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Become a ToursByLocals Tour Guide

Are you a new or experienced local guide? Are you passionate and knowledgeable about your region? Do you strive to show visitors your city’s unique and memorable places?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be a perfect fit for the ToursByLocals network.

At ToursByLocals, our job is to market your tours to travelers searching for guides in your part of the world. We have a straightforward online booking system that helps you handle traveler requests, and we manage all tour payments so you can spend your time focusing on guiding, rather than administration.

ToursByLocals customers are travelers who appreciate the flexible nature of a private, customized tour. They want to see new places in the company of a local expert who can offer more personal attention and the type of unique, local experiences that they won’t find with a large group tour. So be creative and offer a tour that reflects your passions and your interests!

Watch a 3½ minute movie that explains how our system works, and how YOU can participate!

Once you are accepted as a ToursByLocals tour guide, your
obligations are:
  • to personally deliver the tours you've agreed to do in a friendly, professional manner
  • to respond quickly (within 24 hours) and professionally to customer inquiries and booking requests
  • to keep your availability and account up to date

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In return, ToursByLocals provides:
  • Tools and training: All the tools you need to create a professional web presence along with training from our guide support team to help you design quality tour offerings.
  • Easy admin: We promptly handle all customer payments to you through our credit card processing system. Our sophisticated calendar system lets you control your work availability.
  • Marketing: Through our multiple online marketing channels (social, paid advertising and editorial), we make it easy for travelers to find your tours.
  • Security: Our customer cancellation policy means you are protected in the case of late-notice cancellations or ‘no-show’ customers.
  • Support: Attentive and responsive customer and guide support services, including our 24-hour emergency hotline.
  • Peace of mind: ToursByLocals is protected by $3M liability insurance through Lloyds of London.
ToursByLocals charges no upfront or ongoing fees - only a percentage of actual tour bookings.

To apply, you must agree to our terms and conditions and confirm that you are legally able to give tours in your jurisdiction. Then all we need to begin processing your application is your contact information and a description of the tours you plan to give. Your privacy is important to us. Your email address will only be used for ToursByLocals business and will not be rented, sold or otherwise distributed. See our Privacy Policy.

Note: ToursByLocals is not simply a listing service, and applying to be a Tour Guide does not guarantee acceptance. If we have too many similar tours in an area, you may be put onto a waiting list. We may decline your application based on our view of your suitability to be a successful tour guide, the results of our background check, or for any other reason. Acceptance of you as a Tour Guide is at our sole discretion.
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  • Choose your own guide. See their photos, read their bios and communicate with them prior to booking your tour.
  • It's more affordable than you might think. Our pricing is per-tour NOT per-person so if there are 3 or more in your group, you'll probably pay less than if you took a big bus tour.
  • Every tour is private. Your guide will spend time only with you and the people you're traveling with.
  • Go at your own pace. See as much as you can or slow things down to a saunter. With your private guide, your day is flexible.
  • Benefit from a local's knowledge. Access more intimate, out of the way spots that have never seen a bus tour.
  • Every tour is customizable. See the sights YOU want, try the food YOU crave, learn about what interests YOU the most.
  • Questions? Talk to a REAL person. Our customer support team offers reliable, friendly service plus a 24 hour emergency hotline.

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