After a long discussion with our team, we’ve decided to cancel the Travel Experiencer contest for the time being due to health and safety concerns.
With the emergence of a new epidemic in China and spread to some other areas in Southeast Asia, we have unfortunately chosen to halt our plans to film in Vietnam in February and March 2020, as travel to Southeast Asian destinations will be difficult and/or inadvisable for the foreseeable future. We don’t want to put our own team at risk, and we also don’t want to risk your health either.
We hope to be able to bring this back at a future date. In the meantime, we will continue producing quality content for you guys. To all of you who entered the contest, we’re sorry it came to this, and we hope to be able to make it up to you in the future.
Tattler Tips is a series of articles written by passionate locals, providing their own unique perspectives on things they love about their cities. This one is written by Vivian Davidson, a foodie in Vancouver, Canada, who has been with us since our early days as Secret Informant!
I come from a very eclectic cultural background, mostly European – my father is German and Scottish, and my mother is French and Spanish. I lived in many countries growing up including Mexico, the US, and Canada, but have proudly called Vancouver my home for over 15 wonderful years! Growing up I shadowed my excellent chef of a mother in the kitchen and learned a lot from her – not only about how to cook food from all over the world, but also about how important culture and social factors are when understanding, making and enjoying any meal that is made.
My mom taught me to love the process of cooking, as well as the enjoyment of trying different foods from around the world. It is no surprise that I am self-proclaimed foodie who loves to frequent unique, different and varied restaurants in Vancouver, a city that is as multi-cultural as it is beautiful. I chose to write about Mexican restaurants because I spent several years living in Mexico, and my mom really enjoys cooking the cuisine a lot and so we would often make delicious Mexican dishes together, where she would methodically teach me to make and thoroughly detail in terms of the dish’s cultural and historical relevance.
As a Tattle Host, you want to create the best possible experience, impress your guests, and get better ratings and reviews from them – because that’s what will make you stand out. Here’s some ways to do that …
Top 6 Tips and Tricks
6. Give your guests extra information
During the experience, give your guests additional information about the area that they can use on their own. Chances are that the end of the experience may not be the end of the guests’ day, and as such they will be looking for more things to do – especially around the area where the experience itself ends. It could also be a great chance to learn more about your guest (as you can ask personal questions about things like food preference or favourite activities) and form a better connection with them through casual, but helpful, conversation.
As a Tattle ambassador, your job is to identify potential hosts for Tattle and get them signed up with Tattle, creating new travel experiences across the globe – but a lot of you will be asking, “What exactly does a potential host look like? How do I know where to start?”
Don’t worry, we’re happy to give you a lot of tips to give you some ideas!
A Tattle Experience is a carefully crafted experience hosted by a passionate local. It’s a window into the local culture – where you get to eat, play, live, and adventure the ways the locals do. Something much more authentic and down-to-earth than your conventional tour. But beyond that? It could be anything.
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?