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A private tour by locals is a custom tour run exclusively for you, with your family or friends and with no other strangers. You get to choose every component of your holiday, and TAGyourguide.com’s online system will easily arrange every aspect and address every detail for you directly with a local tour guide. This way you are relieved of the stress from planning, allowing you to focus on having the trip you’ve always dreamed of.

Private or small group tours are becoming increasingly popular nowadays because travelers are realizing these advantages:

  • You can start your tour on any date that best suits you.
  • You can choose the length of the tour based on your schedule and budget.
  • Plan the tour with hotels and sightseeing locations based on what you’re interested in.
  • Plan your meals based on your preferences and diet restrictions.
  • Experienced guides and competent drivers are provided for your exclusive use.
  • Private cars or mini buses are operated for your party only.
  • You can travel at your own pace with the flexibility that suits your travel style.
  • It is ideal for people that need special assistance (i.e., the elderly, people with disability or families with small children).

Small group or private tours have their own share of pros and cons. There will always be potential risks whenever you travel. Be a smart traveler and try to minimize those risks by considering these 8 tips when you book your private tour:

1. Ask a lot of questions.

When you decide that you want to go on your dream vacation and that you would like to hire a private tour guide, you should be prepared to ask a lot of questions. Ask about the ins and outs of a location. What are the best restaurants to dine in? What sites are worth seeing that are not commonly visited by tourists? How do we get there? Will you need a visa? Do you need to be vaccinated before you travel to these places?

2. Get to know your potential tour guide.

Don’t just book a guide without getting to know them first. Ask him about his experience as a tour guide, the length of time he’s been doing this and what makes him enjoy being a tour guide. Ask him his interests outside of being a guide. Know him on a personal level because you’ll be spending a considerable amount of time with him and you need to make sure your personalities are compatible with each other from the get-go.

Ask your potential tour guide about his experiences in dealing with emergency situations. Let him narrate to you the entire encounter and see if his instinctive reactions to unexpected situations are acceptable to you.

3. Check references and reviews on your potential tour guide.

Know what others have to say about your tour guide and if they felt his service was worth investing in. Hear from former clients about their experiences with your guide and see if it’s something you would want to look forward to as well.

4. Do some research.

Especially if you’re planning on visiting an exotic location, you’ll need to spend some time learning the culture. In some parts of the world, the manner in which you are dressed matters a lot and can offend the locals if you’re not careful. Some countries shut down at certain hours of the day or entirely on certain days of the week. Knowing these bits of information can help you plan your itinerary better.

5. Have an action plan.

It never hurt anyone to be prepared for any unexpected situation. Take time to make a plan on what to do when things go wrong.

  • Who do you call?
  • Where will you go? Where is your country’s embassy?
  • Do you know anyone that lives nearby or in the location you are visiting?
  • Which banks in your location are co-subsidiaries of your bank where you can run to for additional funds in emergency situations?

6. Have a contingency budget.

You’ve decided on a specific budget for your dream vacation, but it might also be a good idea to earmark a specific amount of money for unexpected circumstances. This contingency fund is not meant to be spent or consumed during your vacation, but to simply have available and on-hand only should the need arise.

7. Let others know your whereabouts.

Whenever you plan to travel, even if the place does not seem to be risky or unsafe, make sure someone knows where you are. Let your friends and family in the know on what your vacation itinerary is. Give them phone numbers for hotels and the contact details of your private tour guide. It is best not to rely solely on mobile coverage or internet access. Depending on which part of the world you’re visiting, communication lines could be down or inefficient. If someone from home knows where you are and happens to see something in the news, they can start making calls on your behalf.

8. Visit your health practitioner.

Before heading off to your dream vacation to an exotic land, pay your doctor a visit. Traveling involves getting up early, a lot of walking, some climbing and sweating it out. Make sure you are in the pink of health to take on this level of activity. Determine if you’ll need to get fit for your trip. You’ll likely need 1 to 2 months into a fitness program before you depart. Being able to do as many things that are exciting and out of the ordinary during your holiday is part of the fun. Being actually capable of doing all of them will definitely make your trip a memorable one.

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