Tour Guides And Travel Writers Find Fulfillment Despite The Pandemic

A new platform called Add Your Tour enables travel enthusiasts an opportunity to contribute and earn from their stories while quarantined at home.

 

Like all tour guides, Angelina’s career came to a screeching halt when the Coronavirus pandemic hit her hometown of Plovdiv, Bulgaria, with massive force. Being a guide was not merely a job but a passion. “Everyone knows the common stories about the destinations that they visit, but after I show them around, it’s the hidden treasures and authentic stories that they remember when they return,” she says. “That, to me, is the most rewarding part of being a guide.” But all that knowledge stopped being shared thanks to COVID-19. Luckily, Angelina found another outlet for her stories about the locations she tours.

Halfway across the globe, someone else was sorely missing the adventures of travel as well. A self-quarantined travel enthusiast and entrepreneur named Igor Ilyinsky found himself with a lot of free time when his regular business slowed down to a trickle.

 

Fresh off of a trip to Italy with his wife and daughters, he was devastated to cancel their next trip to Hawaii. “We love to travel as a family, but we don’t enjoy the crowds, so we tend to explore later when the megaphones disperse.” That’s when the idea for a virtual tour guide hit him. “I thought: ‘wow, it will be a long time before people tour in big crowds again’.” So Igor used his newly found time to kickstart a passion project devoted to enabling anyone to freely and safely tour anyplace in the world, and benefit from the stories gathered by guides like Angelina, in any language they prefer.

 

“I evaluated my options,” Angelina says. “I considered writing a book or taking on some freelance travel writing jobs. But when I heard about Igor’s project, it was like the perfect place to store my passion for travel and touring for so many more people to benefit from than I could ever reach alone.” Even during the high-season, Angelina would do only one or two tours a day with no more than ten people on each trip.

But with Igor’s platform, that number would jump to hundreds of people every day at some of the more popular destinations. While that is undoubtedly gratifying, which may be enough for Angelina, there is also an intention for financial benefit. The app and tours will likely be free, but advertisements will also support them.

So contributors can earn a profit share from the trips they’ve submitted. Each tour will be a compilation of one-minute audio clips, and advertisements will play between some of them. The more tours one submits, and the more populated the tour area, the better opportunity there is to earn.

You may only earn a dollar for every 100 tours that are consumed. But if 500 consumed in a day, that’s $5 for that one day. Still not so good for a day’s worth of work, but if you consider that after that first day, you don’t have to go to work anymore, but you can continue to earn $5 every day on just a few minutes of audio created from your text, you start to realize the incentive to write some great tours.” The system also has an appreciation mechanism, where users can “like” their favorite tours, which helps contributors earn even more, much like contributors do on YouTube.

It seems Angelina isn’t the only one that sees the potential in this new platform. Carlo was starting a tour guide company in Quito, Ecuador, when the pandemic hit. He, and about fifty others, have also decided to contribute their stories.

 

 

Some of the contributors are not even touring guides, but only researchers and copywriters. “I’ve never been to Paris, but I am fascinated by the stories about it.” said one contributor from Serbia. “I collected the information that I found on various websites and news articles, located the places on a map, and submitted it. I am hopeful that the contribution will one day earn me the opportunity to visit IRL (in real life)”.

“It is that simple,” says Igor. “Just go to addyourtour.com, and the system gives you the tools to create a written tour script in any language, and it will produce the audio files, translate it into over twenty languages, and deliver it to the user.” They will even provide training, review, and guidance to ensure your tours are as good as they can be. “We want only the most interesting and enjoyable content.

Otherwise, no one will care.” And even at this early stage, contributors can be rewarded by being offered exclusivity to create tours for an area. Igor puts it this way… “In general, our algorithm will allow the best tours to outrank the lesser ones. But if you think about how many more people will visit the Eiffel Tower than the North Korean Monument to Party Founding. For which of the two would you prefer not to have any competitors?”

In that, the real challenge is identifying exotic hidden gems in generally well-populated areas. When asked if he had any suggestions, Igor’s answer was straightforward: “Yes! Everywhere.” Time is of the essence, so Igor is encouraging contributors to start adding whatever tours interest them without worrying about the location. “Your first tour will not be your best work anyway, so don’t try to find the perfect place.

That will be for your fourth or fifth tour, once you have a great feel for the system and methods. People are everywhere, and when the pandemic is over, all they will want to do is go places. Anywhere and Everywhere!” The system does allow you to see where other tours exist, however, which helps guides avoid competing with each other. But ultimately, the earlier you contribute, the more beneficial it may be.

But Igor is also quick to point out that “… it’s not for everyone. Many potential contributors were very excited about the project but only willing to work for a fee. In some cases, we were able to pay them a nominal amount, but then they don’t get the benefit of sharing the profits. It’s probably more profitable for us that way. Maybe I would pay everyone if I could, but that would take a lot of money that I don’t have.

That’s also not democratic, as I would be biased towards the content I paid for, and it’s not why I started this project. I did it so I could travel (one day) and hear the amazing stories that our guides contribute, which were selected by our users. Of course, that will require money to do, but my currency is time and travel.

I’ll take them over money.” Surely, he’s hoping this is a good use of his time (and money). But as Igor likes to misquote the mogul Warren Buffet: “The rich invest their time, while the poor trade it for money. One day I hope to meet all of our contributors to celebrate our time and travel riches in person”. That ambition, of course, only has a world crisis standing in the way.

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Base Tend riling Travel Expenses

 

The US. Corporate travel costs soared to more than $143 billion out of 1994, as per American Express’s latest study on business travel the board. Private-division bosses spend an expected $2,484 per representative on travel and amusement, a 17 percent expansion in the course of recent years.

Corporate T&E costs, presently the third-biggest controllable cost behind deals and information preparing costs, are under new examination. Partnerships are understanding that even a reserve funds of 1 percent or 2 percent can convert into a huge number of dollars added to their main concern.

Reserve funds of that request make certain to stand out enough to be noticed, which is a necessity for this sort of task. Inclusion starts with comprehension and assessing the parts of T&E the executives so as to control and screen it all the more adequately.

Hands-on the executives incorporate doling out duty regarding travel the board, actualizing a quality-estimation framework for travel administrations utilized, and composing and conveying a proper travel strategy. Just 64 percent of U.S. organizations have travel arrangements.

Indeed, even with senior administration’s help, the way to investment funds is rough just one out of three organizations has effectively founded an inward program that will assist cut with traveling costs, and the heap parts of travel are so overpowering, most organizations don’t have a clue where to begin.

In the event that that is the situation, data innovation appears to be a suitable spot to pound out those slippery, yet profoundly looked for after, reserve funds. Numerous organizations are setting out on quality projects that incorporate refined procedure improvement and reengineering endeavors intended to considerably improve T&E the executive’s forms and diminish aberrant expenses.”

As organizations look to innovation to make potential investment funds a reality, they can get exceptionally inventive about the strategies they utilize.

 

 

 

 

The Great Leveler:

Concentrated reservation frameworks were long the elite area of travel specialists and other industry experts. In any case, all that changed in November 1992 when a Department of Transportation administering permitted the overall population access to frameworks, for example, Apollo and Saber. Travel-the executives programming, for example, TripPower and TravelNet, promptly jumped up, giving companies understanding into where their T&E dollars are being spent.

The product tracks going through patterns by interfacing with the organization’s database and giving access to incorporated reservation frameworks that give prompt reservation data to aircraft, lodgings, and vehicle rental offices. These projects additionally permit clients to produce automated travel covers cost reserve funds with subtleties on where limits were gotten, inn and vehicle utilization, and examples of travel between urban communities. Real information gives organizations included influence when arranging limits with travel providers.

“At the point when you own the data, you don’t need to return to the starting point each time you choose to change offices,” says Mary Savovie Stephens, travel director for biotech goliath Chiron Corp.

Sybase Inc., a customer/server programming pioneer with a yearly T&E financial plan of more than $15 million, concurs. Presently we have power over our travel data and no longer need to rely only upon the organizations and carriers.”

The expense for this benefit relies upon the volume of business. Once the acquisition of travel-the board programming can run from under $100 to more than $125,000. Some product suppliers will suit littler clients by selling programming piecemeal for $5 to $12 per booked excursion, still a critical reserve funds from the $50 business-standard per exchange.

No More Tickets:

Paperless travel is getting on quicker than the paperless office could possibly do as both specialist co-ops and buyers cooperate to decrease ticket costs for business travelers. Maybe the front’s line of the advances is “ticketless” travel, which practically all significant carriers are trying.

Meanwhile, travel suppliers and offices are trying different things with new innovations to empower travelers to book travel administrations by means of the Internet, email and unattended tagging booths. Best Western International, Hyatt Hotels and a few other significant lodging networks advertise on the Internet. These administrations diminish the requirement for paper and offer better help and such fringe benefits as expanded effectiveness, improved following of travel costs and patterns, and cost decrease.

 

Dennis Egolf, CFO of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Louisville, Ky., understood that the clinical focus’ decentralized area, a quarter-mile from the emergency clinic, made effectiveness troublesome. “Each notice must be hand-conveyed for endorsement, and we required seven distinct duplicates of each travel request.” therefore, Egolf attempted an off-the-rack, paper-decrease programming bundle intended for the central government.

The product permits the medical clinic to oversee travel on-line, from following routine set of expenses remittances and ascertaining costs to creating loan frames and approving repayment vouchers. The product also lets the clinic keep a running record of its travel costs and its outstanding travel financial plan.

“Today, for every single commonsense reason, the framework is paperless,” says Egolf. The product has helped the medical clinic lesson archive preparation time by 93 percent.

With just a $6,000 venture, the clinic spared $70 every representative excursion and spared practically 50% of its $200,000 T&E spending plan through the paper-decrease program.

Out There:

The solidification of corporate travel courses of action by fewer organizations has been a developing pattern since 1982. About three out of four organizations currently make travel arrangements for their business areas through a solitary office rather than 51 percent in 1988. Two significant advantages of office solidification are the assistance of bookkeeping and T&E planning, just as an influence in arranging future travel limits.

A significant innovative development that permits this union pattern to thrive is the presentation of satellite ticket printers (STPs). Utilizing STPs empowers a travel organization to merge all tasks to one home office, and still send every fundamental pass to different areas immediately by means of different wire administrations. As the term infers, the hardware prints out carrier tickets nearby promptly, dispensing with conveyance charges.

For London Fog, STPs are a gift. London Fog’s yearly T&E financial plan of more than $15 million is part similarly between its two areas in Eldersburg, Md., and New York City. Every area buys a similar number of tickets, so equivalent access to tagging from their office is an unquestionable requirement. With an STP in their two areas, the organization administrations the two workplaces with one office in Baltimore. Every office approaches quick tickets and still figures out how to spare by not paying dispatch and expedited delivery energizes that can range to $15 for every one of them in excess of 500 tickets each buys yearly.

Conde Nast Publications’ yearly T&E financial plan of more than $20 million is apportioned among its areas in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New York and Detroit. Since 1994, travel courses of action have been taken care of by a brought together organization, Advanced Travel Management in New York City, by introducing an STP in every one of these five areas.

Notwithstanding expanded effectiveness because of combination, Conde Nast currently can change travel plans immediately and have new tickets close by right away. The genuine advantage is that the machines are possessed and kept up by the travel organization. So there is no expense to the organization. Because of the significant cost included, be that as it may, STPs stay a choice just for significant ticket buyers.

As airfare midpoints, 43 percent of any organization’s T&E costs, investment funds realistic through the different employments of innovation have gotten emotional. For instance, the capacity of enterprises to gather and break down their own travel patterns has prompted the production of net-charge buying arranging a cost between a partnership and a carrier to buy tickets that does exclude the additional costs of commissions, supersedes, exchange expenses, organization exchange expenses, and different limits.

Albeit most major U.S. transporters openly broadcast that they don’t arrange corporate limits underneath distributed market tolls, the American Express study on business travel the board found that 38 percent of U.S. organizations approached, or as of now had executed, arranged aircraft limits. The accessibility and mechanics of these courses of action differ broadly via bearer.

What’s the Price?

 

Fred Swaffer, the transportation administrator for Hewlett-Packard and a solid promoter of the net-estimating framework, has spearheaded the idea of charge based valuing with travel-the board organizations under agreement with H-P. He expresses that H-P, which spends more than $528 million every year on T&E, plans to have all air travel dependent on net-charge evaluating.

Straight to the point Kent, Western local supervisor for United Airlines, agrees: “Joined Airlines takes an interest in corporate volume limiting, for example, mass ticket buys, yet not with net estimating. I still can’t seem to see one net-passage understanding that sounds good to us. We’re not contradicted to it, yet we simply don’t comprehend it at the present time.”

  1. Corporate travel costs soared to more than $143 billion out of 1994, as indicated by American Express’s latest study on business travel the executives. Private-division bosses spend an expected $2,484 per worker on travel and diversion, a 17 percent expansion in the course of recent years.

Corporate T&E costs, presently the third-biggest controllable cost behind deals and information handling costs, are under new examination. Companies are understanding that even a reserve funds of 1 percent or 2 percent can convert into a huge number of dollars added to their primary concern.

 

Reserve funds of that request make certain to stand out enough to be noticed, which is a prerequisite for this sort of venture. Contribution starts with comprehension and assessing the segments of T&E the board so as to control and screen it all the more successfully.

Hands-on the executives incorporate doling out obligation regarding travel the executives, actualizing a quality-estimation framework for travel administrations utilized, and composing and disseminating a proper travel strategy. Just 64 percent of U.S. organizations have travel approaches.

Indeed, even with senior administration’s help, the way to reserve funds is rough just one out of three organizations has effectively established an inner program that will assist cut with traveling costs, and the bunch parts of travel are so overpowering, most organizations don’t have the foggiest idea where to begin.

As organizations look to innovation to make potential reserve funds a reality, they can get extremely inventive about the strategies they utilize.

The Great Leveler:

Incorporated reservation frameworks were long the elite area of travel specialists and other industry experts. In any case, all that changed in November 1992 when a Department of Transportation administering permitted the overall population access to frameworks, for example, Apollo and Saber. Travel-the executives programming, for example, Trip Power and Travel Net, quickly jumped up, giving companies knowledge into where their T&E dollars are being spent.

The product tracks going through patterns by interfacing with the company’s database and giving access to concentrated reservation frameworks that give prompt reservation data to aircraft, inns, and vehicle rental organizations. These projects also permit clients to produce mechanized travel investigates cost reserve funds with subtleties on where limits were acquired, lodging and vehicle use and examples of travel between urban communities.

“At the point when you own the data, you don’t need to return to the starting point each time you choose to change offices,” says Mary Savovie Stephens, travel chief for biotech monster Chiron Corp.

Sybase Inc., a customer/server programming pioneer with a yearly T&E spending plan of more than $15 million, concurs. Presently we have command over our travel data and no longer need to rely only upon the offices and carriers.”

The expense for this benefit relies upon the volume of business. Once the acquisition of travel-the board programming can run from under $100 to more than $125,000.

 

 

No More Tickets:

Paperless travel is getting on quicker than the paperless office could possibly do as both specialist co-ops and buyers cooperate to lessen ticket costs for business travelers. Maybe the most bleeding edge of the advances is “ticketless” travel, which practically all significant aircraft are trying.

Meanwhile, travel suppliers and offices are trying different things with new advancements to empower travelers to book travel administrations by means of the Internet, email, and unattended tagging stand. Best Western International, Hyatt Hotels and a few other significant inn networks advertise on the Internet. These administrations lessen the requirement for paper and offer better help and such fringe benefits as expanded proficiency, improved following of travel costs and patterns, and cost decrease.

Dennis Egolf, CFO of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Louisville, Ky., understood that the clinical focus’ decentralized area, a quarter-mile from the emergency clinic, made productivity troublesome. “Each reminder must be hand-conveyed for endorsement, and we required seven distinct duplicates of each travel request.” thus, Egolf attempted an off-the-rack, paper-decrease programming bundle intended for the government.

The product permits the clinic to oversee travel on-line, from following routine set of expenses stipends and figuring costs to creating loan shapes and approving repayment vouchers. The product also lets the emergency clinic keep a running record of its travel costs and its residual travel spending plan.

“Today, for every single pragmatic reason, the framework is paperless,” says Egolf. The product has helped the medical clinic lesson archive preparation time by 93 percent.

With just a $6,000 speculation, the medical clinic spared $70 every worker trip and spared practically 50% of its $200,000 T&E spending plan through the paper-decrease program.

 

Out There:

Union of corporate travel courses of action by fewer organizations has been a developing pattern since 1982. About three out of four organizations presently make travel arrangements for their business areas through a solitary office rather than 51 percent in 1988. Two significant advantages of organization union are the assistance of bookkeeping and T&E planning, just as an influence in arranging future travel limits.

A significant innovative development that permits this solidification pattern to thrive is the presentation of satellite ticket printers (STPs). Utilizing STPs empowers a travel office to combine all activities to one home office, and still send every single vital pass to different areas in a split second by means of different wire administrations. As the term suggests, the apparatus prints out carrier tickets nearby quickly, disposing of conveyance charges.

 

For London Fog, STPs are a gift. London Fog’s yearly T&E financial plan of more than $15 million is part similarly between its two areas in Eldersburg, Md., and New York City. Every area buys a similar number of tickets, so equivalent access to tagging from their organization is an unquestionable requirement. With an STP in their two areas, the organization administrations the two workplaces with one office in Baltimore. Every office approaches quick tickets and still figures out how to spare by not paying messenger and expedited delivery energizes that can range to $15 for every one of them in excess of 500 tickets each buys yearly.

Conde Nast Publications’ yearly T&E spending plan of more than $20 million is dispensed among its areas in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New York and Detroit. Since 1994, travel courses of action have been dealt with by a concentrated office, Advanced Travel Management in New York City, by introducing an STP in every one of these five areas. Notwithstanding expanded productivity because of combination, Conde Nast currently can change travel plans immediately and have new tickets close by in a split second.

The genuine advantage is that the machines are possessed and kept up by the travel office. So there is no expense to the organization. Because of the significant cost included, in any case, STPs stay a choice just for significant ticket buyers.

As airfare midpoints, 43 percent of any organization’s T&E costs, reserve funds reachable through the different employments of innovation have gotten emotional. For instance, the capacity of organizations to gather and investigate their own travel patterns has prompted the production of net-passage buying arranging a cost between a partnership and an aircraft to buy tickets that does exclude the additional costs of commissions, abrogates, exchange charges, office exchange expenses, and different limits.

Albeit most major U.S. bearers openly announce that they don’t arrange corporate limits beneath distributed market charges, the American Express overview on business travel the executives found that 38 percent of U.S. organizations approached, or as of now had actualized, arranged carrier limits. The accessibility and mechanics of these courses of action differ broadly via transporter.

What’s the Price?

Fred Swaffer, the transportation administrator for Hewlett-Packard and a solid promoter of the net-estimating framework, has spearheaded the idea of expense based valuing with travel-the board organizations under agreement with H-P. He expresses that H-P, which spends more than $528 million every year on T&E, plans to have all air travel dependent on net-passage estimating.

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