The 59 year old Miami native
then signed on with two
new ride share companies who were in the early stage of changing the paradigm
of transportation services in the U.S.
and abroad. "Signing on with
those app-based start-ups gave me the freedom to set my own schedule which
allowed me to pursue my tour development while still earning an income,
interacting with visitors', newcomers', and locals', and expanding my
navigational reach to Naples to the west and Jupiter to the north,"
recalls. "I worked some very high places like The Breakers in Palm Beach,
and some very low places where I actually witnessed some illicit activities
going down in the wee hours of the morning."
All and all he has literally
traveled nearly 52,000 miles
and logged in over 2,184 hours
during a course of 16 months
over a three-year
preparation for this and other South Florida
stranger to detailed tour development preparation as he was first to produce a
, back in 1992
after conducting over 127 hours
in-person research at the main library. "Back then the Internet was still in
its early stages of development and did not contain nearly as much information
as it does today,"
he points out. "Today most businesses, organizations
(including our government), and even churches have made research a lot easier
by providing their history on their websites."
new contractual transportation jobs also
gave him the freedom to pursue additional educational credits in history by
completing a six week course on Miami
history at Miami Dade Community
north campus off N.W. 27th Avenue
remember going there shortly after it was built in the late 1960's for a
gymnastics class, and later in high school to participate in track meets for
Beach High and the AAU (Amateur Athletic Union), as well as practice on my
he recalls; "Back then I could actually run from the bottom to the
top of those stairs from one end of the stadium to the other."
He was also
able to squeeze in some time, between contract ride share shifts, to complete
customer service program sponsored by the Miami CVB
, as well
as tag along as a tourist on a South
Beach walking tour
, two double-decker bus tours, a celebrity
boat tour around
the islands of Biscayne
, and a walking tour of Little
conducted by history guru Dr.
. Oh, by the way, he is also a travel writer for Trend Magazine Online™
Finally, he was able to spend time conducting research at the Main Public
which is one of his favorite places in the Magic City
of 2014 Whipple
gave his first Miami
tour which was a walking city tour that began and ended at Bayside
He invited some of his family members because they are sometimes the toughest
critics. "They seemed to enjoy themselves but I realized that I had a lot
more to learn to make the tour more interesting to locals,"
over three years later and Whipple
is ready to begin offering his tours
to the general public here in Miami
. "I am currently in the process
of hiring and training local guides who possess the qualities needed to educate
as well as entertain our guests in a manner that exceeds their expectations,"
he explains. "I have been doing it for over 25 years and am confident that
those that make the grade will continue to 'edutain 'tourists', newcomers', and
locals' here in the Magic City."
company - Queen City Tours™ and Travel
- is celebrating 27 years
service in the travel and tourism industry in North
and South Carolina
and have maintained an A
to A+ rating
with the Better
over the past decade or so. They now offer a free
of their QCT
Miami Daily Black Heritage Tour™
, just in time for Black History
, and future plans include using this tour as a fund-raiser for local
historic landmarks like the Dorsey home
and the Lincoln Memorial Cemetery
in the Brownsville
community. He has also recently published his third book
Charlotte From A Tour Guide's Perspective Part 1
in which he will enjoin with his two other titles - Charlotte
From A Tour Guide's Perspective
, and More
Charlotte From A Tour Guide's Perspective
- to become his first novel.
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