Women Guiding the Way Across the Globe with ToursByLocals

International Women's Day is a time to reflect on progress made, call for change and celebrate acts of empowerment, courage, and determination – United Nations

ToursByLocals supports female guides across the world, giving them an opportunity to participate fully in the tourism industry. The company encourages female-guides to be tourism entrepreneurs in destinations where the role is traditionally male-dominated and also provide a safe and successful platform allowing individuals to earn a fair wage. Female solo travellers should also feel at ease when booking a trip with ToursByLocals as there is a large selection of expert female guides to host the tours, if this is preferred.

We have rounded-up four female guides who are making their mark on the tourism industry, one tour at a time.

Meet Huda from the UAE

Born and raised in Abu Dhabi, Huda has a fascinating story to tell, from hosting VIP guests including Sheikhs and government officials from overseas to giving travellers a unique look inside local life and culture from the perspective of an Emirati.

In 2019, the number of employed females in the UAE amounted to 521,000 whilst the number of employed males in the UAE reached 4.57 million (Source: Statista). Like many female tour guides, Huda is paving the way in the tourism industry and offers a variety of tours to eager travellers.

Explore the desert in style on the Half Day trip to Dubai Desert. After an action-packed afternoon of quad biking across the silky ochre sand, Huda will prepare delicious Arabic coffee, served with sugary dates. In the evening, watch the sun set and enjoy fire-cooked Emirati Machboos.

Meet Noura from Marrakech

With over a decade of experience tour guiding in Marrakech, Noura strives to be one of the best tour guides in her country. She allows travellers to discover the real way of life by learning about the people and their culture through private tours taking in the hidden corners of the city.

Noura offers a private half-day walking tour of Marrakech exploring the mesmerising labyrinth of alleyways within the medina and includes a visit to the grand Bahia Palace.

For foodies, Noura hosts a private evening food tour to taste local delicacies including the traditional dish of  tangia , slow-cooked meat either beef or lamb as well as msemmen – a Moroccan pancake.

Meet Nora from Prague

After studying film arts and horticulture, Nora decided to follow her passion in pursuit of working with people from all over the world and has been a guide for over 16 years.

Her tours can be tailored to each individual traveller from discovering Prague’s hidden gems encompassing the River Promenade and Dancing House to hopping on a boat to take in the romantic city with a hundred spires.

Visit all the hotspots in the city on the Prague Explorer tour, checking out the John Lennon Wall and the most famous crossing, the Charles Bridge before exploring the Old Town and marvelling at the medieval astronomical clock attached to the timeless Old Town Hall.

Meet Monica from India

Monica has a Masters in History from the University of Agra and trained with great historians, which has allowed her to develop her knowledge further and she has since been appointed by the Ministry of Tourism & Culture, Government of India as a licenced tour guide.

Wake up at sunrise to capture the Taj Mahal in all of its beauty or spend two days with Monica who knows the destination like the back of her hand, crossing off two of the most vibrant cities in India, Dehli and Agra .

Perfect for solo travellers, Monica offers full flexibility and customisation of her tours.