Tour with homeless guides- a new type of tourism was born and is a growing trend of European tourism. This is the most attractivecheap tourfor tourists who want to see a different side of the world famous capitals.
With husky voice and shaggy gray hair, always carrying anoldsuitcase and smoking constantly, Honza Badalec takesvisitors to the neighborhood in which he lives: “I slept on this sidewalk and picked up leftovers from the trash bin over there … “said Honza and showed them how to take drinking water from fountain at the square.
In Europe, there are countless ways to explore a new city such as biking, going to a bar, visiting museums and old castles … Those are usual ways that tourists often choose. However, did you ever ask the question: “When a homeless person lives on streets, how does every street, every park look likein their eyes? How do they recognize this city? ”
Quite unexpectedly, tour with homelessguidesisa new type of tourism, a growing trend of European tourism. This is the most attractive cheap tour for tourists who want to see a different side of Prague –the world famousCzech Republic capital.
Initially, homelesstourism derived from a volunteer organization called Sock Mob, specializing in distributing socks and food for homeless people in London – England. It started when Sock Mob trained some homeless people basic skills to be tour guides in their neighborhood. Each tour costs from EUR 7-10 in which tour guide keepsa half and the other half is reinvested in Sock Mob to train the next group of volunteers.
Karim in Pragulic tour guide training class
HonzaBaladec, at the age of 55, is a homeless person who involves in Pragulic organization and is currently a ” backpacking tourism” tourguidein Prague. He has an old book store. These books have beenpickedfrom garbages and mobilizedby himfor years. He also takes visitors to the neighborhood where he has been in: “I slept on this sidewalk and picked up leftovers from that trash bin…,”