What Should You Expect From Your Local Tourist Guide?

One of the best ways to enhance your travel experience is by hiring a local tourist guide when visiting a new place. Tour operators usually hire these guides, and their main task is to guide and show people the designated locations.

A passionate tour guide loves their country and also the people who visit it. Hence, they will give you the best tour experience. However, not all local guides are the same. But, there are some common traits you can expect.

Knowledge About The Place

A local tour guide is expected to be knowledgeable and should know the right facts and figures about what they are talking about.  Their knowledge of history, place and people will enhance the travel experience of any traveler. The tour guide should be able to recall the information and present it interestingly. They should also be able to answer any questions about the place.

A tour guide with years of experience will prove to be a better choice as they will have all the information about the places you will be visiting.

Walking tours are one of the best ways to learn intriguing facts about the city you are visiting

Language And Communication

Tour guides can help lower language and communication barriers when traveling to a foreign country. That way, tourists are less likely to be cheated or getting lost. The tour guide should also communicate effectively and command attention, especially with large groups of people. This is one of the most critical skills that should be expected from a tour guide.

Strong communication skills will help them deal with people in a clear and easy-to-understand way. They need to educate their guests on proper etiquette to respect the culture they visit.

Be Aware Of Safety Issues

Not every destination you visit will be safe for traveling with family or as a solo traveler. That’s where a local tourist guide needs to ensure that the group stays together and safe until the end of the tour. They are also responsible for explaining safety regulations and procedures to tourists and identify possible security threats making your travel hassle-free. Safety is a priority for travelers, and a guide is expected to pay attention to this aspect.

Follow Time Schedule While Also Being Flexible

A tour guide should have the ability to adhere to a schedule. They are expected to be prompt and dependable to complete the tour in the set schedule. They should be able to organize travel itineraries and schedule activities utilizing the amount of time you have. If the guide does not meet time schedules, your whole trip can be ruined, and there will be confusion and unhappiness among travelers.

Night tour of Alcatraz, AKA The Rock
There are all sorts of after hours lectures and extra features available on the Alcatraz night tour

You might miss some of the activities, putting you off track from the planned itineraries. The guide should also be flexible enough to accommodate the requests of tourists. A flexible approach can make a tour different from the other.

Ability To Work With Different People

Tour guides are responsible for assisting people from different parts, cultures, and ethnicities. For this reason, they should not show preferences and work with people from diverse cultures and walks of life with the same enthusiasm and friendliness.

Local guides are not expected to single out any individual or give special attention to one age group and ignore the rest of the group. A guide should also have understanding and assist tourists with special needs like people with disabilities, families with infants, and senior citizens.

A tour guide who is concerned more about the requirements of tourists will stand out. Travelers appreciate guides who help make the experience a memorable one. While opting for a tour guide service, a local person who fulfills all the above qualities will enhance your authentic traveling experience.

Just watch out for the unhappy tour guides 😉


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About Derek Freal

"Some people eat, others try therapy. I travel."   Cultural enthusiast. Adrenaline junkie. Eater of strange foods. Chasing unique and offbeat adventures around the world since 2008. Derek loves going to new destinations where he does not speak a word of the local language and must communicate with hand gestures, or places where he is forced to squat awkwardly to poo -- supposedly its healthier and more efficient. For more information (about Derek, not squat pooing) including popular posts and videos, check out his bio.

2 thoughts on “What Should You Expect From Your Local Tourist Guide?”

  1. So, my best friend had this wonderful idea of going to Nashville sometime this year and seeing if we’ll like any music events. We’re thinking about looking into some tour services to know more. It’s convincing to know that the assistance of people from various locations, cultures, and ethnicities falls within the purview of tour guides. Because of this, you said that they ought to treat everyone with the same passion and friendliness at work and refrain from displaying preferences. Thanks.


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