Traveling is fun when done in an organized manner. The goal of any away-from-home stay is to provide an unforgettable experience. This can only be achieved if there is prior systematic preparation and knowledge of the places to be visited or stayed in during the course of the vacation.
Sometimes, if not often times, it is useful to procure the services of a Travel Guide to assist one or a group of people when they are on a holiday tour of a location of their choice. Below are three important insights a travel/tour guide needs to know to assist travelers achieve a wonderful tour:
Understand your Clients
- A good Travel Guide needs to be alive to the needs of his/her clients. They have to be focused on listening to the preferences of the clients in terms of timings of visits to various locations and be ready to offer logistical support for easy mobility.
- Some clients may be children or the elderly or even people with disabilities. Understanding the needs of such special groups is key in helping a travel guide plan so that special arrangements are made for these people to have an experience that is as enjoyable as the other clients.
Be Ready to Offer Useful Advice and Suggestions
- Being a travel guide entails having knowledge of various travel destinations and even other natural attributes of a travel location. A good travel guide should (for instance) have knowledge of weather patterns of a location of interest at their fingertips.
- This is useful in offering the vital information to clients so that they can plan for any eventuality in time. For example, if a location is known to be rainy and cold over a certain period of time, it is the duty of travel guide to give information about such weather patterns to their clients so that they can plan on carrying clothing to keep the warm during their period of stay.
- Same applies in situations where travel could be by night. A travel guide should be able to offer suggestions of best routes to take and advice on places to break for refreshments and even sightseeing.
Be Conversant With the Terrain and Routes to a Travel Destination
- It is expected that a travel guide has extensive knowledge of a travel destination. He should be able to take alternative route(s) if need be. He should also understand the terrain of the area so that the kind of machinery to be used in mobility is appropriately selected.
- Knowing the routes to a location saves time and is also useful in being able to know when to slow down as what is expected over a given stretch is already understood. Safety is key in travel and knowing the routes and terrain assists in realizing that.