Travel Guides


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+5.4% (as fast as the average)


What Travel Guides Do

Plan, organize, and conduct long-distance travel, tours, and expeditions for individuals and groups.

Other Job Titles Travel Guides May Have

Cruise Counselor, Guide, Mountain Bike Guide, River Guide, Tour Coordinator, Tour Director, Tour Escort, Tour Manager, Tour Operator, Tours Captain

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Co-founder ,

Treks and Tracks

I operate outdoor adventure experiences in six State and National Parks throughout the state of California. My day is spent teaching rock climbing instruction of all levels, rappelling, overnight backpacking, map and compass navigation and tailored corporate team building events.

Co-Founder ,

Rock Candy Tours

We utilize family stories and extensive research to put together public and private walking tours of Macon, Georgia. We get to collaborate with experienced tour guides and music history buffs to share some of the best historic sites of the South that are rich in music history. In my spare time, I am also a communications specialist and journalist, so I write a lot and am constantly looking for fun, new ways of sharing interesting stories. I do most of the marketing side of the business.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Plan tour itineraries, applying knowledge of travel routes and destination sites.
  • Resolve any problems with itineraries, service, or accommodations.
  • Sell travel packages.
  • Arrange for tour or expedition details such as accommodations, transportation, equipment, and the availability of medical personnel.
  • Evaluate services received on the tour, and report findings to tour organizers.

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