Authentic Experiences are rare
but Hostible makes it easy to find them!
Commoditization vs Authenticity
Finding a “Touristy” activity isn’t hard, but finding an Authentic Experience can be… This is a phrase that captures
the 21st century difficulty we face when we are looking for things to do on a weekend, during a vacation or even visiting
family from out of town. There are the usual tours, museums, and zoos, but unfortunately these experiences
have undergone severe commoditization with little authenticity left. With the recent advancements in technology such
as smartphones and the internet, we are more disconnected than ever. To make matters worse, finding an authentic
experience is almost impossible unless you know very specifically what you are looking for. In this article, I’m going to
discuss the Commoditization of Hosted Experiences, what is an Authentic Experience, their importance, and how to find them.
Commoditization of Hosted Experiences
If you have visitors from out of town and you are trying to make a plan for your visit together, the normal venues that
come to mind are museums, tours or maybe the local zoo. But these are commercial businesses and the activities are lined
with guide ropes and “Don’t Touch” signs. Likely your guide will have repeated the same lines thousands of times and you
are simply one more tourist in a stream of nameless faces. While sometimes you get lucky and get assigned a passionate
guide, it is more common that you will get the “ho-hum” run-of-the-mill experience. These venues are engineered for endless
lines of people, directed towards the concession stands and other revenue-making devices. Afterwards, the aching feet
and exhaustion hardly feel worth the effort and time spent.
What is an Authentic Experience
Alternatively, an Authentic Experience will be a far cry from the flawless machine of a traditional tour. Ideally it will
be messy, unrehearsed, and flexible. Your guide may very likely be the owner or host the experiences part-time, and will
know you by name when it is all over. It will be filled with genuine conversation and laughter. Any food you might receive
will be nothing like the greasy concession stand fare, instead it should be a skillfully cooked meal, prepared with care,
and served with a decent back-story. These are the experiences that fill us with appreciation for the dedication needed
to make them possible.
This is an idealistic view of what an Authentic Experience would be like, and it would seem that these are far and few between.
Finding an Authentic Experience
If you pull up your preferred search engine and type “things to do near me” or something similar, you will find SEO-ridden
pages titled “Top 10 Things to Do” posted by Trip Advisor, Expedia etc. all hopelessly duplicating each other with references
to the exact same tours, museums, and the occasional city attraction. This may be sufficient for a visitor who is new to the
area, but it is far from satisfying the perceptive adventurer who are looking for an authentic experience. You can check social
media sites but hosted experiences are rarely advertised on them.
The solution is Hostible, a website dedicated to helping people share authentic experiences and skills.
Picture yourself in an organic garden, soaking up the wisdom of a seasoned gardener, or sweating while you hammer out a Celtic sword under
the guidance of an expert blacksmith, or even gliding across the waves in a genuine Chinese Junk sailboat. The possibilities are endless,
and Hostible is working hard to provide a free, easy-to-use platform that enables people to share experiences like these without the
Say No to Commoditization and Find Something Authentic
Explore Hostible to find countless Authentic Experiences!