I began my career as a professional engineer, but I always felt that something was missing. I finally went out on my own and found my passion as a world traveler, and then eventually took on life as a travel guide. With 3 seasons working for G Adventures in Canada and SE Asia, this transition most definitely fulfilled some of the desires I had been missing. I need to work in a business that makes people happy every day. Traveling and showing people new places and discovering new cultures, brings smiles to peoples’ faces every day, and sometimes that can be payment enough! I thrive on challenging people, getting them out of their comfort zones to overcome their fears, no matter how large or small. Just a fear of the unknown world out there can easily be conquered.
For me, the most important aspect while traveling is the relationships you create, whether it is with local people or other travelers. Immersing yourself in the local culture and interacting with local people is paramount on any of my trips. Not to mention the sights, sounds and flavours of the world that will wow travelers every day!
I have traveled to or worked in over 65 countries and am very comfortable many places in the world. Of course, there are still times when I have reservations when traveling to a new country, but that is part of the challenge, excitement and beauty of travel for me. As a self proclaimed travel engineer (as I now consider myself), I feel that I need to share my wealth of travel knowledge and experience, and help people get past their reservations to discover more of the beautiful big world out there. You won’t be disappointed! Travel allows you freedom; you never know what the next day might hold. Even a bad experience can be a great story afterwards!!
When I’m not actively traveling, I’m tending to my other passion – the great outdoors. In winter, I’m usually found alpine skiing in the mountains around my home in Kelowna, BC, Canada, or mountain biking up them in summer.
MARTIN CALLUM - FOUNDER / GUIDE / TRAVEL ENGINEER
Click on the link or photo above to discover which countries Living Free Range has explored to date. Living Free Range would be excited to organize your trips to any of these countries, since we have experience.
If you want to get the most out of your trip with lots going on but with the logistics and organization taken care of in an efficient, friendly and fuss free manner then I'd recommend Martin without reservation.
- Alison and Andy, UK
Martin has a really lovely manner which set the overall tone for the group. There wasn't a single issue amongst anyone and dear friends were even made. I would definitely book a trip with Martin again.
- Christie, Australia
I would certainly travel again with Martin, I can’t wait to see what he has lined up for the future. It most certainly sparked my desire to travel after an unforgettable first experience.
- Charlotte Bakewell, UK
Martin's fun and enthusiasm is matched by his organizational skills, thoroughness and travel knowledge. He was usually the last one to bed and first one up in the morning to ensure that the next day was organized. His tireless work ethic ensured the tour went smoothly and the hours he put in certainly didn't dampen his energy and enjoyment.
- Steve, Australia
His invaluable insights into local customs and etiquette, gained through his own extensive travels, helped us feel completely comfortable in an environment so different from home, and even form connections with locals- the best way to truly experience a country!
- Hannah, UK
I cannot wait to travel with Martin again and I highly recommend everyone to go on a trip with him- Theresa, Germany
and enjoy what this beautiful planet offers with him together. He'll surely show you some of the
most beautiful spots!
Martin was an amazing tour guide – super knowledgeable about all the places we visited, easy going and fun, and made sure everything ran smoothly! I feel that he really maximized what I got from my trip. I’d definitely enjoy traveling with Martin as my tour guide again
- Erica Barrett, Australia
I spent two weeks traveling through Canada with Martin as my guide, and I couldn't recommend his tours more. Martin's positive and energetic attitude kept the whole group high-spirited, and through his careful preparation and extensive knowledge of the area he provided a seamless trip that allowed us to relax, learn, and enjoy. I've never experienced a tour before or since that has come close in comfort, quality, or fun. Thank you, Martin, for delivering an unforgettable experience!
- Hayden, Australia
We traveled through South-East-Asia with Martin for three weeks and enjoyed every minute. Martin is a super experienced world traveler who knows a lot about foreign cultures and places. He went out of his way to give us the best possible experience of all the places we visited and made sure our travel was as fun and as smooth as possible. After doing guided trips in many countries now we can say that our trip with Martin was one of the best travel experiences we had.
- Nils, Germany
Touring across the Canadian Rockies with Martin will always be one of the top times of my life. I am so grateful that he was our guide. He worked very hard (seemingly effortlessly to the group) to make our trip a success. He went above and beyond to fit in as many "wow" moments as possible. Something I really liked is that Martin has a deep respect for the wildlife and ensures his group see great things but without upsetting the local creature features, and without risk to themselves. He's a top guy and I'd recommend him to anyone without hesitation.
-Ian Hunter, UK