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About

Travelling should be the part of life which enables us to experience magical and unique moments. Our aim is for you to be able to experience the places you visit in a deeper way, truly understanding them. 

This is why we have gathered together 25 amazing locals from across Europe, who know breathtaking stories about their cities. We want to deliver these stories to you. With your support we will create a guide that lets you discover Europe as never before.

The Ultimate Guide to Europe is a set of 25 guides over 24 European cities (listed below), recorded by local, professional storytellers, delivered to you in a cutting-edge, mobile app: AudioTrip which allows you to listen to these stories in the precise locations that they evolved in and belong to.

Stories in the Ultimate Guide to Europe will be available in the Audio Trip app. It's fully operational so download it right now on iOS and Android and check it out. 

With AudioTrip you can:

  • Save on roaming fees as AudioTrip works perfectly offline 
  • Listen to stories exactly when you reach the place thanks to GPS localization 
  • Never get lost. Our interactive maps indicate your position and location of the waypoints 
  • Walk the smartest route with AudioTrip suggestions 
  • Listen to the background story that lets you stay immersed in exploring the city between the waypoints 
  • Make your sightseeing even more enjoyable with pictures and descriptions integrated in each story 

Find out more on www.audiotrip.org.

The way AudioTrip works
The way AudioTrip works
                                                                      

When you were a small child, stories let you discover the wonders of this world. While you were too small to read or even walk, you travelled to faraway lands, ran through ancient castles, explored enchanted houses with glee, and watched heroes on the battlefields, carried there magically just by your imagination and the voices of your loved ones. Whenever their voices reached your little ears, a story of the world emerged.

Stories are part of what makes us human. We’ve been telling them for thousands of years around campfires, taming the unknown with our tribe. Anyone who was invited to share this experience, was no longer a stranger.

Our project gives you a unique opportunity to move into this state again, deeply immersing yourself in the stories told by the best storytellers. They're truly attached to the places they tell about and very eager to preserve their heritage.

All parts of these stories - plot, characters, and the descriptions - are rooted in the unique nature of real places and all are interwoven with deeper meanings. 

The people that will guide you are passionate storytellers, published authors, professional performers and best guides. We’ve already had the privilege of listening to their stories in the places they belong to. This was an incredible experience and we want to share it with you. 

Every Kickstarter campaign needs a guest star appearance, therefore we have tried hard and managed to persuade Tim Richards to join us!

Tim is a renowned BBC journalist and broadcaster, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Member of the British Guild of Travel Writers for 25 years, award-winning audio-guides producer. 

Tim has agreed to share some of his best trips as special rewards for our backers - you can find them in our pledges!

Tim - always carrying his microphone.
Tim - always carrying his microphone.

Tim has been making audio travel guides since 1978. That’s thirty-six years. He’s been been from Svalbard near the North Pole to the Equator in tropical Borneo. He’s recorded on the tops of ski mountains all over the world – high above them in gliders too and out heliskiing – and right down deep into the salt mines of Austria and close to the boiling waters of Geysers in Iceland.


Asked about his motivation he always answers: “I just love you - my listeners - hearing those same fascinating people, getting the feel of the same exotic and exciting places as I’ve travelled to. Bringing you the best I can in sounds is a privilege for which I am very grateful.”
This project wouldn't be possible without tremendous help of our patrons - the greatest startup accelerators and their teams. Here we would like to state a huge THANK YOU, YOU'RE AMAZING!
 
We'll be able to cover the costs of high quality recordings together with the best sounds engineers. Remember most of our Trips are going to be recorded in two language versions. Therefore we need twice as much time to make them perfect.

Translating such sensitive texts as artistic narratives requires top skills. Without a good sense of context and nuance, all of your gentle and precious efforts will be in vain. This is why we want to work with only the most passionate of translators.

Then come the pictures. It is extremely important to illustrate our marvelous stories with aesthetically corresponding pictures. For that we need to work with the most devoted artists with an eye for detail.

Afterwards we need to sync those components into maps with geolocation, to be sure that the waypoints are perfectly accurate and every guide is incredibly precise.

To be certain that everything works as it should, we must also perform extensive tests, all to guarantee the highest quality of The Ultimate Guide to Europe.

 A mystery Celebrity, who you would not expect, has promised us to record some special stories, but as we do not want to start counting our chickens, we'll wait with the announcement to see how our campaign goes. Stay tuned! Check our updates to see our little secret revealed!

We are an international startup, originally from Poland, with offices in Prague and London, thanks to some great acceleration programs by Wayra and London Accelerator. 

We are passionate about new technologies and their use in tourism. We have been developing AudioTrip for one and half years dreaming about the amazing stories occurring in it. This project is something we've been working on for a long time developing our technology and networking. 

If you want to contact us, just say "Hi" through the media below!

(From the left) Maciek, Magda, Michał, Melo & Olo.
(From the left) Maciek, Magda, Michał, Melo & Olo.

Thank you for your interest! You're amazing! Now we can reveal the whole truth to you... We were not entirely sincere about the genesis of AudioTrip. The real one is revealed in the videos below. Enjoy!

Here's what our friends from outer space think of The Ultimate Guide to Europe, check it yourself!

Risks and challenges

As you already know this is a huge project that needs a lot of parties to cooperate. Depending on how fast we will be able to get the funding, we’ll know when exactly the stories will be brought to you. The estimated timeline is September but for reasons beyond our control creating some guides may take a little longer.

You should also take into account that the personal guided tour with one of the storytellers will not be possible for all dates and will require certain adjustments.

The technological part of the project is ready, but if you experience any problems or bugs our development team will be happy to help and address any issues as soon as possible. We look forward getting your feedback and hearing what could make our app even more enjoyable to you.

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    ONE TRIP of your choice made by one of our great storytellers, revealing you the best stories about one amazing city. (approx. $1,7)

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    5 TRIPS - you can choose from all 25. (approx. $7)

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    THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO EUROPE, the whole set of 25 guides will be delivered to you. (approx. $14)

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    EARLY BIRD! - the full set of 25 European trips plus TIM RICHARDS PACKAGE - a set of 13 MORE remarkable ones around Antwerp, Bologna, Budapest, Florence, Istanbul, Marrakech, Naples, Paris, Tallinn, Venice and Vienna prepared by the famous Tim Richards former BBC journalist and broadcaster.(approx. $17)

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    TWO SETS of THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO EUROPE so you can share one with a friend (approx. $22)

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    The full set of 25 European trips plus TIM RICHARDS PACKAGE – a set of 13 MORE remarkable trips around Antwerp, Bologna, Budapest, Florence, Istanbul, Marrakech, Naples, Paris, Tallinn, Venice and Vienna prepared by the famous Tim Richards former BBC journalist and broadcaster (approx. $34)

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    THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO EUROPE + TIM RICHARDS PACKAGE + A UNIQUE T-SHIRT you may wear proud as a member of our community! (approx. $51)

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    All of the above plus an A2 SIZE MAP designed by us especially for you to tick-off the cities you have already visited and keep the track of your journeys! (approx. $65)

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    All of the above plus 5 designed by us HANDWRITTEN POSTCARDS, from 5 cities of your choice. (approx. $77)

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    The Ultimate Guide to Europe + Tim Richards Package + t-shirt + poster map + PERSONALISED AUDIO DEDICATION and 25 HANDWRITTEN POSTCARDS from each one of 25 storytellers! (approx. $171)

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    All the above + a PERSONAL GUIDED TOUR from one of our great storytellers - a dinner covering some delicious local specialties INCLUDED! (approx. $1030)

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    All from the '£100 pledge' + With your generous contribution we will be able to create a A FANTASTIC GUIDE AROUND ANY PLACE OF YOUR CHOICE IN THE WORLD! that can be connected to The Ultimate Guide to Europe set! (approx. $2570) - add £750 for any additional language.

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    All from the '£100 pledge' + Meet our team and join us on BEYOND THE BORDER leading international storytelling festival in Wales. Spend 3 amazing days filled with stories and meet some of our great storytellers. (Four star accommodation and dining included – though you may prefer to stay in a tent and eat roasted sausages!) (approx. $4280)

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