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In most countries, a guide for tourists consists of a book you drag along to every museum or site. However, if you are vacationing in a 3rd world country a guide could take on a more human form. This is one international travel tip you should take advantage of. One, because human guides in these countries usually don't charge much money for their services. Two, they really know what is going on in the country at that moment. Where you can go and where to stay away from. Probably the best way to get a guide is through a friend. Using a guide they have already used reduces the amount of unexpected surprises you could get from an unknown person. If you can't get a recommendation from a friend the hotel is your second best bet. Since hotels are in the area they know the locals. They probably have a list of guides you could call. Though, whatever guide you choose keep your wits about you. Don't be afraid to question your guide if you feel like he/she is doing something or taking you to a place that makes you uncomfortable.