In 2020 online avenues for seeing the world have increased exponentially. What used to be exciting online was the latest film clip to drop from an artist on YouTube, and now it’s all about how we look in a Zoom meeting and grandfathers on TikTok. It’s amazing to know that so many different industries can be part of this digital revolution, tourism included.
We’ve already seen 360-degree virtual tours, Airbnb Experiences branch out to a whole new level, and boxes delivered accompanied by video content to get a new kind of experience at home, with no fuss. Adaptability is the name of the game and if you don’t look to seek this new ‘normal’ then you’ll be left in the lurch.
Connecting at home is one of two things I want to discuss relating to this topic. The other is about connecting with others, and I address that in the next post. Both have been crucial to the well-being of the world’s citizens as we combat a crisis that is both unprecedented and heartbreaking to all affected.
Whether you live with a partner, housemates, or your family – or even by yourself, connecting with those closest to you has been a large part of this experience. Not something without its issues, as we all have tendency to get irritated or frustrated, but for most people this has been a positive experience.
I wanted to draw on this regarding my home tour A Tourist in Adelaide. While the other home tour on offer is a straightforward online version of the regular private tour we operate, A Tourist is about creating your own story, within your own household. It was something I envisioned for the whole family to get involved with – a quick activity, but one where everyone could have input.
If you haven’t seen what it’s all about yet, A Tourist is a short but fun journey where you see what a tourist would get up to on a day in Adelaide. With a few household items you have at the ready, you go through the notes provided and play the sequence of videos, arranged as a story where you can help shape its final form.
It was never created to be something puzzling or to take up much time, but something to immediately bond you with those in your immediate space. I really love the idea because it’s something I would do – it’s random and quirky, but it shows off the best bits of Adelaide whether they be good, bad or ugly. And you get to learn a bit about Adelaide’s past along the way. That’s why I call it part-tour, part-activity!
Designing something like this was my way of bringing Flamboyance Tours into the digital space, and different to the likes of those care package boxes. It goes in line with our ethos of fun, quirky, immersive travel. And I hope that Adelaideans and others from across the globe continue to embrace the likes of A Tourist and our other digital offerings.
Connecting at home has never been more important as it tests relationships on all levels. We’re discovering more about the human condition than ever before, and it’s both fascinating and horrifying at the same time. This sort of connection has in some ways, made us regress to a previous era, one where going out to a restaurant or the cinema was a treat and doing home activities was more of the norm.
I’m reluctant to use the word normal these days – reading an opinion piece on how the word has no true meaning, I’m inclined to agree. That’s why I’m excited about the chance Flamboyance Tours has to further its standing in the digital space, and hopeful you’ll see more from us that comes straight to your living room as a way of reaffirming that home connection.
Missed the last post? The last of our five-part Local Customs blog series was centred on South Australia’s football rivalry within local and national leagues!