Traveling Solo? Here 3 Of The Top Local Travel Guide Companies
The New York Times reports solo traveling has increased over the years, especially amongst first-time travelers, noting “24 percent of people had traveled alone on their most recent overseas leisure vacation, up from 15 percent in 2013.” And although many want to experience a new city or country by themselves, they do, however, on occasional need a guide they can trust to help plan their excursions or social time. To help you hire your own personal guide, the New York Times researched the best travel companies and ranked them based on safety and recommendations. Here are their three top picks:
Global Greeter Network
Are you on a budget? Well, Global Greeter Network helps those save their extra coins by matching tourists with residents who will show them around their city. The only catch is some residents may not be experts on the go-to landmarks in their city.
If you’re interested in taking a customized tour when you reach your destination, then check out Viator, a site that specializes in affordable tours and sightseeing activities. An example of a tour created by Viator is their 8-hour Bali tour that only cost $60. Although their prices are superb, the company doesn’t conduct background checks on their travel guides.
MeetUps is a free site and also suggests (sometimes free) activities and events in various cities. If you’re a member, you’ll be able to meet people who live in the destination you’re traveling to that may give you a personal tour.