5 Ways to Turn Cabbies Into Tour Guides

A cab ride can be an awkward affair, if you let it.

The awkwardness compounds when you come from a background of small town living and a father who would rather walk the entirety of Rome than pay for a taxi back to the bus stop.

Often when I first started taking cabs, especially in the UK, I didn’t know what to do with myself, and the rides turned into impersonal stretches of tense silence.

This is fine, if silence is what you’re after. But I happen to also love hearing locals talk about their city. I love collecting stories and connecting with people. There’s nothing as fun as engaging an expert in conversation, and learning new insights about the place you’re visiting and the folk who live there.

So I started watching for the things that got cabbies talking.

Phillip Capper
Phillip Capper