

Mitch Bach has been an opera composer, philosophy teacher, and magazine photographer, but the central activity his life has revolved around is travel. After graduating high school he left home with a backpack and no plan, and moved to New Zealand simply because it was the farthest place he could go. 75 countries later he ended up with degrees from the Sorbonne University in Paris in history, philosophy, and music, but his summers were spent organizing and leading groups around Europe and the rest of the world. He started his own tour company and now lives in Manhattan, where he guides locally and internationally, and trains new tour guides and directors. He runs TripSchool, which leads destination trainings in the US and Canada, and  publishes commentary guides for several east coast cities, and opportunities for joining a network of experienced tourism professionals who offer mentorship and practical destination help. When he’s not racing around the world, Mitch composes classical music (he just premiered his second opera) and takes photos for leading publications.

Speaking Engagements

Conferences: Arival, IATDG, ITMI, IATM, Travel Unity, Tour Radar

Companies: Disney, Globus, The Travel Corporation, Worldstrides, EF, G Adventures, Scenic, ATI

Interviews & Writing

The New York Times – interview for The Pathways Project
Washington Post
Arival – How to Hire the Best Guides
Leisure Group Travel

Podcast Appearances

Tourpreneur
Tourism Marketing Mastery (part 1)
Tourism Marketing Mastery (part 2)
Tourism Marketing Mastery (part 3)

Education

University of Paris-Sorbonne, B.A. & M.A. in Philosophy (France)
Conservatoire Nationale de Musique et de la Danse de Paris (France)
Sydney Conservatorium of Music (Australia)
Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand)

Extra Curriculars

Classical Music Composer
Latest Composition: opera, Les Trois Mousquetaires, for the Phoenicia Festival of the Voice. My music shows influences of French impressionist and modern spectral traditions, as well as roots in early music and liturgical chant. He writes mainly vocal and choral works.

Professional Photographer
Work has appeared in NY Times, Wall Street Journal, New Yorker, Time, LA Times