For almost all of my travelling journey domestically and internationally, I did not consider using a travel guide. I overlooked the value that a travel guide can bring to my travelling experience. One time just for the sake of it, I decided to hire a travel guide on a visit to Bhaktapur Durbar square in Nepal. I did not know much about Bhaktapur and taking a chance on a guide was totally worth the investment.
The benefits that I found of having a travel guide are:
-better knowledge and information about the area
-choice and flexibility of activities
-local access to places and people
-a richer travel experience
When I visit a new place now, I would at least explore getting a tour guide.
And if you are travelling to Bhaktapur in the near future, reach out to me. I will recommend the guide that showed us around Bhaktapur Durbar square.