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How to Give Cultural Tours

Whether you dream of faraway lands or places closer to home, you can show off the wonders of the world to any number of tourists.


  • Step 1: Plan every detail Plan every detail -- from the time your guests arrive to the time they leave. Write and distribute a clear itinerary so everyone knows what to expect.
  • TIP: Make room for spur-of-the-moment events and give your tour group options so they can participate in the adventure.
  • Step 2: Talk to your group Talk to your group to discover their interests, likes, and dislikes to tailor the cultural tour to their tastes.
  • Step 3: Strive for balance Strive for balance between tourist traps and popular sights and places off the beaten path or rarely seen sights.
  • Step 4: Do your homework Immerse yourself in the culture and history of the area. Be able to impress your tour group with facts, dates, and anecdotal or historical stories.
  • TIP: Learn the language and talk to the locals to get tips on the best places to visit.
  • Step 5: Be prepared Be prepared in case things go awry. Have alternate plans and always be prepared for weather-related inconveniences. Sometimes, the best memories are created from the unexpected.
  • Step 6: Pack a survival kit Keep a survival kit with first-aid and weather-related items with you at all times. Your hard work and preparation will make each trip a vacation to remember.
  • FACT: In January 2010, activists started bus tours of the grittiest parts of Los Angeles hoping to call attention to the ravages of the gang wars.

You Will Need

  • Itinerary
  • Cultural and historical knowledge
  • Communication skills
  • Preparation
  • Survival kit
  • Language skills (optional)

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