When choosing a travel destination, you want to consider what kind of weather you want for the duration of your holiday. For starters, the type of weather you want to have is about personal preference, but the weather also impacts the types of activities you can do. Do you want to soak up hot weather, autumn or spring weather or wintry and cold conditions?
If you want to do a bit of skiing, ice-skating and things of that nature, then head somewhere that’s cold and has winter during the time you’re there. If you want fun in the sun and hiking, then warm weather is what you want. If you wish to see colorful leaves and birds, then go to a place that has an autumn.
City, Farm, Countryside Or The Beach
There are so many places to travel to, but you should have a good idea of what type of place you want to visit. For instance, do you want to stay in a city and explore all that it has too offer? Maybe you would like to soak up the sun and take a dip in the ocean, which means you’ll want to go somewhere with a beach.
A lot of people prefer the farm-side and countryside. If so, then choose a place that is rural and offers plenty of peace of quiet. It doesn’t matter what you want, you have many options to choose from.
Do you have plenty of money to spend and want to stay in the best hotel possible and do everything from adventures that cost money to shopping, dining out nightly and so on? If not, then look into doing things cheap by using a budget airliner, staying in a hostel and not eating out as much and doing as many free activities as possible. Whatever you decide to do, you want to make sure you can realistically afford to stay in and explore the destination you have in mind.
Book In Advance
When choosing a travel destination, make sure to book in advance when you finally settle on one. In fact, book weeks in advance because you can save some serious cash. What you want to do is make a list of 3-5 travel destinations you wish to explore and then book the one that is appealing to you the most. Do not wait for a week or two or three weeks later to make a decision because the sooner you book it, the better.
Those are our top tips to choose travel destinations. There are other tips out there, but those are some of the best ones. All you have to do now is start thinking about where you want to travel to, book your trip as soon as possible and then enjoy yourself when you get there.
As a tour guide, you experience on a daily basis what others only go through on vocation. This includes meeting and making friends with people from different parts of the world and visiting some awe-aspiring sites. You should, nonetheless, not translate this to mean the job is easy. Being a tour guide comes with challenges and as such requires hard work and dedication. Below are tips on how to become a good tour guide.
• Always face your audience as opposed your subjects Do not become so engrossed on what you are talking about to the point you turn your back on your tourists. You can achieve this by asking one member of the crowd to always alert you whenever they can’t get you clearly.
• Be personal
Your guests value so much the personal connections they create with you. So, have a couple of personal anecdotes at hand and use them to create a friendly mood. The narratives can be stories from tours you did in the past or even about your experiences in life. Creating a personal atmosphere helps you make their stay with you memorable.
As a tour guide, you normally have several people in your group (from 2 to 20). Each of them, for the better part of your stay, looks up to you both for information and entertainment. So, being charismatic will help you reduce the boredom. If you are not naturally charismatic, practice gradually by every day looking for ways to charm your group.
• Stay informed
You must have sound knowledge of what you are talking about. So, have at hand figures, facts and any other information someone on a tour might inquire from you. Research widely. Whenever you answer a question posed by any of your group members, reflect on how you answered it to find out how you could better respond to the same question in future.
• Excellent problem-solving skills
Problems are bound to arise. Problems range from a breakdown of the tour bus to one person getting ill and requiring urgent medical attention. In such instances, your good problem-solving skills will come in handy. The skills enable you to quickly and easily deal with any issue that comes your way.
Patience, lots of it, is a crucial attribute of a great tour guide. When you are explaining an elaborate historical event and answering a question that you have already answered several times previous you require a high level of patience. Similarly, walking as slow as possible, as you occasionally wait for some members to catch up with you requires tolerance.
Always remember what is obvious to you may be entirely new to you tourists. On the contrary, that which appears less to you (especially when giving information) can be more to your group members. So, always be brief in everything you say. If your tourists need more they will ask. That is better than explaining something for long when they are eager to move on to the next thing.
A Vocation is not about listening to others; it is about interacting with other people and making friends. This can be other travelers or you, the tour guide. So, engage your tourists and encourage them to interact amongst themselves. As for you, do everything you can to have factual information and to entertain your guests. This way you will make their vacation memorable.