Getting Started Series

How it works

A kick-start guide for new hosts

Becoming a host on Detour Guide is pretty simple. We want you to get the most out of your exposure online, so let us walk through the process.


Anyone with a valid email address can register to join our travel community. You can find the link to ‘Sign up’ at the top right of every page on Simply fill out the form and submit, it's that easy!

Verify your email address

After signing up, you will receive an email to confirm your email address. Be sure to click on the link in this email. You may need to check your junk folder if you don’t see it in your inbox.

Create a Profile

Your profile gives guests and hosts an idea of who they’ll be meeting, and makes our community more transparent and friendly.

Please upload a photo of yourself, and write a brief introduction of who you are, your favourite places to travel, or what you’re really into. You can customise your listing with a profile banner that helps communicate who you are. This can be a snapshot from your last holiday, or from your home town. The default banner size is 1250 x 500px.

Finally, set your Detour Guide username. This will give you a custom URL that is publicly viewable by all members. You’ll be able to view the page using this format:*username*

Create a Detour

It is free to list your own detour. A detour can be a tour or activity that you can host personally. Login to your account and navigate to the ‘My Detours’ page. Click on the ‘New Tour’ button, and you’ll be taken to our New Detour Wizard, where you can step through adding details about your activity.

After adding activity details, price options and uploading a high-resolution photo, you can Save and Preview your listing. Once you’re happy with the information, simply Submit for Review. We will make sure everything looks right and has information visitors will need to book. When your detour gets approved, you’ll just need to fill out your availability, and your listing will be available for bookings by people visiting the website.

Meet your guests

You’ll receive an email when a new booking is confirmed. Then comes the fun part, meeting your guests! Be your amazing, awesome self, and do what you do best.

Get Paid

After a completed detour, we will initiate a payout by bank transfer. Our commission rate is 15% of the total ticket amount. This fee is taken out before initiating your host payout. If this is your first booking, we will contact you to setup the transfer.

Last updated 28 August 2018