5 Reasons Why It’s Better To Travel With a Local Guide
1 Be Safe
Your local guide can advise you of what not to do and where not to go to remain safe and avoid the dangers of being robbed or other pitfalls risked by independent travelers.
2 No Need to Worry About How to Organize, Reserve or Pay
Your local guide will follow an interesting and fun schedule that the tour company has design and part of the job is to make sure the plan works without problems, fixing any snags that happen while you are relaxing and enjoying your holidays.
3 Better Time Management and Value for Money
When you are travelling in another country for the first time you need to find out what to do, where and when to go, and much more. As you don’t know the place, you rely on secondhand information. Sometimes you miss your transport, the restaurant suggested in the guidebook is closed, or you forgot the time schedule for certain activity.
With a local guide you always have the best and most up to date info, they know how long it takes to get from one place to another, when is the best time to leave, which is the best time to arrive in a restaurant or a club and how long it takes to do an activity or visit a place for example. You will see and do much more and skip the pitfalls suffered by other tourists as a result if this insider information. They will also motivate you and avoid you over sleeping and missing all the wonderful things there are to experience in your chosen country!
As the local guide knows the place in detail, they will tell you where and how to get best value when buying souvenirs or gifts and how to avoid tourist traps or rip-offs. The local guide has contacts and a good reputation and the fact that most of the activity operators make discounts for groups, you will end up paying less than you would if you were by yourself.
4 You Will Get to Go to the Best Restaurants, Bars and Clubs
Most cities and towns have different areas where you can go for a drink, a meal or an unforgettable night out. Bars, restaurants and clubs tend to change owners, location or style, locals are privy to this important information and where and the coolest places and hot spots are. If you travel with a local guide you can be sure that you will not miss the best restaurants, events or parties- meet the best people and maximize enjoyment of your trip. You will get to know the best local places with the security of safety and hygiene – as this is a subject that worries us all when it comes to have food in a foreign country. After all we don’t want to ruin our holidays by getting sick!
5 Help if You Find Yourself in a Difficult Situation
When travelling anything can happen. You may lose your wallet or camera, get sick, have problems back home, experience luggage delays and much more. If you are unlucky enough to have a problem, a local guides help is invaluable, especially if you don´t speak the local lingo! TL knows where the police stations, hospitals, post office, international call office, Embassies and useful places are located. They may also be able to provide you with access to money if your card doesn’t work or you lost your wallet while getting dizzy learning the local moves at a party.