Voyjer: helping locals and visitors

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Will these be a thing of the past?

Will these be a thing of the past?

Who knows more about their local area than the locals? Who knows more about things to see, things that other people may not know and who is there all the time to see the changing patterns in an area. Locals

Guide books become out-of-date as soon as they go to press. Online websites are only as reliable as those posting reviews on what they have seen.  Newspapers, magazines and online media are only as accurate and all-embracing as the writer has had time to see. Monthly magazines may not print stories for months which allows all sorts of changes to happen.

Voyjer may be answer to the visitor’s request for what to see.

The idea behind this new company is that when a person goes to the website and requests a list of things to do in an area, a local person replies with a potential itinerary listing things to see and do which may include some things that non-locals know.  I, for example, could point out that in my local area there is a potential mediaeval landing stage with the huge logs in place but it has never been written about other than in passing nor is it seen by many people in the village because it is under water for most of the year.

The person writing the list cum itinerary gets paid $5. But – and here is the important thing –  Voyjer only allows locals to write about the area they know. I wouldn’t be allowed to write about Abbas Coombe, Golspie or Zennor because I don’t know it.

If, as a result of the work that the contributor has done, the person requesting the information, books a holiday or visit via the Voyjer website, then the contributor gets a percentage of the booking price.

This pays the contributor for their work –unlike TripAdvisor which has built a business on free contributions by millions – and the tourist has a visit which takes in things they might never know about.

At present about 40% of the contributors are in the UK and another 40% in the USA so coverage is patchy in the world.  But give it a few years and Voyjer may be the next big tourist idea.

For more information about becoming a contributor or using Voyjer, click here.

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