Posted October 15th, 2017, 02:12 PM
Tours by locals is a booker based in the USA. They have guides in many countries. If you ask for a guide they have a list for you to choose from. They take your money (prepaid), book your guide and tell the guide your needs, the guide is an independent operator and usually works for several bookers and or tour agents. For finding the customer and telling the guide, Tours by Locals gets 50% of the tour price. They pay the guides once a month -- the following month (if your tour takes place on Oct. 18 and you booked your tour June 2 YOU pay June 2 on booking and they pay your guide 50% of the tour cost on November 15). They do help guides connect with customers but I prefer to find my own guide through internet and make my deals and details by email. TBL does have some good guides but guides work cheaper if you book without the booking agent.
Actually, this isn't quite how it works. I have always communicated directly with the Tours by Locals guide, via email. The company doesn't do that on my behalf. Also, they're Canadian, not American (maybe not important to you, but as a Canuck, I like this
). And guides get 80% of the tour price, not 50% (a detail I researched early on, as I like to get money into the hands of local suppliers.)