Guide books written by those familiar with a destination can be a help, but what if you have a specific question, a tight time frame or a hankering for a particular food?
This is where guides come in. Equipped with all that knowledge and more, they can expertly steer you through a destination with the added bonus of a smile and a joke or two.
In fact, that local expertise can make the difference between the trip of a lifetime and a disappointing disaster.
Want to know how hiring a guide can enhance your trip? Then read on…
When you don’t have much time to spare, it’s important to be able to get to all the “must-see” places as efficiently as possible. And who knows better than a local what these are? An itinerary planned by a guide will get you where you need to go with minimal fuss and effort. Phew.
Sure, a guide book can provide a great round-up of a destination and its main tourist drawcards, but only a guide can offer a truly comprehensive and current overview. You’ll see and learn things that you never knew before, and discover places you didn’t know existed thanks to the guide’s local knowledge.
Is there anything more infuriating than turning up to see one of the world’s wonders to find a giant queue snaking slowly into the distance? When time is of the essence, those long waits can mean missing out entirely. But a guide knows the peak times and can help you dodge the crowds.
Communicating effectively with the locals can be the key to getting the most out of a destination. But what to do if you don’t speak their language? Yes, some mobile apps or a good old-fashioned phrase book can help tackle the language barrier, but enlisting the help of a guide that speaks the lingo can be a far more versatile solution.
It’s natural to be a little cautious when you’re out of your comfort zone, but in some parts of the world, it pays to have your wits about you. But if you’re not exactly sure what that entails, then enlist the help of someone who does. A guide will know which areas to avoid and will ensure you stay on the right track.
Ok so you’ve worked out the sights you want to see and you know where you’re going, but when you arrive, the doors are bolted shut, or you can’t get in because your shoulders aren’t covered. A guide will have the lowdown on the destination’s ins and outs so you can avoid any potentially disastrous mistakes.
Sussing out the local public transport system can be as mind-boggling as trying to solve the Rubik’s Cube. So why not give those little grey cells a break and let someone else show you the way. A guide will know the local train and bus networks like the back of their hand, or they may be able to provide private transport to ensure you don’t get lost.
It’s all very well having your own personal guide to lead you through the ins and outs of the city, but what happens when their working day comes to an end and they head off home, leaving you to your own devices?
Even when they leave you, your guide can place their local expertise in your own hands to do with as you will in the form of suggestions. Need a dinner recommendation? Maybe a list of the hottest bars? Or the best place to get coffee? Then ask!