As a freelance travel writer or travel blogger, your passion for storytelling and exploring new places can find an innovative outlet - self-published audio walking tours. With Gesso’s creator platform, you can share your unique narratives with the world, all while generating passive income.
Creating self-guided audio tours offers a multitude of benefits. It's not merely about monetizing your travel writing - you have the freedom to shape your content without following a strict editorial calendar. You bring your readers into intimate contact with the localities you love, making them feel like they are virtually walking alongside you.
Gesso's self-publishing platform makes the process incredibly easy. All you need to do is make an account, and then you're ready to start uploading your audio clips, images, and supplemental material such as transcripts.
With Gesso, your writing becomes an interactive exploration. By simply dropping pins on a map, you chart a walking route for your audience. Each pin corresponds to a specific audio clip, crafting an intriguing narrative that listeners can follow at their own pace. Think of it as a personal, dynamic, and engaging podcast, tailored for anyone eager to explore new places through your point of view.
Creating a Tour: From Concept to Launch
The process of creating a tour starts with brainstorming a unique concept. You choose a city neighborhood and identify its key points of interest. You can then devise an engaging storyline, drawing on your research and personal insights. Drawing on different pieces you’ve written, you can repurpose ideas from past travels or plan audio tour scripts based on upcoming cities you’ll be exploring. You can upload parts of your script to the transcripts section of our creator tool. We encourage you to upload transcripts for each audio file featured on your audio tour, making your experience accessible to a wide audience.
After your script is ready, you'll move on to recording your audio. You can decide how you would like to approach narration, but consider using your own voice. The same way that readers might turn to your written city guides for inspiration, imagine listeners now being able to hear your voice introduce them to hidden gems scattered around cities.
Once you add your audio files, images, and transcripts for each stop on the tour, you’ll be able to edit your walking route and set your audio tour’s price. After you finalize this information, your tour is ready to be published. Your audience will be able to experience your tours on the Gesso mobile app, available on iOS and Android, or via our web app.
Gesso is an audio storytelling platform for creators of all backgrounds. Create an account and publish your own audio walking tours in any city. It’s as easy as dropping pins on a map.