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New York — Thursday, February 24, 2022From 8:00 pm to 9:00 pmLos Angeles — Thursday, February 24, 2022From 5:00 pm to 6:00 pmLondon — Friday, February 25, 2022From 1:00 am to 2:00 amAthens — Friday, February 25, 2022From 3:00 am to 4:00 amSingapore — Friday, February 25, 2022From 9:00 am to 10:00 amSydney — Friday, February 25, 2022From 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm


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Becoming a tour guide is something that most travel-lovers think about doing at some point. Taking people around a new place to share about the quirks, history, and secrets behind it is exciting! Travelers learn so much from their guides and it can be an important part of cultural immersion.

Guiding tours is a great way to break into the travel industry and get paid to do what you love.

Nikki Padilla Rivera has worked across the tours and activity sector and is here to share her experiences and expertise. From NYC tour guide and a multi-day tour leader, to tour designer for two multi-day start-up operators, she seems to have done it all!

In this session, we'll cover:

  • The overall scope of tour guide careers in the travel industry
  • Different tour guide positions: from walking tour guide to tour leader
  • Working for other companies
  • Putting together your own tours
  • General differences to keep in mind depending on where in the world you're based

Nikki Padilla Rivera runs the guide program at Intrepid Urban Adventures (working with over 160 local operators around the world totaling 1500+ guide). Through the Global Guide Alliance, she advocates for guides to be recognized as the most important piece of the tourism landscape and translates between tour guides and tour operators. She also does her best to simplify "responsible travel" by talking about it without all the fancy buzz words and jargon. By day, Nikki designs experiences with the trips programming team at Atlas Obscura.

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