One of Google’s experimental workshops, simply named “Area 120”, has recently launched a new travel tool and Paris is one of the 20 top travel destinations to be featured in the initial launch. This travel tool, however, has a twist. It’s not all about booking tours. There are lots of recommendations from locals and experts and one additional benefit that I’ll discuss later in this post. I am happy to announce that after almost 10 months of collaborating with Google, you can now find many of my France Travel Tips experiences on “Touring Bird”. Here’s what it’s about and how you can benefit.
There are many websites, such as Viator or Expedia, that allow visitors to book trips but what about those special experiences that are not so common or tours, activities, and sites that are free? That’s how Touring Bird differentiates itself. Their goal is to provide an easier way for travelers to discover cities, not by just including the popular tourist sites, but also the ones that only locals seem to know about. They only focus on the city experiences. You can’t book flights or hotels. That’s for other websites.
Currently ,there are 20 popular destinations from around the world that are showcased, including London, New York, San Diego, Prague, Amsterdam, Washington, New Delhi, Rome, and Toronto. As the tagline states, “Touring Bird helps you explore, compare, and book —-all in a single place”. And you can save your favorites for future reference.
Here’s a video that briefly explains the concept:
When you click on the city, such as Paris, you are presented with a variety of filters to do your search, including:
Filter By Type:
Top sights, tours and activities, local tips, and free tours (guided tours on a pay-what-you-want basis)
Filter By Interest:
Iconic Paris (especially for first-timers), Off The Beaten Path, Local Tastes (Drinks and dining), and All In The Family (great for children), State Of The Arts (for art and architecture lovers), and Instagram-worthy locations
Price range, cancellation policy, duration, time of day, and whether mobile vouchers are accepted
So what’s the twist? The free experiences!
After reading about a tour, there is a link to make a direct reservation with the particular company. But it’s not just tours that you can book and read about. There are many FREE activities and experiences that are included in the offerings and what I personally like about the list is that these are really unique experiences.
When you choose a free experience:
- you’re given a brief bio on the local or expert who wrote about it as well as an overview of the activity.
- there’s also a map indicating the location and an insider’s tip such as the best time to visit.
Here’s one of mine about gazing at Notre-Dame from a floating bar:
France Travel Tips Experiences On Touring Bird: Paris
My contributions primarily relate to the “Local Tips” in Paris—-many are free experiences that I have written about on my website. They are condensed versions of what is on my blog and all the photos are ones I’ve taken in Paris. You can see all the unique experiences by clicking on the menu bar, “Unique Paris Experiences”.
Google has included 20 of my favorite Paris experiences. that can be found on mobile…
……and on a desktop:
Have a look at Touring Bird. I think you’ll discover some new things to see and do in Paris….and you might even come upon one of my experiences.