Far & Easy
Virtual tourism with local guides
Far & Easy
Virtual tourism with local guides
Far&Easy, through its website farandeasy.com, connects local guides with remote tourists.
What does this site offer?
Interactive tours around the world. The guides film live and tourists experience the tour in real time from their homes on their mobile, tablet, television or computer.
Creating a new concept
This is an innovative project based on a simple idea: the majority of people like to travel. Some would like to better prepare for their trip, others to return to places they have already visited. Some are limited by time, others by budget. We needed to find a solution to allow everyone to make these visits. This solution connects the tourist with a local guide who broadcasts a video stream in real time.
Our site farandeasy.com allows tourists to choose the local guide who suits their needs, according to tours offered, their technical equipment, the languages they speak and their reviews. Far&Easy trains guides and manages the tourist-guide relationship.
Far&Easy isn't a replacement for travel, and is not in competition with the tourism industry. It's simply a new tour experience, in real time and without any need for visitors to travel.
To allow tourists and guides to test virtual tours, Far&Easy has created Minutesight, a free iOS app allowing one minute of streaming between geolocated anonymous people. If they are available and accept the call, each Minutesight user can become another user's webcam for one minute, and only needs to film by following the green arrows on their screen.
When you first install the app, each user receives 20 points which allow twenty free one-minute tours. When you call and receive a film, you spend one point. When you shoot for another user, you earn one point.
Minutesight runs on iOS, you can download our beta version with the following link: https://testflight.apple.com/join/Rf9jZ5Ru
Minutesight is also launching a Kickstarter, to finalise the iOS version and finance the development of an Android version of the app. Far&Easy and Minutesight have been awarded the 2019 French Tech Grant.
Screenshots of the Minutesight app:
Social and environmental aspects
Fair tours: we have travelled a lot and often found that foreign or local intermediaries take most of the income generated by guides. At Far&Easy, we return 80% of the money paid by tourists directly to the guide. We train guides and help them to equip themselves, creating local jobs.
Ecological tours: according to a 2018 study from the University of Sydney, traditional tourism is responsible for nearly 8% of greenhouse gas production. Far&Easy respects the planet by limiting emissions of these gases: Far&Easy guides move around locally on foot or by bike. You can tour the world without consuming 3.5 l of fuel/100 kilometres per traveller, or 770 L per person for a round trip between New York and Beijing!
Far&Easy can limit long-distance business trips: when you have to view and interact live on-site (scouting, reports, interviews, presentations, shows, events), send one of our local guides who will film for you and send the images through streaming. You will direct the shooting and can interact in real time with the people filmed. Here too, no fuel is consumed.
Far&Easy for tourists
- the cost of a tour is minimal
- the guide is reviewed. The visitor chooses with all the facts available
- the guide offers, but you decide. The tour is personalised and interactive
- some of our guides are equipped with drones to offer tourists exclusive views ions, booking planes or hotels, fatigue or jet lag, or travel risks
- some of our guides are equipped with drones to offer tourists exclusive views
- the tourist can share their tour: why not visit as a couple? between friends? as a group?
Far&Easy for guides
- Far&Easy gives guides and the tours they offer global visibility
- Far&Easy allows guides to acquire and earn money from their equipment
- Far&Easy returns 80% of the sum paid by the tourist directly to the guide
- Far&Easy manages the tourist-guide relationship and ensures the payment of guides in local currency, euros or US $. Far&Easy retains 15% of the sum paid by the tourist, plus 5% for internet payment fees and foreign exchange commissions
- The quality of the guide's work is rewarded: guides are reviewed by tourists
Our guides today
Our guides all speak English, plus the local language. Some of our guides speak 3 or 4 languages.
Copyright of images shot
the tourist shares the copyright of the images with the guide, with a paid option for the tourist to acquire the totality and exclusivity of the copyright.
Far&Easy will quickly benefit from technical innovations and the deployment of new technologies. 5G networks, 360° cameras, allowing tourists to pilot the drone camera. As soon as they are operational, the guides will integrate these technologies into their tours.
We require funding to:
- increase the number of guides, in order to offer tourists more destinations
- add features to the website farandeasy.com
- add features to our streaming app
- to raise brand awareness for Far&Easy
We are launching Far&Easy in June 2019.
Our goal at the end of the launch period on Kickstarter is to present 40 guides, and have more than 100 destinations by the end of 2019.
We are currently recruiting guides. If a guide, for any reason, could not ensure the visits promised to our contributors we undertake to do everything possible to ensure that another guide can ensure the same visits (city, tour) as soon as possible.
Lorenzo Felici, IT architect & international consultant.
François Marquet, advertising, creative director.
Felice Nikolaou, arts student.
Lorenzo has created the site Visualtravelguide.com, the first website of its kind for downloading free HD tourism images. François founded the Bellevue studio and the magazine Most. Lorenzo is an international consultant, François has managed a communications agency in Moscow. Both are frequent travellers for both business and pleasure. And both are drone pilots.
Risks and challenges
Far&Easy does not depend on a platform, an internet service provider or a single streaming application. All that is needed is a model of camera, smartphone, stabiliser or drone. Across all these areas, there is choice. Whether you are a tourist or guide, Android or IOS, Far&Easy sets the minimum configurations for a good tour experience.
For streaming applications, we have created our own Far&Easy app which runs on iOS and Android. It stems from the iOS Minutesight application which we developed and whose beta version is downloadable via Testflight: https://testflight.apple.com/join/Rf9jZ5Ru
Apple Face Time and Google Duo are also compatible with Far&Easy.
By the end of 2019, our guides will be able to use more powerful cameras, stabilisers and drones, while 5G will enable 360° video streaming for an immersive experience.
Our development challenge is in recruiting and training guides to increase the tours available and meet demand. And of course, we will have to manage the growth of Far&Easy.
Our guides and beta testers were enthusiastic about this project.
Come and experience this adventure with us by participating in the birth of this new form of tourism. Explore new horizons while respecting the environment and local guides!
- (30 days)