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'Where to go' may no longer be the only question

Stately Explorer

'Where to go' may no longer be the only question

For many, vacation travel is what one should see - whether museums, restaurants, bars, architecture, places of worship, nature. 

 

But I'm noticing promotions by small companies - a new kind of travel - 'experiential'.  Cycling through a countryside.  The chef taking a group shopping for local ingredients, then making that evenings' dinner all afternoon.  Local guides who lead you to the lesser known spots fascinating spots of their city.  Local geologists, botanists, economists, historians who lecture while you walk - and get all your questions answered. 

This seems an exciting and pivotal shift in the tourist industry - opening many more possibilities than the old "I visited ___". 

 

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this!

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Stately Explorer

Re: 'Where to go' may no longer be the only question

Honestly, I would love this, but being a budget traveler this sounds like $$$ to me. 

 

My partner and I steer clear of any sort of tour like activity if we can because a) we do prefer to go at it alone, b) we are always on a budget, but if we could swing it, then we would happily participate in a local experience. 

 

This also sounds a bit like what airbnb experiences are offering too? 

Stately Explorer

Re: 'Where to go' may no longer be the only question

Yes, I have noticed they are rather expensive... certainly to cover the costs of the experts giving the tours, and all the specialized people participating along the way.  Thanks for sharing!

City Slicker

Re: 'Where to go' may no longer be the only question


@Migmatite wrote:

Yes, I have noticed they are rather expensive... certainly to cover the costs of the experts giving the tours, and all the specialized people participating along the way.  Thanks for sharing!


Being a local tour guide beside the primary profession should be fun. Even the locals living within the city or country could may have not any idea about other wonderful places or things to do.

Internationally Known

Re: 'Where to go' may no longer be the only question

I love the idea of this, but we also travel on a budget. Maybe splurging on one of these per trip would be ok. I'm more about experiences instead of stuff anyway. I also like to do things other than just hitting up the most popular places when we travel.