Monday, September 7, 2015
To Hire a Tour Guide...Or Not
Regardless whether you are the go-it-alone type of traveler or one who likes to know exactly when and where to go, you may benefit from hiring a tour guide. When?
If you are short on time, the right guide can help you see exactly what you want to see, customizing it for your few hours of visiting a new city. Think 36 hours in New York City...
If you are visiting really popular locations for the first time, a tour guide can tell you the best time to visit certain attractions or when the prices are best. When are the most people visiting the Grand Canyon?
If you are visiting historic destinations or cultural attractions, an educated tour guide can offer history, stories, and facts you might not otherwise know about. What do those carvings mean?
If you are on an adventure trip, a tour guide who knows the local area, the laws, and the land will be of great help. Want to go white-water rafting? Hire a guide.
If you don't want to drive, a tour guide can take you where you want to go without worrying about getting lost. Maybe you really don't want to drive on the 'wrong' side of the road.
If you don't speak the language or even read the signs, you might be better off hiring a local guide.