The Curious World of Homeless Tourism
Generally, homeless tours exist in a number of formats through Europe. For example, in exchange for a set quantity of money (anywhere between €500 - €5000) a team of 10-20 people are specially trained will transform a client to completely look the part. The organizers dress up the customer, they devise a task for them, and record all the action with a camera for footage to be returned to them after the experience is completed. For these wealthy individuals it is seen as a "fun and interesting" activity, and to some degree an educational and enlightening one.
The trend seems to be present around Europe. For example, in London, travellers are given curious recommendations to stay the night under Tower Bridge and where to collect empty bottles. In Munich you can book a tour with excursions and at the end of the day spend a night at a homeless shelter. The aim is that these "sellers of poverty" want to change the perception that people have about being homeless; that it doesn't make the person any less human.
Discover Barcelona with a Homeless Guide
Barcelona, gem of the Mediterranean, is a magnet for many visitors. Here there are always new tourist trends and innovations and that is reflected with the example of Hidden City Tours, who offer tourists the chance to explore the city through the eyes of those who know the streets better than anyone; those that have lived on them... Of which there are over 3000 in the Catalan capital.
"Here you will find a whole lot of good people who have been forced by various circumstances to start living on the streets". The words of Lisa Grace, originally from the UK and someone who has lived in Barcelona for over ten years.
The tours are available in English, Catalan, and Spanish, taking place in small groups of up to 10 people at a time. The price is around 10 euros for an adult. So, for very little money, tourists not only receive a quality guided tour, but they'll also be helping to run a company that employs those who need the most help getting back onto their feet in Barcelona in an unforgettable experience. What do you think? Interested? Then on your next trip how would you like to experience Barcelona through the eyes of a homeless person?