Lucie’s Local Bratislava Tours: How to Make Money Doing What You Love
As you may have already noticed, we’ve been working hard to build a platform where locals can offer all kinds of experiences to curious travellers. From hosting delicious dinners to organising offbeat city tours to taking travellers out for drinks – this is your chance to do what you love and earn some extra cash… Or who knows, maybe even kick-start a new career!
To give you an idea of the possibilities, we’d like to introduce you to Lucie, a passionate Bratislava local who hosts a couple of wonderful walking tours in her home city.
Lucie the tour guide
Lucie was born in Bratislava, has a dog named Lump, likes good food and enjoys strong espresso in the afternoon. She uncovers Bratislava’s hidden gems on her Off the Beaten Track Walking Tour, and introduces visitors to her city’s diverse flavours on her Bites and Sights Food Tour. She also has a popular Slovak-language blog where she writes about secret places in Bratislava and her city’s indigenous population.
How she got started
Lucie spent a couple of months in an international community of volunteers in Iceland. Upon returning home, she realised she missed the cosmopolitan environment and decided to start introducing Slovak secrets to foreigners. She planned a tour and initially guided her friends, Bratislava expats, Couchsurfers and Airbnb guests around her city. Once she felt confident, she posted her tours on Like A Local Guide.
Why she loves it
Being a tour guide gives Lucie the chance to get to know people from all over the world while teaching them about Slovak traditions, cuisine and culture. She appreciates conversations with people outside her own culture as they bring different points of view to her reality and are sources of fun and new information.
Through conversation, she also aims to raise the international awareness of Slovakia. When you say South Korea, everybody thinks of Gangnam Style; France has the Eiffel Tower; Italians have their pasta – but what is your connection with Slovakia?
Why travellers choose Lucie
People who join Lucie’s tours appreciate the opportunity to meet a local; the experience brings a new dimension to their trip. Having conversations with a local and tasting local food and drink is often what’s imprinted in their memories, much more so than what’s listed in the guidebooks. A walking tour with a local can also facilitate new friendships. Lucie often stays in touch with her guests.
- Duration: 2 hours
- Price: €9 per person
- What’s included: A tour of Bratislava’s hidden gems, beer, local insights
- Who can book: Private persons
- Duration: 3 hours
- Price: From €15 per person
- What’s included: Visits to the Central Market and 4–5 other venues, plenty of food and drink tastings, local insights
- Who can book: Groups of 2–6 persons / Private persons
Turn your passion into income
If you see yourself in Lucie’s story, please get in touch with any thoughts and ideas. Whether it’s teaching travellers how to make local specialities, hosting a friendly soccer match or hiking in the woods – we can help make it happen. We can’t wait to hear from you!
Opening photo credit: Miroslav Petrasko