How does one end up being a tour guide?
Well, for me, it was because I wanted to have a job that involves travelling. During my younger years, I thought that any job that only requires you to travel is a very easy job.
Of course, I was wrong about the very easy part. But I was right about the fun and the adventures that I could have because of my job as a tour guide here in London.
Besides the travelling, here are other things that you need to master and know when you decide to become a tour guide just like me.
Assess the Pros and Cons of this job
I know I have already discussed a bit about the pros and cons, but let me dive a little more deeper in to the issue.
PROS: you get to meet lots and lots, and I mean A LOT, of people. This is something that could be tiresome for some, but it could really be fulfilling for others. At times, seeing the look on the faces of the people you tour could just melt your heart away. Especially if they have saved up and spent their life looking forward to the day they get to visit the place you tour. Nothing is more heart-warming than helping people achieve some of their goals in life.
Another positive thing about this job is that it never runs out of something new. Unlike your job at the office, where things could become a routine, being a tour guide just makes you always expect the unexpected. In effect, not only the people you tour are getting the adventure, but you yourself as well.
CONS: since this is a freelance job, starting in this line of work can be very difficult. You need clients, and you would either have a few of them or have too many of them. Sometimes, you have nothing to do for a month, while some months, you can’t even take a decent bath anymore since when one tour ends, another one is about to start.
In addition to meeting lots of people, the downside is that you will also meet ungrateful and bossy people, and there is not much you could do about that. all you have to do is stretch your patience until your tour with them comes to an end.
Knowing the Language
Well, this is something that I had little adjustments to do since we still use the English Language. However, some tour guides take the extra mile to learn as many languages as they can. This is because the people you tour could come from all over the world, and while the English language makes things easier, there are still some people who are not that fluent in the language. Also, it would make them more comfortable and game if they hear you say even just a few greeting phrases of their language.