Now that there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel and tourists are starting to travel again, it might be time to resurrect your goal of becoming a tourist guide and providing visitors with the ultimate experience when it comes to visiting your local area. It is true that there will be many other tourist guides out there but you need to do something that differentiates you from them and makes your tours more attractive to potential customers. It’s going to take some out-of-the-box thinking on your part to come up with new ways to tell customers about information that you have had in your head since you were a child. It’s all about the delivery and everything is about the kind of story that you can create for them.
One of the first things that you should consider is providing your tourists with a mode of transport that is both comfortable and safe. It might be a wise investment to consider moving away from the typical small minibus and moving towards a comfortable 14 seat golf cart. You will be able to charge this vehicle at your home and then driving around the local area trying to entice tourists to come with you as you tell them about the many amazing things around your area. Once you have the transport, you might also want to consider the following tips so you can become the best tourist guide out there.
- Always face the tourists – It can be incredibly tempting as a tourist guide to turn your back on your customers while you try to explain what is behind you. Tourists are unable to hear you clearly if your back is to them and so it makes a lot more sense to face them when you are speaking. You should know the tourist attractions that you are talking about by now and so there is no need to face away from them.
- Build a personal connection – Many tourist guides just seem to ramble on and on because they no longer find the tourist attraction interesting because they have visited it and talk about many times before. You need to present the tourist attraction like it is the first time that you have seen it yourself and so try to involve your audience as well.
- Tell them a story – There are bound to be many interesting stories about particular tourist attraction and just because you don’t know about them, it doesn’t mean that they don’t exist. Talk to the local people and especially the older generations to find out about historical stories and interesting historical sites that can bring more interest to what it is that you have to say.
Nobody expects your tourism tours to be perfect and for you to have all of the answers. You should encourage your audience members to tell you about information that you were not aware of. It is always an excellent idea to ask for feedback from your audience to see where you can improve so that you can be better next time.