What: Viator connects local tour guides with travelers who want unique experiences hosted by local guides. 

Expected pay: You set it

Husl $core: $$$$

Commissions & fees: 20%

Where: National and international

Requirements: Experience guiding tourists through your town; whatever licenses necessary to legally operate a tour guide business


Viator, a division of Trip Advisor, 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. But Viator will take 20% commission  when tourists book through the site. The site’s connection to Trip Advisor is a significant positive, since it is likely to drive traffic to your tours. However, the app can be glitchy and the site is slow, so despite the traffic and relatively reasonable commission, Viator falls slightly shy of our top rating.

Other sites where you can sign up to be a tour guide: Tours by Locals and Vayable. The smartest course for tour guides who want to stay busy is to sign up at all three sites.

What their tour guides say:

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