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1. Posted by TambetN (Budding Member 3 posts) 21w

Hi dear travellers,

Have any of you been a travel guide? I am going to France this summer during FIFA EURO 2016, but I cant speak much french. I am a young entrepreneuer so I am thinking about working as a travel guide in Nice, Saint Tropez and Marseille area. Now, I know that the typical level of english is not that good in France. Do you think there is space for me to run a successful business by not talking any french in the beginning and just going after those tourists?

Love to hear from you ! :)

2. Posted by Alain13 (Respected Member 100 posts) 21w

Hi,
No chance if you do not speak french! First take lessons, then you will have to learn a lot about the local places and culture.
Do not forget you will compete with local guides who do speak english and know very well these towns.

Sorry to say that I do no think you're going to finance your trip this way.

3. Posted by TambetN (Budding Member 3 posts) 21w

Hi Alan!

Thank you for your answer.
I am learning french right now and I have already been there, so I know about the places etc. I was going to use a marketing angle that other competitors are not using right now.
STILL, I think you are right. I was way too optimistic with this plan. I should definetely get a better feeling of the place, locals, competition etc. I should go there and myself time, before trying out being a travel guide.

Now, there is still that huge EURO 2016 football cup coming. Which means a lot of tourists and need for helping hands. What could be the best changes for me to land a job over there?

Thank you again!

4. Posted by OldPro (Respected Member 212 posts) 21w

Well before wasting my time trying to respond to your request for advice, I would first need to have a lot more background info to work with. You haven't even indicated whether you can legally work in France or not. Do you expect everyone to assume everything?

What do you mean by a 'travel guide'? Specifically explain just what 'guiding' you would do and how you would do it. Were you planning to stand on a street corner in Nice with a sign proclaiming, 'travel guide for hire' and expect people to come up to you and say, 'you're hired'? If you want comments on your idea, then you first have to explain just what your idea actually is don't you think? The term 'travel guide' is meaningless unless you define what you mean by it.

5. Posted by limdrew37 (Budding Member 15 posts) 20w

If you are planning to do that you should first learn their language or else you will not go places. Familiarize yourself with the language, culture, places and the people's behavior there.