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Looking from the outside it seems that it couldn't be any easier to become a tour guide. It is enough to learn some story about historical events in a specific place or about the architectural features of buildings on a particular route and you can successfully do this work. However, to become a real professional you’ll need a lot more.
A wide outlook of the guide is a pledge of that his trips are entertaining and exciting for people with different interests. But knowledge does not come from nowhere, it is the result of constant self-improvement. What ways of self-education are available to a modern specialist?
The times of mass tourism are gradually receding into the past. Today, many people prefer individual travel instead of group travel, refusing a clear program, time frame and other constraints. As it turned out to the surprise of many of them, it’s not so expensive, especially if you go within a mini-group of 3-5 people. Besides, an individual approach has much more advantages than the classical one.
Mayonnaise, omelet, broth, rib steak... France is home to many culinary terms, and for good reason has an unofficial status of the gastronomic capital of the world. Famous wine and cheese are not the only "attractions" of Burgundy, Provence, Brittany, Normandy and Bordeaux. Familiarity with the legendary cooking requires from you more than one day and will leave a lasting impression to tourists, if you offer them a well thought out route and the most interesting and significant places. What are those?
Agra is synonymous with architectural brilliance. Every house on streets boasts of fine detailing on the exterior as well as interior. The city offers you to gather knowledge of architectural splendor of the Mughal regime. Not just the magnificent forts, tombs and mausoleums, you can find local markets where you can purchase novelty products at moderate prices.
Ask anyone, where the world’s longest and arguably the most beautiful natural beach is located, odds are they’d choose from somewhere in the Caribbean, Brazilian, New Zealand or Australian region. But, they’d be all wrong. The world’s longest uninterrupted natural sandy sea beach is in fact located in a relatively unknown fishing port named Cox’s Bazar in the southern tip of Bangladesh, a country in south-east Asia.
France, the United States or Thailand? A fascinating tour of an old town streets, gastronomic tour or passive beach-related rest? What drives people of different ages and social strata to choose one or another tourist destination, you can know it from the statistics and sociological surveys presented as infographics.
Having children is not a reason to give up traveling for many years. Once the heirs reach a certain more or less conscious age, progressive people are starting to plan trips around the country and even abroad. If your clients are exactly from such a family, prepare for the tour in time. What do you need to remember for making the trip leave only a positive experience to young travelers and their parents?
Sometimes the guide’s behaviors and character traits produce such a painful impression that the tour does not trigger to tourists nothing but irritation. What weak points produce the greatest dissatisfaction?
Shopping tours occupy a special niche in the travel industry. Those cannot be called business travels, but are used by tourists to solve practical problems. A trip to relax is not about those neither, but there is present some part of entertainment.