Want to experience a new place like a local? Get off the beaten track and away from all the tourists?
There are many reasons to consider hiring a local guide, and here are the top ten.
10. Hassle Free Planning
Hiring a local guide can take all of the burdens off of you for trip planning. You can be as involved as you wish in terms of choosing where you want to go and what you want to see. A good tour guide will be able to talk to you beforehand about your interests and will know what there is in the area that you would enjoy. With Cleverbreak, you can look at what guides have to offer, or post your own ideas and find a guide willing to make your wishes come true.
9. Get off the tourist track
Most of my favourite travel stories have been when I’ve gone off the beaten path and away from the tourist throngs. There’s obviously a reason that there are main sights that you have to see when you go somewhere, but it’s also nice to actually experience the place you’re in by being surrounded with locals instead of tourists. Having a local guide, they know where those secret spots are and can lead you to them. There’s no better feeling than knowing that you’re actually experiencing the country that you’ve come to see, learning about the local ways and immersing yourself in their way of life.
8. Learn unique history
Googling a landmark may tell you about the generalized history of a place, but how much of that information do you actually retain? Having a local guide puts a face, a name, a voice to that history. They can tell you how they themselves or their families were affected by events that happened there, making you much more likely to pay attention and actually remember.
7. Stay safe
Travellers can be prime for the picking for thieves or worse. No matter where you travel, there are always stories of travellers getting mugged, pick-pocketed or worse. With a local guide, they can warn you of dangerous areas, steer you away from crooks or unfavourable merchants, and keep an extra eye on you and your possessions.
6. Support the local economy
Many countries around the world depend on tourism for their livelihood. With larger companies taking over, the locals are the ones who are left to suffer. Hiring a local guide provides someone with a reputable, interesting job that can support their family. Especially in the third world or developing nations where good jobs are sparse. This puts the locals on the streets in a positive way, earning their money instead of begging (or stealing) it from tourists. It also provides enthusiastic locals with an option to spread their love of their country or city to those who are excited to hear about it.
5. Save time
If you’re short on time in a particular area, hiring a local guide will help you see all of what you want to in a timely fashion. You won’t have to worry about figuring out where to go and how to get from place to place, it’s all in the hands of your capable guide.
4. Have an answer to your every question
Have you ever walked down a street and thought “I wonder what that is?” but never found out the answer? With a local guide, they are with you and able to answer your every question (or at least able to ask around to find out the answer for you).
3. Push you out of your comfort zone
We tend to be cautious when we arrive in new places. With a local guide, you’re able to let some of your inhibitions go when you have a trustworthy guide. When you hire a guide with Cleverbreak, you know that you are in good hands. Alone, you may be hesitant to go to that restaurant full of locals, with a guide you’re soon eating the best food of your life! Or maybe you want to hike a remote area and there’s no way you can do it on your own. A local guide can help you challenge yourself and help you achieve your dreams.
2. Eat local food at the best places
One of the greatest joys when travelling is to try the local cuisine and try out new spices, tastes, and authentic dishes. Local guides are able to take you into hole-in-the-wall places that you would have never found on your own, typically being tastier and less expensive than places you would have found.
1. Learn about the locals, from the locals!
In my opinion, if you’re not learning about the local culture and speaking with the people that live there, you’re not really seeing a country/city/place. A local guide gives you insight into the real life of the people where you are travelling, allowing you to really experience their culture.