Tour Guide for Group Trips
Estimated startup costs: $250-$1,000
Estimated first-year revenue: $25,000-$35,000
Many tour guides are employees of large travel companies that handle every single detail for week- to three-week-long trips. The companies that sell these A-to-Z comprehensive travel packages are numerous; many are longtime family-owned businesses that have loyal customers who come back each year for their main vacation planning.
Several of these companies initially started out with the founder as not only the planner, but also the tour guide. Tauck Travel, founded by Arthur Tauck in 1924, has this history on its website:
The area’s fall foliage was in full display, and Arthur savored the colors as he lunched at the Wigwam Restaurant ...