A Day in the Life of a Blue Badge Tourist Guide

I’m up early because I’m doing a Meet and Greet at Birmingham Airport this morning. I’ll be welcoming a group of 6 people from their flight, making sure that they have no problems, such as lost luggage, and then escorting them to their coach. I’ve already checked that the coach is there, so I’ve got time for a coffee while I wait for the flight to land.

After this I’ll be jumping in my car and heading into Birmingham city centre. I’ve been booked to meet a group from a conference in one of Birmingham’s hotels, and to give them a walking tour of the city, finishing at the restaurant where they will be having lunch.

I’ll grab a quick lunch myself, and then it’ll be back in my car and out to a primary school on the outskirts of the city. The Year 6 children there have been learning about their local area in geography and their teachers have booked me to do a coach tour of the city.

Then it will be back home so that I can pack my case ready for a multi-day tour with a group of German tourists. I will be meeting their coach from the ferry tomorrow and accompanying them for the next five days on a trip that will include Oxford, The Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon. The coach company has chosen me because of my fluent German.

Often this would be the end of my working day, but today is Friday which means that tonight I will be dressing up in a top hat and a long black cloak for a public ghost walk. It will start with a few ghost stories in a city centre coffee shop, and then continue with a 2 mile walk around the city with plenty of stops at haunted buildings, streets and graveyards along the way. We always finish at a haunted pub, where I’ll have another coffee to warm up – I’d love a pint of real ale but I’m driving – and then I’ll pick up a takeaway on the way home. I usually read or watch TV for a while to unwind before bed, but I don’t want too late a night. I shall need to be up early in the morning because it’s a long drive from Birmingham to Harwich.