Imagine you’re on a city break. In search of breathtaking sights, you consult several ‘best things to do’ travel blogs and end up at a sight with a dozen selfie-stick tourists who read the same blog. What seemed special turned out to be a huge disaster.
What if you could visit places that are truly unique without the big tourist crowds? Well, you can.
Think about it: who know their city best? The locals. Why wouldn’t they be guiding you around? That’s what we were thinking too.
Here are 7 reasons why you should book a local when you’re on your next city break.
1. More authentic experience
Go further than the main sights where the herds of tourists go. A local takes you to places that are lesser known by the touristic crowds.
A quiet art gallery, for example, breathes more authenticity than your disappointing 15 seconds at the Mona Lisa in the Louvre.
2. You learn more
Learn about the culture, traditions, history and their quirky habits. Locals represent their city, and their country in a broader sense. Therefore, they are the best sources of information.
Moreover, the personal anecdotes will get you in touch with the destination in a more genuine and authentic way.
And they can learn from you
When talking about each others cultures, the locals may also learn about your culture. There may be national stereotypes, which you can finally prove wrong.
3. You will make friends
Your local guide is likely to become your local friend after hanging around for a couple of hours. Especially, when you choose a likeminded local who will show you around Paris.
4. You will make more valuable memories
Whether it’s an insightful conversation, funny situation or unique location, locals are more likely to enable you make memorable discoveries that stick with you for the rest of your life.
5. You will get local advice
Before, during or after your trip, you can always ask your local guide for tips about best places to go to; best restaurants, live music or best parks for a relaxing afternoon walk.
6. You will save money
With a local expert at your side, you will get to know plenty of amazing alternatives for the main attractions.
Why would you visit the top of the Eiffel Tower when you could visit a secret rooftop with an even better view of Paris?
7. You can create your own tour
When hiring a local guide, you can completely personalize your tour according to your wishes. As it’s just you and your local guide, you won’t have to listen to the same old stories that is told by every guidebook (unless you want to hear them).
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