The tour we booked at our hotel seemed like a reasonable deal – it included a cool activity, transportation to and from the starting point, and a “party” with complimentary drinks. However, upon arriving at the venue after a long 30-person bus ride and “enjoying” our watered down alcoholic punch, our eyes drifted to the pricing board – not only did the venue offer free transportation for small groups, but the entire experience cost only a small fraction of what we had paid for the “all-inclusive” tour. After waiting for the stragglers of the group to get back on our bus, we couldn’t help but feel disappointed by the whole experience as we rode back in silence.
How many of you have ever felt that way?
As travellers ourselves, we want to see the world as it is – something that the traditional tour package never quite managed to achieve in our eyes. Too often, a travel company just gives you a 5-day tour where they plan out the entire itinerary. Sure, there’s lots of people that are happy with that, but that’s not us.
Even when we buy a partner tour from a hotel or cruise line – they just put us on a bus to an attraction and let their guides show us around, while charging an exorbitant price. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could find locals who were willing to provide us a more authentic local experience? More down-to-earth, more personal, where you could truly see your destination like a local – what these big companies claimed to offer, but just never could?
The results we saw didn’t surprise us – these locals were not just incredibly knowledgeable about the areas they lived in – they were extremely happy to share that knowledge with someone else. Not to mention that the possibilities of the trip became so much greater – if there was something we wanted to see or buy, we could simply make a stop at a place recommended as a store “for locals” by our guide (something we couldn’t do on a bus full of people). You don’t have to worry about what the masses want anymore – just pick a local host that shares your passions, and you’re free to do what you want together. Suddenly we found ourselves recommending local guides we’ve had to our friends so they could travel the way they always pictured it.
In essence, this is what we are trying to do with our platform. When you book an experience through Tattle, you aren’t just booking your average tour – you’re booking time with someone who knows the area intimately. Our goal is to allow you to see things through the eyes of a local, getting to know the real side of the city you’re visiting and avoiding common tourist traps. And even when you do visit bigger tourist attractions, you’re going to get a different perspective. By expanding to cities all over the world, we aim to make this possible for travellers everywhere.
On the flip side, we want to allow passionate locals around the globe to make money – whether as a side hustle or a source of full-time income – by showing off what they love about their city. With our platform, we seek to break down the barriers to accessing an international marketplace of tourists – allowing you to focus on your passions while we manage your bookings and bring your experience to the world!
The change in the tourism industry is coming, and Tattle is here to ensure authentic experiences will always be available. We want to show people a new way to travel – and we think this generation is ready for it.
But we can’t do it without you. Would you like to help us bring this vision to life? Here’s what you can do:
- Become a Tattle Ambassador and refer us amazing people who would make a great local host for an experience!
- Sign up as a host yourself!
- Become a Tattle Early Adopter and provide us feedback on new features and developments that we have planned. You’ll be the first to find out when we start launching in different cities. Click here to sign up or find more information on the program!