The adventure tour guide’s role

Thinking of becoming an adventure tour guide?

Adventure tour guides know everything about the places to be visited and are responsible for the success or failure of an escorted tour.

On an escorted tour travelers pay extra money for the convenience of having someone along who knows a specific geographical area and who is familiar with the details and preferences of the group of travelers. Being in tours that run for a week or two involve quite a bit of work, so having the service of an adventure tour guide is a big help. They act as educators and all-around experts in the history, geography, and culture of the places to be visited while travelling with the group.

Adventure tour guides organize and lead the tours to exotic places, make all travel arrangements that  include dining and lodging reservations, schedule activities, arrange for visas, teach about cultural customs and coach the group on the basics of the different adventurous activities, such as mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, skiing, horseback riding, diving, sailing, cave explorations, and white-water rafting. Usually, a tour guide is described as part entertainer and part troubleshooter, and always a tour company’s representative.

Good communication and people skills are essential. Dealing with different kinds of people with different culture is not always easy, which is why a tour guide should be a people person. In addition, contagious enthusiasm and experience in a variety of adventurous disciplines ensures a successful trip.

Escorting tours is not all luxurious travel and glamour. As an escort, it means leading a group of people from location to location, looking after their needs, answering questions, and dealing with emergencies. The guide must be reliable and trustworthy to build the group confidence necessary for successful completion of activities. It is important to use good judgment under pressure and be resourceful when dealing with any emergency situations that may arise.

Still thinking of becoming an adventure tour guide?

The job of a tour escort is not an easy profession but if you are inclined to adventure, being an adventure tour guide is a good deal. Not only will you get to meet different people and see different places, but also you get to have ADVENTURE again and again!


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