How to Become a Tour Guide

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To become a tour guide you need flexibility, patience, the ability to multitask, a great personality and as much data as you can get your hands on about the locale in question. Prepare for your new career with the tips in this free video of advice from a travel expert.

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Hi, everybody. It's Matthew, coming to you with over 22 years in the travel industry. Take a look at this: Singapore, Italy, Spain, Bangkok. These are great destinations. These are destinations I went to also as a tour guide. I'm going to tell you how to become a tour guide as well. Being a tour guide is a very exciting and very rewarding job, but it is not that easy, it's very stressful. So, if you're a type of person who knows how to be very flexible, juggle many balls in the air, and have a lot of patience under pressure, this could be the job for you. What do you do about it? Well, I would first get as much knowledge you can about the different destinations that you're going to be going to, or want to go to, so read up. Read books, read articles, read magazines, be as well prepared as you can. Also, what you want to do is make sure that you have, well, a great personality, because personality is the main thing that will get you to become a tour guide. So, you also have to remember when you are with your group, you want to appear that this is their vacation, this is their trip, not yours, you want them to have the best time they can possibly have. No matter how pressure and stressful the job may be for you, it's their trip, it's their vacation, you're the tour guide. So, you want to travel to these great places as a tour guide, like I did? What do you do? Go to your local travel agency. Pick up a bunch of brochures and pamphlets, write to the companies of the different destinations and the different travel companies around, and let them know you want to be a tour guide. That's one step in the door, and hopefully, this knowledge will get you another step further. Thanks for watching, thanks for tuning in, I'll see you all later. Bye.

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