If you’re active, friendly and intimately familiar with the sights of interest in your community, you can sign up to host tours as a local tour guide. You set the agenda. You can host tours that focus on history, foodies, architecture, nature, birds, beaches — the choices are yours. So, too, is the pricing. These sites simply help by marketing your offerings to their customers for a portion of the proceeds. Here are the best choices.

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Viator allows you to register as a local tour guide and advertise tours of your own making.  You design the itinerary, determine when the tour is offered, set prices and determine how many people you can accommodate. The site does not hamper your imagination nor your ability to charge anything your heart desires. You pay nothing to sign up or list your tour. If someone buys, the site charges a commission. Viator is a subsidiary of travel giant Trip Advisor, which is a significant positive. Read our Viator review here.

Check out Viator tours or sign up to offer them here.


Like Viator, ToursbyLocals allows you — the guide — to set the itinerary and price it, based on the amount of time it’s likely to take, your expenses and profit margin. You also determine how many people can participate in each tour. The site takes 25% off the top. However, unlike Viator, ToursbyLocals rejects new tour guide applicants if they are offering tours that would compete with tours offered by existing guides. Thus, if you design a tour that’s unique, it’s likely to remain unique here. Learn more about ToursbyLocals here.

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