OK, you have decided to book a local guide.
(And you should, I write about it here)
The time has come! You’re going on holidays. And you want everything to be perfect. Well, most of how it’ll go depends on you. One of the most important choices you’ll have to make is your guide. You’ll spend a lot of time together. An incompetent, rude or not trustworthy or reliable guide can ruin your vacations. It’s good to choose them wisely.
So to which qualities should you pay most attention to?
You get better with time. Often the more experience you have, the better you are. Skill is an important factor when choosing a guide, but bear in mind that it’s not a deal-breaker. After all, everyone has to start somewhere.
Reviews are important for any kind of business. Everything can look great on the outside, but how do you know if it really is amazing? The solution is quite simple. Find out what other clients think. There are websites where tourists’ opinions are available and the guides are marked with some dots or stars. Usually these reviews are trustworthy.
3. Vocational education
When you’re looking for a guide, their education is most important. If you’re into history – look for a history teacher or student. If you want to discover the culture – maybe you can find someone that studies it. Or, if you want the professional, all-around experience, there are tons of tourism courses at Universities.
The second way to categorize guides is those with and without a license. If you want your tour to be more professional – find a guide with a license. If you prefer your guide to be your friend, the license is not at all important.
We all know people that we can’t stand. Would you want that person to show you around a city? Before you choose a guide, find out if they are nice and if you like each other. Find someone who is firm, but also empathetic and make sure that you’ll want to spend lots of time together.
5. Local or not
Locals know the place best – everyone is aware of that. Sure, if you get a guide from your country, there’ll be no language barrier. But how much do they know about the culture, food, and life there?