Guide: Tips for Hiring a Guide
Guide, or no guide….that is the question.
Well, Shakespeare would disagree, 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?
- I’m on vacation! I don’t want to research.
You like to go and experience with no previous research. You want someone to meet you at the door and take care of all the arrangements like how to get there, how to get in without standing in a line, and take you around explaining everything.
2) I’m on vacation! I can do all the research I want!
You like to research everything and do it yourself. You have read the books, refreshed your memory about the history of the area and have learned the difference between sultan and king. You know a few words in the local language and are prepared for the dress code in mosques and churches. You know where a backpack is allowed and where you will have to check it at the door. Is photography allowed? With or without flash? You know the answer! You have 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?
1) Use a guide to get the feel of things.
You like to use a guide for a little while. Perhaps the first day you get to a new location, hire a guide to give you a lay of the land. They can fill you in one 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.
Use 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!
3) Use a guide to learn even more.
Use a guide if you have been to a sight 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!
If you are a planner before hand and need or want help – Give me a shout! Ebooks for the kids are a great idea no matter your traveling style!!
Natalie, The Educational Tourist