Audio tours are quickly becoming the newest craze in the travel industry and with thousands of tours available for destinations all over the world it’s easy to see why.
Independent travelers are downloading tours in droves and can’t get enough of the convenience and value for money audio tours provide.
Here’s 10 reasons why you’re going to love them too:
1. Save on All-Important Luggage Space
Forget about baggage limits and suitcases bursting at the seams, with an audio tour you can kiss goodbye your well-worn guidebook and replace it with one of the many slimline mp3 players that are on the market.
Good audio tours will walk you through all the sites covered in your guide book, with the added bonus of taking you to some of the real local haunts.
2. Cheap as Chips
Audio tours are significantly cheaper than comparable guided tours. For example, a tour of St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel can easily cost around $US50 but an audio tour that takes in the same sights is likely to cost a quarter of the price and has so many advantages. Instead of being a part of a crowded tour group and struggling to understand your guide you will be given your own personal tour complete with sound effects and stories that you can stop and start whenever you like.
Naturally, the more you save on a tour the more money you can spend on indulgent treats during your trip – that’s gotta be a good thing!
3. Take in the Highlights
Audio tours are great if you’ve only got limited time to explore a destination or you just want an easy way to see everything a city has to offer. With such a large range of tours available you’re guaranteed to find the holiday experience that you’re after.
4. Travel at Your Own Pace
Independent travelers will love the freedom to create their own itinerary and discover a destination in their own time. The best audio tours break up all the stops into separate tracks so you can visit attractions that you’re most interested in or rearrange the path the tour follows to suit yourself. Audio tours also give you the flexibility to stray from the itinerary and take time to explore for as long as you like.
5. Insider Info
If you want to visit places that only locals know about and discover the heart and soul of a city then audio tours are going to be your new best friend. Good audio tours are developed by local people. They reveal those little gems that you would never ever find by yourself and they’ll tell you stories that will help you take the most away from your trip.
6. No Need for a Search Party
It’s almost impossible to get lost when you’ve got a good audio tour. The best audio tours are divided into separate tracks and include a free numbered map that corresponds to the track your listening to. The map plots out the path the tour follows and clearly marks the stops you take along the way so you always know exactly where you are.
7. Look Like a Local
The days of waving your guidebook around and getting tangled in a map the size of a small country are over – now you can be a tourist without looking like one.
Audio tours allow you to be an ‘undercover tourist’. Outsiders will be fooled into thinking you’re taking a casual stroll around a city you know like the back of your hand when you’re actually following clear directions from your audio guide.
8. A Memorable Experience
You’re guaranteed to have an experience you’ll never forget when you take an audio tour. In fact, studies show that people are more likely to retain information that they hear rather than information that they read from, say, a guidebook. There’s also the added benefit that you don’t have to keep looking down to read your book, you simply listen while you take in your surroundings and enjoy the experience.
9. Quick and Easy to Download
Audio tours can be downloaded in a matter of seconds from anywhere in the world. From Madagascar to Miami, as long as you have an internet connection and an mp3 player you can download a tour anytime, day or night.
Whether you’re a history buff, a dedicated sightseer or a fun-loving backpacker there will be an audio tour to suit your needs. Apart from the obvious variety of destinations available there are also a number of different styles to chose from, including self-drive tours, those with a historical focus or those with a youthful, streetwise and funky atmosphere.