Experience Hosts are individuals who want to become a tour guide, so to speak—but by offering their own unique, local experience to travelers. While this can be any type of tour or activity, some of the most sought-after experiences these days are those that are a bit more… untraditional, such as an oyster-shucking class on the harbor, salsa dancing lessons in the streets, or goat yoga on a farm (yes, that exists!). Whether your motivation to become a tour guide is to earn money as a side gig, simply share your local passion and expertise (or unique hobby/skill) with travelers far and wide, or actually start building a successful tour business, [ta-obfuscator type=”link” new-tab=”true” href=”https://supplier.viator.com/sign-up-info/hosts?m=61567″ text=”becoming a Tripadvisor Experience Host”] is a great place to start. No matter your passion, you can turn it into a bookable tour/experience to sell online!
In this article, step one of our Getting Started Guide for Experience Hosts, we’ll help you determine your interests and goals, find inspiration and competitive opportunities, and figure out how to use your knowledge and passion to create a tour that travelers will book.
Determine Your Interests and Goals
Start by deciding what activities interest you and whether you want to pursue them as a full-time job or part-time hobby. Narrow your search based on your interests. Research events or places that are popular in your area. You can also check tour guide association websites for any resources that could apply to your market.