Special Tours

Finding a “Touristy” activity isn’t hard, but finding an Authentic Experience can be…

This is a phrase that captures the difficulty we face today, 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 special tours is an almost impossible task unless you know very specifically what you are looking for. In this article, I’m going to discuss the average experience today, what special tours should look like, the importance of an authentic experience, and how to find special tours that won’t leave you disappointed.

The Average Experience


If you have family or friends from out of town and you are trying to make a plan for your time together, the usual venues that come to mind are museums, parks or maybe the local zoo. But these are commercial businesses and the activities are lined with guide ropes and “Don’t Touch” signs. If you have a guided, they will likely have repeated the same information hundreds of times and you are simply one more person in a stream of forgotten names. While sometimes you get lucky and are assigned a guide who goes above and beyond, it is more likely that you will get the average “ho-hum” 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 should Special Tours look like?


Alternatively, a Special Tour 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. The entire tour will be filled with unique topics, points and comedy. These are the kinds of special tours that fill us with an appreciation for the hard work needed to make them possible on a regular basis.
This is an idealized view of what special tours would look like, and it would seem that these rare and difficult to find, given the crowd of advertising for the big commercial tours…

How to Find Special Tours


If you go to your usual search engine and enter “special tours in my city” or a similar phrase, you will find tons of SEO-focused websites with names like “Top 10 Things to Do” posted by Trip Advisor, Expedia etc. all hopelessly pushing and shoving to make it to the top of the search engine result with repetitive links to the exact same tours, museums, and the occasional city attraction. This may be enough for someone who isn’t overly perceptive, but this is far from helpful for someone who is looking for special tours. Additionally, social media is an option but tours are not often advertised on these platforms.
This is where Hostible comes into the picture! Hostible is a website dedicated to helping people share authentic experiences and skills.

Imagine a scavenger hunt tour across the city, following clues, learning interesting facts and having a ton of fun the entire time! Or following a seasoned-local who has an incredible memory and perfect comedic timing. Sometimes the greatest tours aren’t advertised on a billboard or listed on Trip Advisor but they will leave you with memories to last a life time. 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.


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