What if your best friend came to the town, where would you take them, what would you show them, what experiences would you offer?
Being a local friend is about being a great host and making sure your visitors have the best ever time in your city.
Here we have listed some useful tips on how to be a great Local Friend:
It all starts from understanding what your visitors want. Chat to them before you confirm the booking. Make a list of suggestions, authentic spots, your favourite local hangouts, and original photo spots. Understand your visitor’s tastes and background. Are they into museums, bars, nature? Do they have any special hobbies? Be interested in what your visitor has to say.
On your meeting day, try to make as easy as possible for your visitor. Remember they probably don’t know how to get around in your city so suggest an easy meeting point. Before you go anywhere, explore your travel option and plan your logistics ahead. Always know the cheapest and fastest alternatives to get from A to B. It’s always good to have a plan B in case something goes wrong, like a tube strike or a traffic jam.
Be an informed local. Stay up to date with ongoing and upcoming events and check the opening hours of venues. Are there any music concerts going on? A special exhibition or a sports class that you love? Tell them about it. They might want to join you!
Avoid crowded touristic places unless your visitors ask for it. Instead, uncover interesting hidden spots and unique experiences. Familiarize yourself with the concept of Slow Travel:
“Slow travel is not so much a particular mode of transportation as it is a mindset. Rather than attempting to squeeze as many sights or cities as possible into each trip, the slow traveler takes the time to explore each destination thoroughly and to experience the local culture.”
Many of your visitors will be slow travellers who are interested in experiencing the local culture rather than simply sightseeing.
During your day out, try to feel the energy of your guest. Ask them if they are having a good time and keep an eye on their pace. Be flexible, friendly, outgoing, creative, professional but above all, be yourself and have fun!