Project Description

VoiceMap was inspired by years of travel, the power of local storytelling, and a passion for sharing. We believe that the right story, told at the right time, can change how we look at familiar places as easily as it alters our perception of somewhere new. Which is why we aim to create stories that move you both emotionally and physically by taking stories from people around the world and placing them in your pocket for you to use at any given time.

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Our storytellers include bestselling authors, expert correspondents, veteran broadcasters, passionate locals, and even famous actors. But they could also be your neighbour, sharing their passion for street art, a nearby national park or your city’s history.

We like to think that we have something for everyone. History buff? Here’s a look at segregation in Kansas City. Culture fiend? How about this exploration of the cultural heart of Vienna. Theatre lover? How about a tour of London’s West End with Sir Ian McKellen. We’ve got you covered while you wait in the queue for Table Mountain’s Cableway too. Oh, and they’re not just for walking. We have cycling tours, driving tours, and boat tours. If you prefer travelling by armchair, you could also let VoiceMap’s audio transport you to the intimate corners of some far off city from the comfort of your couch.

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Imagery Courtesy of Mitch Secrett of Melbourne Audio Tour 

So how do our audio tours work? Well, they’re like podcasts except we use GPS to play audio automatically, as you move, to tell you stories about what you’re seeing right in front of you – a park bench, a statue, a café or a tombstone. (Yes we even have tours in a cemetery!) All you need is our mobile app for iPhones and Android devices, which works offline, with offline maps. Just put on your headphones and you’re ready to explore, at your own pace.

If you’d like to tell a story of your own, you can start right now, for free. Our publishing tool is easy to use and our team of editors delight in bringing new stories out into the world. Once you’ve hit the create button, we’ll assign an editor to your project, and they’ll help you through the entire process, from mapping the tour out perfectly to giving clear directions and recording audio of the highest possible quality. We’ve also connected our publishing tool to a marketplace. You choose the price and we pay royalties of 50%.

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We don’t only help individuals create tours. We’ve help tourist attractions, events, hotels, and brands to tell their stories too. We can map, research, and script the tour for you. Our editors work with local freelancers, charging local rates, to tell a story that reflects your voice and identity in a number of languages. We’ve worked with the V&A Waterfront, Groot Constantia, Spier Wine FarmVisit Dubai and the University of Oxford to name a few.

So when you’re ready, head to our homepage and start creating a tour of your own. It’s as easy as clicking create.

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