Tourist guides are needed in the growing industry of tourism. They are the ones who will tour the visitors and share some insightful information about the culture and the place. Here are the ways on how to become the best tourist guide:
Know your field
The first thing to consider before becoming a tourist story-teller is to know your field. Being a tourist guide is not just talking about random things about random destinations. You should understand what field in the tourism industry you are most attached to and what group of tourists you would like to be with. If you love to talk about adventure, then you could be a perfect tour guide for thrill-seekers. If you love underwater diving, be with the tourists who love beaches.
Apart from your personal experience with the field or the place, make sure that you have extra knowledge about the tourist destination, the activity, the history and some essential hacks like directions and budget management. It is important that you are fluent in delivering information to the tourists. Your knowledge can educate them about your culture, laws, and traditions.
Who does want a boring tourist? No one! So as much as possible, be alive, alert, awake and enthusiastic in communicating with the tourists. Show them the energy and pass it to them. The more enthusiastic you are, the more visible your eagerness and passion to become a tourist guide. It can also help them be at ease and comfortable with you. However, do not reach the certain point of an annoying tourist guide who is very hyper.
To know if you are an exceptional tourist guide, you must awaken their consciousness and encourage them to engage in a conversation. See to it that the tourists will understand what you are saying. Encourage them to ask questions or to share some similarities and differences from their place and culture. It is important that the tourists will become comfortable with you so that the experience will be much more genuine.
Love the tourists
Of course, you will never be an exceptional guide if you do not love the tourists. Being a tourist guide is not just about earning money, but it is more of the relationship between you and them, that two different cultures understand each other through the passion of traveling and appreciating the beauty of the world. Make sure that you leave an impact to them in which they will earn their best experience ever.