So summer is finally here, borders are opening up, and people are beginning to travel again. It feels like we are slowly getting back to normal – and I am so excited to get back to exploring the world.
Wherever I go travelling I always join a walking tour or two. If you’ve read any of my previous blogs, you’ll know I absolutely love walking tours, I honestly can’t get enough of them. So I figured I’d share just why I love them so much, and hopefully inspire you to give them a go next time you’re on your adventures.
Locals Know Best
More often than not, walking tours are run by local people, who know their town or city like the back of their hand. This means that they know which museums are worth their entrance fee, which pubs you should avoid, or which local restaurants serve the best food. Your guide will have done all the hard work for you and will offer you insider knowledge on all the local hotspots! Almost every tour guide I’ve encountered has truly brought the city’s history alive through their telling of it’s historical facts, legends, stories…and the occasional joke! They honestly give their all in every tour they do, so you will never be disappointed!
Discover Hidden Secrets
Because your tour guide is a local, they will be able to take you to some of the city’s hidden gems that most tourists will just walk straight past. Paired with their unique story telling, you’ll really feel like you’ve discovered a whole new city!
Meeting New People
Whether you’re travelling alone or with your mates, joining a walking tour is a fantastic way of meeting fellow travellers from across the globe. As a solo traveller, there are times when it does get lonely, so walking tours are a great way of making new friends, learning more about the world, and even finding new travel buddies to join you on your journey!
Sometimes when you’re exploring a new place, it’s easy to get lost – or feel like you’ve wandered into a dodgy side of town. Walking tours are a great way of getting to know the city you’re visiting. One tip from me is to try and book a walking tour for your first couple of days in your new destination – that way you can get your bearings and figure out what you want to do with the rest of your time!
There’s No Planning Involved!
This is one of my favourite things about walking tours. You can literally just turn up at your meeting point and enjoy the experience. There’s no stressing about how to get to the next monument, or whether that museum is worth visiting, or what to do with the rest of your time in your destination. Your tour guide literally takes care of everything, and is always available at the end of your tour to answer any of your questions!
If nothing else attracts you about walking tours, then this should. The majority of walking tours are free. How much better can you get? Some companies might ask you to book your spot (if their tour is really popular), but they don’t charge a fee. It’s completely up to you whether you leave a tip for your guide at the end of your tour – in essence, you can decide what your tour was worth.
Whilst walking tours are a fantastic way of exploring a city, it’s so important to make sure the company you choose is legit – a simple way of doing that is to check their website and social media and look at their reviews! Some walking tours will also run for a couple of hours, so make sure you have enough time for your tour!