Tour guides lead groups of people on visits to sites of interest. They escort groups of people who are traveling to different cities or countries. Some guides lead short trips, lasting only a few hours or a day. Some guides lead long trips, lasting anywhere from a few days to a month.
They need to be willing and able to work long hours. Guides must be prepared to deal with unexpected difficulties. They should be flexible and detail oriented.
A high school diploma is the minimum educational requirement for becoming a tour guide. Some tour companies prefer to hire guides with college degrees such as travel and tourism, business or history. They must have strong oral and written communication skills. Tour guides who speak multiple languages fluently will be in the greatest demand.
Tour guides work for tour companies, hotels, museums, colleges, resorts, parks, travel sites, and zoos. Some tour guides become travel writers.
There is a very strong demand for knowledgeable and trained tour guides. Tour guides are paid to travel and may receive special discounts and perks. Working as a tour guide offers opportunities to travel and see the world.