Guide: Tips for Hiring a Guide

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  1. I have never used a guide but I am beginning to really like the idea of it. It makes things a lot more simple and you learn things you would not learn otherwise. I think I will try it next time

  2. Ha Truong says:

    I haven’t hired a guide yet, but I use free walking tour when I travel. It’s way better to explore places with a guide since I can understand about it more.

    • NatalieTanner says:

      Those are great options, too! The price sure is right! We love to walk and see things but have not tried a specific walking tour…now that you say that…I need to look into it! Thanks for the tip!

  3. stace16 says:

    I do allot of research before my trips! So im usually ok to go it alone. Sometimes having a guide is nice so they can tell you stuff the locals know that you may not find in a guidebook!

    • NatalieTanner says:

      I agree! Sometimes I choose a guide for one important site..for example, the colosseum or a mosque in Turkey to add to the research I’ve done. You can’t beat the locals giving you their opinion!

  4. Excellent question 🙂 Love your perspective. I always think that most of the times you need a guide as a local who’d help you not with the research that you’d get on google anyway but the local flavour that you can get. The interactions are priceless! 🙂

    • NatalieTanner says:

      Thank you! It is very personal in terms of how you absorb information and the culture. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. yukti says:

    I have always used google as a guide. But from last two trips I am usong local guides. These local guides are helpful in mixing up with locals and culture

  6. Kevan says:

    I certainly fall in the middle. There is some really good advice here. I especially agree they are great for not missing something special. It’s their job to have inside information.

  7. I prefer to have a guide or join a group. They are very helpful especially if you want to maximize your time. They also share good travel stories and tips in finding nice local restaurants. However, I cannot afford to have guides always. I try to do things on my own as much as I could.

  8. asoulwindow says:

    Haha, love the way you started the blog with a joke. I personally feel that a guide is very important. I have visited the same monument twice, once without a guide and once with a guide. I prefer the human guides better than those audio guides though. The tips you have shared will help me choose my guides in a more useful way henceforth.

    • NatalieTanner says:

      I’m with you on the audio guides being less than a human. I find the audio ones to be a little dry. AND you can ask questions of the human!

  9. I always like to do my own research, but I think certain historical sites – such as Aushcwitz (for example) should always be visited with a guide. Where there is so much to take in, it is better to have someone with a lot of knowledge to help you wade through it all and get the most from your visit.

  10. I believe that knowing about a place before going there is very important, Natalie! I really enjoy when we have a local guide!

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