- Do I really have to be a local to show people around an area?
- Do I have to pay for the tour?
- Should I tip the guide?
- Can I charge money for a tour?
- Can I use a tour to help promote my business or the business of a friend or relative?
- What are the safety tips and guidelines?
- What do I do if I feel unsafe?
- How will I recognise my local or guest?
- What if the local or guest doesn't turn up?
- What if I'm not enjoying the tour?
- How long should a tour be?
- Do I need to provide my own transport?
- How do I leave feedback for a local or guest?
- How many people should participate in a tour?
- Why would anyone give tours to strangers for free?
- What kinds of things of things are people interested in seeing on the tours?
Do I really have to be a local to show people around an area?
No, you just need to know an area well enough to show people around the non-tourist attractions.
Do I have to pay for the tour?
No, all tours are given on a voluntary basis.
Should I tip the guide?
No, all tours are given on a voluntary basis. If it is appropriate you can offer to buy your local guide a beer/coffee/tea etc to show your appreciation.
Can I charge money for a tour?
Not for tours organised through MyTownYourTown. All tours are given on a voluntary basis. If you are a professional guide you need to tell people before you organise a meet-up. If you want to use MTYT to introduce your services to people you need to firstly be upfront about it and secondly you need to offer at least a free one hour introductory tour with no obligation for guests to purchase more of your services. If any guests report experiencing pressure to purchase your services, your account will be disabled and you will be barred from re-joining.
Can I use a tour to help promote my business or the business of a friend or relative?
This should not be the main focus of the tour. If your tour theme is foodie, fashionista, brews and bars etc it might be hard to avoid your friends' businesses. So keep it balanced - we don't want to hear that you took a guest to your uncle's carpet shop for an hour! If there are any such complaints we will investigate and suspend or delete your account depending on the seriousness and number of complaints..
What are the safety tips and guidelines?- keep the tour in public places
- do not go to people's homes, cars or other secluded places
- try to guide and tour in pairs or small groups
- try to conduct tours in the daytime
- if you feel uncomfortable stop the tour, let us know and contact the police if any crime was committed
- if you are doing a 'bars and clubs' tour (at night) be extra careful and do not leave your drinks unattended.
- let someone know where you are going and when to expect you back. If there is no-one local that you can tell, post regular updates and photos on social media - if you stop posting people will wonder why and follow-up
What do I do if I feel unsafe?
Quit the tour immediately. Go to a public place and contact the police. Make sure you know the local number for the police and try and have a cell/mobile phone that works in that country.
How will I recognise my local or guest?
That is really up to you. We are going to sell caps and badges some time soon, but in the meantime you will need to work out some identifying feature to recognise each other by, a red carnation in your lapel, reading a copy of 'On the Road' or waving a flag - it's up to you!
What if the local or guest doesn't turn up?
Wait a little while, try contacting them by phone or social media, and if you can't wait any longer, give up. Please send them a message via this site, and if there is no reasonable excuse you can leave a review to this effect.
What if I'm not enjoying the tour?
Be polite, explain the problem to your guide and if they can't fix it bring it to an early end. This is meant to be fun for everyone, but sometimes people just don't 'click' and it's fine to admit that and call time early.
How long should a tour be?
We expect a basic tour to take about one hour. If both parties are enjoying themselves the tour can continue as long as everyone wants. One of the main goals of this website is to help people make new friends. If you feel like hanging out for longer or meeting up again, then we are happy as we have succeeded in meeting our goal.
Do I need to provide my own transport?
You need to transport yourself around, in what ever manner is suitable for your kind of tour. For safety reasons we do NOT want locals or guides transporting each other in their own vehicles.
How do I leave feedback for a local or guest?
Log-in to this website, find the profile of your local or guest and click on 'Review'. When leaving a review you can give a thumbs up or down and a comment explaining why.
How many people should participate in a tour?
For safety reasons we recommend people guide and tour in pairs or small groups. These are informal, free tours so we would say six guests would be the largest number one guide could realistically handle.
Why would anyone give tours to strangers for free?
There are many reasons: show off their town, make new friends, get motivated to explore their own town a bit more etc.
What kinds of things of things are people interested in seeing on the tours?
We have a list of the most common types of tours people are interested in and you can filter by these when searching for a local. In addition to these common tour types you can suggest anything else in your profile. Once a prospective guest has made contact with you, you can find out what they are specifically interested in and take them to places that match their preferences.