Perks And Challenges Of Local Tour Guide Job 🗺️ EXPAT LIFE | AppJobs.com

Perks And Challenges Of Local Tour Guide Job 🗺️ EXPAT LIFE | AppJobs.com


Hello, my name is Stefani and I come from Croatia originally. I’m 26 going to turn 27 and I work as a local tour guide. At the moment I work with triple but several other platforms as well. I came to Sweden – we were just talking about it – you come here for a job or for love. But I think I came for both. My bofriend, my life partner actually, he got a job here. We always wanted to move somewhere, but since this opportunity came, we said okay, it’s an adventure. As a lot of people, I faced challenges as well because I didn’t get a job before coming to the country. So triple was kind of one of the first things that was very easy for me. So I didn’t need to have all of the paper work, all the troubles that get kind of frustrating sometimes; I think it’s the same to whatever country you come as a newcomer. It can be difficult. And I like it here and I would like to stay. Maybe not forever, but for a couple of more years. It’s very interesting actually because you never know what your day is going to look like. Let’s say, it can be a positive thing, but as well some challenges for people that are not too good with their flexibility. One day I can wake up and I have a full day booked, so it can be – usually I don’t start that eary – from 9 for instance, and then the tour can last from 3 up to 8 hours. A lot of people book the whole day activity because they want to see the whole day, what a local does, where does he go, what does he do… regarding the food, the restaurants, but also sightseeing of course. I also do the “subway art tour” so it can be a mix of different activities. I saw that a lot of travellers, I like to call them travellers, because today a lot of people dislike those very “must-dos” things and they make it a little bit more creative. So what I did, I discovered that some people just don’t like everything and then you can see on people’s faces “okay this is maybe too touristy” or this a little bit of a clichée. In my tours I kind of like to create it my way, so I always talk to the people before: what are you interests? What is your regular type of travelling? Are you a budget traveller or do you like more fancy things? Some people like to visit bars and all those hipster places. So I get to know them! And then I create personalised tours. The biggest perk is that you are flexible! I don’t have to work 8 hours a day, I don’t have to work every day, as well. I can have my weekends off, but I can also have them on, so it really depends. I think the best part is that you can really create your own schedule. You can also create what you want to do. There are so many different apps that provide different kind of things. You can always “spread” yourself. So for instance my idea is that I want to be occupied as a guide for the majority of my day and my week. I try to spread myself through different apps to see how many hours can I get, but that can also be a challenge if you know “okay, every month I need to get this amount of Money.” If you really have some demands regarding finances then maybe it’s a bit difficult. Especially in the beginning if you are just “forming” yourself as a freelancer or “forming” yourself as somebody that maybe doesn’t know what to do; so you just think “okay I’m just gonna grab a first thing.” But here, you have to grab several different things. And if you really don’t know yourself that good – what you are good at – then it can be trouble. I also tell people that you need to know your own personality, and that can be a challenge as well because we as people like to think we can do everything. But not everything is for every one. For example triple. Triple is a platform but it’s also an app. What you do: you put your phone number and you email there, so whenever a booking happens, you get notifications on your mobile phone and your email. You are always sure that you are going to get a notification. I usually get booked in avance, so you know a couple of days or even some month: I already got booked for January and for June because a lot of pople do their travel planningin advance. So you know “okay, this is what I have.” If you get a booking, for instance for tomorrow it can be something very sudden, you get a booking for a day you get a booking for a time, for how many persons and you can then decide on a place. I usually put a place that is very central, just next to the central Station but sometimes I also go to pick up the guests at their accommodation. When you see that you have a booking, you can accept or you can decline if you don’t have time. I don’t have a schedule which is good so I can accept even last minute. It can happen one hour before and I can decline if I don’t have the time. and nothing bad happens. That’s also good. There are no bad Reviews because People know that it’s a very flexible Thing. Once you accept it then you can contact the Person. When they do the booking, they cannot get my Information. Once they made a booking, they pay, they can get my Information, we exchange all the Details. I ask them About their preferences, where we are going to meet, what are we going to do. Some People don’t like to know, some People want to get a bit of a briefing. And that’s it! It’s really simple! At the end of the day, at the end of the tour, I really do become Friends with everybody – well not with everybody – but with most of the People. You just click and that’s the idea! That you have a local friend. That you don’t have a professional Person that Comes in a tie and everything is very strict. But that you really have somebody that you can talk to now that there are so many solo travellers for instance and they really Need someone to just talk with them; you highlight some Things but it’s mostly just asking About their day and then your day. I think that in the end, it’s just About making Friends so they add you on Facebook, they decide to Maybe visit you; when I travel around I Always contact them: “hey are you up for a coffee because I’m here.” That’s the most Beautiful Thing.

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