So you’re ready to take the plunge and book a trip to a new location, but will your guidebook and your instincts be enough to get you around? Sometimes, maybe, but often its a better idea to just go ahead and book a tour guide, especially for certain excursions and activities. Here are 20 reasons you should book a tour guide during your holiday:
1. Learn more about the place you are visiting.
Tour guides are a wealth of knowledge about the places they are showing you. Their job is to show you the sites while explaining their significance, complete with all of the interesting facts you would not have otherwise learned.
2. See more of the sites in less time.
If you’re traveling with a tour guide, you’re with someone who knows where they’re going and how to get there. They’ll be able to effectively plan out your time and choose the best ways to get places, at the best times, in order for you to have the best trip possible.
3. Transportation is settled.
In a new city it can be difficult to navigate public transportation, renting a car is often impossible, and taxis can cost you a pretty penny. With a tour guide, your transportation will be figured out for you, whether its a bus, private car, bicycles, or simply on foot.
4. You’ll be sure to stick to the safe places.
Wandering around a new city on your own can be fun, but it can also be dangerous. If there are less-than-savory locations in a city or town that you’re visiting, it’s important to be aware of them and to avoid them. With a tour guide you won’t even have to think about it.
5. Forget about asking for directions.
Travelers often dread having to ask for directions from place to place, especially if you’re visiting a country with a language different from your own. With a tour guide you’ll be brought from place to place, and will always have someone to ask when you’re not sure how to get back to your hotel.
6. You will have to worry less about the language barrier.
Tour guides can speak your language, and the language of the country you are in. If you have any questions or concerns on your trip, you can just discuss them with your tour guide.
7. You’ll be shown good, tasty, and safe food.
Trying new foods is one of the best parts about going on holiday, but its important to know what’s what and where not to eat. Food stalls, for example, in some countries can make you sick, while others will be the best food you’ve ever had. A knowledgeable tour guide can help greatly in this manner.
8. Avoid the headache of dealing with tickets, reservations and opening hours.
The logistical planning of a holiday can be a nightmare. Avoid worrying about how you’re going to get in to the museums and other sites by hiring a tour guide. They deal with all of the bookings and reservations so that you don’t have to.
9. See natural wonders and adventure excursions in a whole new way.
If you’re going on a trip outdoors or in a natural environment, a tour guide can help you get around and see things you might not otherwise know how to find. In a jungle adventure, for example, a tour guide can navigate the trails and help you find that awesome hidden waterfall you’ve been hearing about.
10. Save money.
Tour guides often have access to exclusive holiday packages and other discounts and incentives. By booking a tour guide, you can enjoy these and even other deals at restaurants and the like. You’ll also save money by optimizing your time and the way you get around.