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7 Reasons Why You Want To Have A Guide With You When Visiting A City

7 Reasons Why You Want To Have A Guide With You When Visiting A City

When you are visiting a city, you can sightsee landmarks on your own. You can get a map from the hotel and see things listed in the hotel lobby or you can take a guided city tour. Taking a guided tour is the way to go. Here are the reasons why you want to have a guide with you when you visit a city.

History

Guides are taught the history of the city and the special places that make a city special. For example, in New Orleans, you can take a tour that talks about the haunted mansions in and around the city. If visited the city on your own, you would never be told about the places that have ghosts. Also, you can be told history of things you might not know. Guides are given a lot of trivial information that you never learn in history books.

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Directions

Guides, like cab drivers, know the city backwards and forwards. You will not get lost if you go on a guided tour. Visiting places on your own when you don’t know the area might cause you to get lost. This can be stressful. You won’t want to do sightseeing if you are lost. You won’t lose directions when with a tour because the guide will know where to go.

Places to Eat

Often, city tours provide famous restaurants or unique places to eat on your tour. This will prevent you from eating in the hotel restaurant or fast food places all the time. You might find a place that the locals support, or you might find a historical building that has been converted into a special place to eat. Regardless of the reason, places to eat on a city tour will add joy to your trip. You might find them on your own, but most likely, you won’t.

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Narrow your Choices

Cities have so many sights. If you are going to visit them all, you will not have enough time. City tours have a set route where you get to see a number of the places. You can take more than one tour if you wish to see more sights than what the tour offers. On your own, you will see a few, but you will get to see many more when you go on a city tour.

No Transportation

If you fly into a city and can’t afford a car, you might not have any transportation. Cab drivers will not take you from place to place. Uber drivers will not want to transport you all over town. The city might not have a bus or train system. Therefore, you could take a city tour that will provide its own transportation. You can sign up for a tour, get to see as many places as possible. For example, in St. Augustine, you can use the tour to drop you off at one place for a while and pick you up to take you some place else without having to stay on the tour. It becomes a public transportation system that provides tour-guided information.

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Relaxation

When you are on vacation, you want to relax. You don’t want to have to worry about looking at a map, finding sights to see and going there. You want someone else to do all that work for you. Guided tours take the effort from sightseeing. Your tour operator has done all the work. All you have to do is pay the money, hop on the bus, trolley or boat, and go. Then you will see the great things in a city to remember for years to come.

Entertainment

Guided tours are meant to give you joy when you are on your vacation. Doing it on your own, you won’t have as much fun or be as entertained.

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When you go on vacation, pick a city where you can take one or more guided tour. You will be surprised how much fun you’ll have. If you ask questions and engage the others on the tour, you’ll have even more fun. Doing it yourself won’t be as entertaining.

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Assuming positive intent is an important contributor to quality of life.

Most people appreciate the dividends such a mindset produces in the realm of relationships. How can relationships flourish when you don’t assume intentions that may or may not be there? And how their partner can become an easier person to be around as a result of such a shift? Less appreciated in the GTD world, however, is the productivity aspect of this “assume positive intent” perspective.

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Most of us are guilty of letting our minds get distracted, our energy sapped, or our harmony compromised by thinking about what others woulda, coulda, shoulda.  How we got wronged by someone else.  How a friend could have been more respectful.  How a family member could have been less selfish.

However, once we evolve to understanding the folly of this mindset, we feel freer and we become more productive professionally due to the minimization of unhelpful, distracting thoughts.

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The leap happens when we realize two things:

  1. The self serving benefit from giving others the benefit of the doubt.
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Needless to say, this mindset does not mean that we ought to not confront people that are creating havoc in our world.  There are times when we need to call someone out for inflicting harm in our personal lives or the lives of others.

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Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of Pepsi, says it best in an interview with Fortune magazine:

My father was an absolutely wonderful human being. From ecent emailhim I learned to always assume positive intent. Whatever anybody says or does, assume positive intent. You will be amazed at how your whole approach to a person or problem becomes very different. When you assume negative intent, you’re angry. If you take away that anger and assume positive intent, you will be amazed. Your emotional quotient goes up because you are no longer almost random in your response. You don’t get defensive. You don’t scream. You are trying to understand and listen because at your basic core you are saying, ‘Maybe they are saying something to me that I’m not hearing.’ So ‘assume positive intent’ has been a huge piece of advice for me.

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In business, sometimes in the heat of the moment, people say things. You can either misconstrue what they’re saying and assume they are trying to put you down, or you can say, ‘Wait a minute. Let me really get behind what they are saying to understand whether they’re reacting because they’re hurt, upset, confused, or they don’t understand what it is I’ve asked them to do.’ If you react from a negative perspective – because you didn’t like the way they reacted – then it just becomes two negatives fighting each other. But when you assume positive intent, I think often what happens is the other person says, ‘Hey, wait a minute, maybe I’m wrong in reacting the way I do because this person is really making an effort.

“Assume positive intent” is definitely a top quality of life’s best practice among the people I have met so far. The reasons are obvious. It will make you feel better, your relationships will thrive and it’s an approach more greatly aligned with reality.  But less understood is how such a shift in mindset brings your professional game to a different level.

Not only does such a shift make you more likable to your colleagues, but it also unleashes your talents further through a more focused, less distracted mind.

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