Guide: Tips for Hiring a Guide
Guide, or no guide….that is the question.
Well, Shakespeare would disagree about that being ‘THE’ question, but who asked him? LOL!
Guides can be very valuable. They can give you background on the sites, history, culture, and take you down paths you didn’t know existed. They can help out before hand with arranging the trip of your dreams. To decide whether or not a guide is for you you need to ask yourself a question:
What type of traveler are you?
Traveler Type #1 – I’m on vacation! I don’t want to research.
Traveler Type #1 likes to go and experience a vacation with no previous research. This person wants someone to meet them at the door and take care of all the arrangements. They want to be taken care of with someone else knowing how to get there, how to get in without standing in a line, and take him or her around explaining everything. This traveler wants things to be super easy.
Traveler Type #2 – I’m on vacation! I can do all the research I want!
Traveler Type #2 likes to research everything and do it all themselves. They want to read the books, refresh their memory about the history of the area and have learn the difference between sultan and king. They learn a few words in the local language and are prepared for the dress code in mosques and churches. They have studied and know where a backpack is allowed and where it has to be checked at the door.
This traveler knows the answers to all these questions: Is photography allowed? With or without flash? When is the museum open? Closed on which days? Can you get there by bus? Which bus? What time? This person a spread sheet showing the times and dates everything is open including when the busiest times are and which day it is closed.
But….What what if you prefer to travel in the middle – a little bit of each?
1) Use a guide to get the feel of things.
We like to use a guide for a little while. The first day a guide we get to a new location a guide can give you a lay of the land. They can fill you in on the local customs and get you ready to pursue things on your own.
2) Use a guide so you don’t miss out on something really important.
We also suggest a guide for a really big and important sight like the Vatican. When you have a spot that is so big entire college courses are taught on them, a guide can be a great idea to help you narrow down the information. They also answer questions!
This is really great for a group with different interests. My husband and son always have different questions than I would even think of! A guide can tackle any question. They are licensed and well educated on the sight.
3) Use a guide to learn even more.
Another great reason to use a guide is for a sight you’ve seen before. When we visited Pompeii, part of our group had been before and thus had already scratched the surface of this destination. We hired a guide who was able to give us an even deeper understanding which made it fun and interesting for the entire group!
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Natalie, The Educational Tourist