Types of Tour Guide Positions

An Adventure Tour Guide on a ZiplineWhile people often look for a job as a "tour guide", it's important to note that there are actually many different kinds of tour guide job positions out there. Many of these positions are actually quite different work.

Common Tour Guide Positions

  1. Adventure Tour Guide - Adventure tour guides need to be fit and full of energy. Activities include high-energy thrills like parachuting, hang-gliding, zip-lining and mountain climbing.

  2. Nightlife Tour Guide - Besides being able to handle a wild inebriated group of customers, a nightlife guide should also know where the hot spots are and how to get the best deals.

  3. Historical Tour Guide - A very strong understanding of the history of the area is required.

  4. Nature Tour Guide - Nature guides provide tours of plants and wildlife. They need a strong understanding of biology and must be knowledgeable of the dangers in the area.

  5. Food Tour Guide - 'Food tour guides' provide culinary tours. They require a deep understanding of food, not only from the perspective of an enthusiast, but also from the perspective of their customers.

Should You Work for a Tour Company or Yourself?

One of the most important questions you'll have to answer is whether you should work for yourself or work for a company. The requirements of your position will be quite different based on your decision, but your level of responsibility will be very high regardless of your decision.