If you’ve taken a tour before, you know the importance of getting a good tour guide. It can actually make a huge difference in the quality of your tour. Our travelers have consistently ranked their tour guides as being one of the determining factors of the overall vacation success – so you’re going to want to choose carefully.
Here are the top 5 things to look for in a tour guide.
1. They’re knowledgeable.
Your tour guide should know the answers to any questions you may have about the history, politics, and culture of the region you’re touring. This is a must if you want to get to know the local customs and practices (and who doesn’t?). Seeing the local way of life is one of the most enriching parts of traveling, and a knowledgeable tour guide can help you understand what’s going on around you.
2. They love their job.
There are two types of tour guides: ones who love their work and ones who don’t. It’s important to find a tour guide who loves what they do and is passionate about the area they are guiding you through. Local guides who show pride for where they come from are some of the best guides in the world, their passion seeps through every fiber of their being. A tour guide who loves his or her job will show you the amazing things to see in the area and inspire you to ask questions and get deep into the history of a destination.
3. They’re trustworthy.
Above all, your safety is the most important thing when on a tour. You should have a tour guide who knows how to keep you out of trouble and has your safety covered at all times. A tour guide who knows the local area like the back of his hand will never steer you into danger, which goes back to point number 1.
4. They’re generous.
You’re spending your hard-earned money on a tour guide – is asking for pictures really too much? Your tour guide should be willing to bend over backward to see that you have the perfect trip, and a good tour guide will offer to take that incredible picture before you even have to ask.
5. They’re experienced.
They say the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person, and rightfully so. Experience is key when touring a destination with a guide, it allows the guide to give greater context and background. That doesn’t mean that someone in their twenties can’t do a fantastic job, some young people have more travel experience than their elders. Look for someone who has both local knowledge and experience of the destination.
Our guides are some of the most experienced in the business. We’ve been operating tours around the world since 1951 – come see why our tour guides are the best in the world.