FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do I have to reserve or can I just show up?
A: Just show up, if that’s what you prefer. Or if you like to plan ahead, or have more than 6 people joining, feel free to let us know.
Q: How long is the walk?
A: About 1.5 to 2 hours. It’s more like wandering than intense hiking.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: Pay what you like. There are no fees. If you enjoyed the experience, tip what you think is fair and can afford. We leave it up to you to decide what the tour is worth.
Q: What is a typical tip?
A: Between $15-25, but it’s completely your call.
Q: Do you accept other forms of payment?
A: Cash is preferred, but our guides will accept Venmo.
Q: How do we know who will be leading the walk?
A: It’s easy. Just look for someone wearing Tipster attire at the meeting location.
Q: Should we be on time to start the walk?
A: Try to be! We are hanging out at the meeting location 15 minutes before we start.
Q: Does quality suffer because you don’t charge a fee?
A: Absolutely not! Ask anybody on our team and they’ll tell you that they love what they do. They embrace the pay-what-you-like way of doing things. They get to walk around some of the best parts of Austin and share insider tips and stories with cool people. They’re outside in nature, not stuck in an office, and staying active while entertaining people. Seriously, who wouldn’t want a gig like that?
Q : Why choose Tipster?
A: Our guides genuinely love their jobs and want to show you a great time. Whether you are visiting Austin for the first time or a seasoned local, we want to help create enjoyable memories for you, no matter your budget.
Q: What is typical group size?
A: Depends on the season. We’re prepared for all size groups. The walks tend to have a good number of people which makes the experience enjoyable and social. You’d be surprised by how many folks connect for food and fun after the walk.
Q: We are a large group of more than 6 people, can we just show up without a reservation?
A: Absolutely! We’d appreciate it, though, if you let us know beforehand so we can be prepared.
Q: What type of people show up?
A: All ages and types. We see a lot of young people with high energy. We also see active older people who love being outdoors.
Q: How does Tipster promote “sustainable tourism”?
A: It’s just our feet on a fun and easy 1.5 hour walk through some of the best parts of Austin. No carbon footprint at all! Totally sustainable because we don’t have any negative impact on the resources or natural environment of Austin.
Q: Does the tour make a loop?
A: Some tours do circle back around, but for the most part the tours end at another location where guests have a chance to continue their fun. After each tour, guides are available to give you directions back to your car or recommend other places to check out in the city!
Q: What should I bring?
A: Don’t forget your camera! You’ll definitely want to capture your experience. Every tour includes a stop where you’ll have the opportunity to get snacks and refreshments so we recommend bringing your wallet. It’s also a great idea to bring water on a hot day.
Q: Will there be a food/drink/bathroom break?
A: Yes! There will be time to take a break, go to the bathroom and get a drink or snack on every tour.