A roadtrip mishap turned this traveller into a local guide

A roadtrip mishap turned this traveller into a local guide

Panama is a melting pot of cultures. Expats, foreigners and locals all intermingle throughout daily life, but who is a local really? Other than the Indigenous people, a huge percentage of the population is those who come from away. Meet Ross Alford, a ‘local’ Urban Adventures tour guide in Panama...

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How Cincinnati guide Sherry went from army rebel to city expert

How Cincinnati guide Sherry went from army rebel to city expert

A year and a half ago, Sherry Hopkins joined Urban Adventures as the sole operator of Cincinnati Urban Adventures. In addition to running her own tour business, Sherry also manages an AirBnB in Covington, Kentucky, organises a Travel Spirit Meetup group in her town, runs her own photography company and...

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Our NYC guide Olivia explains why she also works at a women’s centre in the Bronx

Our NYC guide Olivia explains why she also works at a women’s centre in the Bronx

My job as a guide with Urban Adventures is such a beautiful part of my life, but living in one of the most expensive cities in the world requires that it is not my only means of employment. I’m so lucky and honoured to have the opportunity to work with...

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From village fields to city tours: How a Bali guide found his way

From village fields to city tours: How a Bali guide found his way

Mangde’s tale begins in a remote Indonesian mountain village, where he farmed papayas and tended rice paddies. But where it picks up today, his story is quite different. A tour guide with Bali Urban Adventures, he is living in Bali’s largest city and meeting travellers from all over the world....

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Meet: Lala, our local expert in Bucharest

Meet: Lala, our local expert in Bucharest

Learn more about our guides around the globe — everything from what makes the perfect day in their city, to how they landed in tourism, to why they love working with Urban Adventures. On what it means to be a native Bucharestian… I am happy to be born and raised...

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One wrong turn in the Andes: A local guide’s personal tale

One wrong turn in the Andes: A local guide’s personal tale

“I was panicking. I screamed ‘Help! Help!’ And nothing. I asked my grandfather to look after me.” Tito, a local guide with Urban Adventures, recounts his story to me as we sit on a bench in Parque Kennedy in Lima, Peru. It’s something that happened to him while he was...

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This tour guide is one of Panama’s best guitar players

This tour guide is one of Panama’s best guitar players

When Gonzo was 14, he was just a kid who loved to rock. His dad had gifted him a guitar when he was 10 years old and by the time he was 14, he had played his way into a local rock band in Colon, Panama. “I didn’t like the...

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Cocktails, pigs’ feet and a modern man in Hanoi

Cocktails, pigs’ feet and a modern man in Hanoi

Late afternoon, the Lake of the Restored Sword, Hanoi, Vietnam. Three days of heat, humidity and sunshine have given way to grey skies and that invisible rain that doesn’t seem to be there until you’re soaking wet. Georgia and I are dashing between raindrops to meet our guide for our...

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Digging deep: Meet a Split archaeologist who’s taking travellers underground

Digging deep: Meet a Split archaeologist who’s taking travellers underground

“From the outside, it was just like any other grave…” Maja, a guide with Split Urban Adventures, isn’t your average history buff. She has uncovered the past with her own hands during her career as an archaeologist. But in her years of digging sites, one experience stands out the most....

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How this Lima tour guide helped children in rural Peru to become bookworms

How this Lima tour guide helped children in rural Peru to become bookworms

“It was one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life,” Paula says, sipping her hierba luisa tea at a café in Lima, Peru. “It impacted me completely. It opened my third-eye.” Paula, a local guide for Urban Adventures in Lima, is more than your average explorer. She...

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