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Snap Hawaii’s incredible sights with Alex

Hawaii, USA
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Snap Hawaii’s incredible sights with Alex

Featuring Alex, 36

Meet Alex Wilson, 36, from Orlando, USA. He’s combined his passion for Hawaii and photography to create one of the island’s most unmissable experiences. He’s got the enviable job of taking guests from around the world on unforgettable sunrise photography tours around the island of Oahu.

What do you love about being a tour guide? 

Alex: Definitely meeting people from all over the world and feeling their excitement about exploring something new. I also love being able to give them a genuine tour while visiting my home.

What can travelers expect from your tour?

Alex: They can expect to meet a guide who’s more like a friend than a stranger. I love to give people insider knowledge that I have learned over the years. They’ll walk away with a new appreciation of Hawaii and travel in general. Not to mention, the photos they take during the tour will be great souvenirs. 

What’s your most memorable moment from the tour? 

Alex: The moment the guests walk away, and I can see the look in their eyes of how pleased they were with the experience they just had. That makes me feel great and keeps me going!

What do you love about Oahu?

Alex: Oahu is, in my opinion, the most beautiful topographic island we have. Every corner you turn, there is something new to be seen. The greatest part is that you can see it all. The accessibility of this island is like no other. 

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Visit the Taj Mahal with Amaan

New Delhi, India
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Visit the Taj Mahal with Amaan

Featuring Amaan, 24

Meet Amaan, 24, from Agra, India. What he doesn’t know about the Taj Mahal isn’t worth knowing. For the past four years, he’s taken thousands of visitors on a day trip to India’s must-visit site from Delhi. His ever-popular tour dives into the fabled story behind the stunning architecture. 

What do you love about being a tour guide?

Amaan: It’s great to meet new people from around the globe on a daily basis. We get to learn a lot from each other. 

What can travelers expect on a tour with you?

Amaan: They can expect to meet a friendly guide who has great knowledge and passion for the history of India, especially the Taj Mahal.

What’s your most memorable moment from a tour?

Amaan: Once, I was telling a guest about the history of the Taj Mahal, and she started crying while listening to me. It was a beautiful moment. 

Why do you love the Taj Mahal? 

Amaan: The Taj Mahal symbolizes eternal love, and I really enjoy telling everyone about its history.

Travel to the Taj Mahal with Amaan
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Spot South Africa’s Big 5 with Benjamin

Cape Town, South Africa
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Spot South Africa’s Big 5 with Benjamin

Featuring Benjamin, 58

Meet Benjamin Glaman, 58, from Nelspruit, South Africa. Starting in Cape Town, his top-rated two-day tour first stops in Hermanus, one of the world’s premier whale-watching towns, before heading to the Garden Route Game Lodge. It’s here that guests get up-close-and-personal with the Big 5. Benjamin has over 22 years of experience as a tour guide and prides himself on making guests feel at home as soon as they touch down.

What do you love about being a tour guide?

Benjamin: I love being an ambassador of South Africa. I get guests from all corners of the world, and I love hearing and sharing stories with them. Most of the time, people come here not knowing what to expect. They’ve usually read bad publicity about South Africa, so I love putting them at ease and making them feel welcome as soon as they arrive. South Africa is for everyone. It’s the Rainbow Nation, and we welcome everybody. I love my country dearly.

How important are safaris, like the one your tour visits, in protecting animals and their habitats?

Benjamin: Very, very important because some of our animals are almost extinct. The rhinos are almost gone as this poor animal is being poached in all corners. We’re losing rhinos like nobody’s business, so if we don’t protect these animals, they won’t be here for future generations. I always advise my people: “Guys, this is our habitat. As human beings, God gave us everything. We are in charge of everything, so it’s up to all of us to help protect what we’ve got.” I ask everybody to come and enjoy but be aware of how to protect our animals and protect our heritage. If we don’t look after our heritage, nobody will do that for us. 

What’s your most memorable moment from the tour?

Benjamin: There are so many I could write a book! There was this one time when I was traveling with German guests. One of them was sick for the whole tour, but he wanted to see the beauty of the country and hear the stories. He didn’t want to miss anything, so we did everything we could to make his trip memorable for the right reasons. I’ll never forget this!

See the best of the Rainbow Nation with Benjamin
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Visit Prague’s top sights with Dagmar

Prague, Czech Republic
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Visit Prague’s top sights with Dagmar

Featuring Dagmar, 49

Meet Dagmar Gkountisova, 49, from Slovakia. Living in Prague has always been her dream, and, after calling Germany home for 21 years, she’s operated one of Prague’s top-rated walking tours for the past six years. Her passion for the Czech capital, coupled with her history degree from Prague’s Karl’s University, shines through in her German-speaking tour, which covers everything from the Castle District to the Old Town Square.

What do you love about being a tour guide?

Dagmar: What I love about my job is that I can share my passion for Prague while meeting new, friendly people. The city is beautiful, and its history is super interesting.

What can people expect from your tour?

Dagmar: My tours are informative, but there’s still time for a joke and a bit of fun!  It’s not like being in school.

What’s your most memorable moment from a tour? 

Dagmar: There are lots of moments that I love on my tour. For example, it’s always memorable when my customers tell me they never imagined seeing so many things in Prague!

What’s your favorite place to visit on your tour? 

Dagmar: Every tour guide has their own favorite place. For me, it’s St. Nikolaus Church, which is located in the Old Town. The church symbolizes Czech bravery and the fight for the truth. Prague is full of surprises. It offers everything from Medieval alleyways and modern art to delicious Czech cuisine, romantic walks, and boat rides on the Vltava. You simply have to visit!

Czech out the best of Prague with Dagmar
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Hike to the top of Mt. Batur with Erick

Bali
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Hike to the top of Mt. Batur with Erick

Featuring Erick, 45

Meet Erick, 45, from Songan, Bali. He grew up on the foothills of Mt. Batur and has spent the last 30 years leading treks to the summit of this sacred volcano. For Erick, being a tour guide is more than a job. It’s a passion that’s helped him learn English, meet people from around the world, and preserve the natural beauty of Bali’s most popular trekking trail. 

What do you love about being a tour guide?

Erick: I didn’t receive a formal education because I grew up in the countryside, so being able to talk to people from many different countries has taught me so much. Working in tourism is actually how I learned English! Being a tour guide is more than a job — it’s also my school. Plus, talking to many different people from around the world makes me very happy. 

What’s your most memorable moment on the tour?

Erick: During most treks, I fill a whole sack with plastic that’s been discarded on the trail. It makes me so sad. Many locals ask me why I clean up the plastic. I tell them this is how you should take care of the volcano. You have to treat nature with respect. I spend a lot of time speaking to young locals, but they don’t truly understand the issue. A lot of my customers really, really care about helping the volcano, though. They often help me pick up plastic, and this is always memorable. I think this small act makes a real positive contribution to Bali.

What does Mt. Batur mean to you?

Erick: Mt. Batur is very, very beautiful. Trekking to the caldera is one of the most popular things to do in Bali. I’ve spent thirty years taking people to the summit — and I’m still fascinated by the volcano. I’ve met geologists and read lots of books, but nothing beats actually experiencing it. I even went to the summit during an eruption in 1999. It was safer than it sounds! My customers love the first-hand accounts I share. 

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Head to the mountains with Masumi

Zurich, Switzerland
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Head to the mountains with Masumi

Featuring Masumi, 33

Meet Masumi Olivia Peter, 33, from Winterthur, Switzerland. Her tour from Zurich to the summit of Mt. Titlis has been lavished with five-star reviews by our community — and it’s easy to see why. As well as taking a revolving cable car to the summit of Mt. Titlis, the tour also swings by the picture-perfect city of Lucerne. 

What do you love about being a tour guide?

Masumi: There are so many things. While I’m giving a tour in the mountains, I often catch myself thinking, “Wow, I’m actually working now!” I enjoy being outside, so calling the mountains my office is perfect for me. I also love the special moments I share with my clients. For example, when we take the cable car up to Mt. Titlis, it’s often the first time they’ve seen snow or a glacier. To participate in that moment is very special.

What can people expect from your tour? 

Masumi: They’ll see a different world; a world they didn’t know, and they’ll see the beauty of Switzerland. We don’t take the fastest way to Mt. Titlis from Zurich. We swap the motorway for beautiful lakeside roads and also stop in Lucerne. I make sure everyone’s well informed on where they’re going and what they’re seeing. I also give them lots of interesting facts about Switzerland in general. 

What’s your most memorable moment on the tour?

Masumi: For me, it’s really special when people see snow for the first time! I was giving a tour, just a few weeks ago, and some passengers saw snow for the first time, and they just started to sing Christmas songs. It was very funny!

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Take a wander around Quebec City with Robert

Quebec, Canada
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Take a wander around Quebec City with Robert

Featuring Robert, 66

Meet Robert Simard, 66, from Baie-St-Paul in Canada. When he’s not planning his own vacation (or babysitting his five grandchildren!), he’s leading the top walking tour of Quebec City. With over ten years of guiding experience, Robert’s well known for his informative and fun tours that bring Quebec City to life. 

What do you love about being a tour guide? 

Robert: Sharing the history, culture, and architecture of Quebec City with visitors is always a rewarding experience.

What can travelers expect on a tour with you? 

Robert: I tell people all about the history of Quebec, including French and British influences, military, architecture, economy, education, religion, and more! I also mention more recent topics like food and restaurants, housing, and even taxes. 

What’s your most memorable moment from a tour? 

Robert: It’s always memorable when a visitor tells me at the end of a tour: “Robert, I feel I am now a Quebecer!”

What’s your favorite place to visit on your tour? 

Robert: I have two favorite spots. The first is the area around the monument dedicated to James Wolfe and Montcalm. It’s here that I present the city’s military history, including the very important link with the American Revolution. St-Pierre Street is another of my favorite places, because it was the financial heart of Canada for 250 years, from 1608 to 1850. During this time, Quebec City was the third most important port north of Mexico, thanks to its location at the end of the St. Lawrence River.

Why do you love Quebec? 

Robert: Everything, especially the European-style architecture, history, and restaurants. Plus, my fellow Quebec City citizens are all so friendly!

Become a Quebecer with Robert
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Take a tour of Kyoto with Shun

Kyoto, Japan
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Take a tour of Kyoto with Shun

Featuring Shun, 25

Meet Shun Watanabe, 25, from the Shimane Prefecture in Japan. He’s spent the past five years delighting visitors with rickshaw tours of Kyoto’s famed Arashiyama neighborhood. The traditional mode of transport provides the perfect setting for Shun to share stories of Arashiyama’s top sights, which include the bamboo forest and Tenryu-ji Temple.

What do you love about being a tour guide?

Shun: My customers have a great interest in Japan and Kyoto, and I feel very happy to be doing this job when I see they’re enjoying the rickshaw ride. I’m even happier if my tour encourages people to visit Japan again. I also hope that my tour and the pictures I take for my customers provide lasting memories for them to look back on when they return home.

What’s your most memorable moment from a tour?

Shun: Though she wasn’t a regular customer, showing my dear grandmother around Arashiyama is one of my most treasured memories.

What’s your favorite place to visit on your tour?

Shun: In Arashiyama, you can’t miss the bamboo forest. I recommend visiting first thing in the morning when it’s relatively quiet. I also recommend visiting Hokyoin, a temple that I believe is a hidden gem. It’s quiet enough to practice zazen (seated meditation) while looking at the beautiful garden. You truly feel Kyoto and Japan in this temple.

When you’re not pulling a rickshaw, what do you like to do?

Shun: I like to visit the many shrines and temples of Kyoto as well as travel both domestically and internationally. I’ve visited over 40 countries, but every time I visit another country, I get this special feeling when thinking about the charms of Kyoto. Also, I’ve recently started learning the flamenco!

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Snap your way around Bali with Sumi

Bali, Indonesia
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Snap your way around Bali with Sumi

Featuring Sumi, 40

Meet Wayan ‘Sumi’ Sumiarsa, 40, from Penglipuran Village in Bali. He’s the man behind the island’s top-rated Instagram tour, which whisks users to the most photogenic sights on Bali. Sumi’s long been recognized as one of the island’s most popular and respected guides, thanks to his down-to-earth and humorous approach to sharing knowledge about his homeland.

What do you love about being a tour guide?

Sumi: Being a tour guide is very rewarding. It’s a job that allows me to share my knowledge of Bali, learn about new things all the time, and meet people from all over the world on a daily basis. 

What’s your most memorable moment from a tour?

Sumi: It’s very hard to pick just one moment. For me, every time I see a guest smile and be happy is a memorable moment. 

What can travelers expect on a tour with you?

Sumi: I think they get the most memorable experience of their vacation during the tour! They get to see the best of Bali as we visit amazing places like the Cepung Waterfall. They also get to experience the positive energy and friendly nature of the locals. 

Find Bali’s Insta hotspots with Sumi
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