I’ve really become a fan of free walking tours. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, basically you the customer get to decide what the tour is worth at the end.
If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, basically the customer gets to decide what the tour is worth at the end. You can use what other companies charge for similar tours as a gauge.
Some companies require you to book a spot online in advance while others are fine with you just turning up at the meeting point. When it’s over, you pay what you think the tour guide deserves.
I’ve been on tours with Free Tours by Foot in Brooklyn, Harlem and Manhattan, Sandemans New Europe Tours in Paris and Strawberry Tours in London. In the latter case, I did a Ghost Tour which was one of the midweek events before the Traverse conference and the London Landmarks West Tour to get myself acquainted with London on my first day.
Here are five reasons why I would recommend a free walking tour.
1. They won’t break the bank. You should definitely tip as much as you can but you know for sure you won’t be charged extravagant sums for a substandard experience.
2. The guides are generally quite good. That’s because they need those tips to survive and pay their bills. if they don’t keep travellers like us informed and entertained, they won’t eat. It’s a great way to meet like-minded people, especially if you’re travelling solo. For example, in London Strawberry Tours offers tours about Harry Potter, Jack the Ripper and Street Art in addition to those covering the typical London landmarks,
3. It’s a great way to meet like-minded people, especially if you’re travelling solo. For example, in London Strawberry Tours offers tours about Harry Potter, Jack the Ripper and Street Art in addition to those covering the typical London landmarks.
4. Walking is one of the best ways to see a new city. Subway systems are great for their speed but you miss SO MUCH when you’re underground. Buses give you a better view but unless you’re stuck in traffic, you won’t get photos of many sights. Walking is where it’s at if you wanna get that cool selfie while learning about the spot on which you’re standing.
5. You get sunlight (if it exists), fresh air (maybe) and exercise (for sure). Basically, walking helps you to get acquainted with the area. If you’re in a different time zone you need to acclimatise anyway Plus you’ll probably be trying lots of new food, so walk it off.