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Traveling is about Stories.
We learned that the best way to really explore a place is with fascinating stories from a local. Our favorite travel experiences were always when a local guide or friend could take us around sharing funny anecdotes & explaining the awesome culture around us. Like the Colombian foreign exchange student our friend had growing up who told us endless stories about the German Jews that fled to Colombia, and my dear Korean friend that took us to the Korean countryside for a royal family traditional meal and explained every dish.
Locals give us the insight to cultures and places that guidebooks skip over. These stories make a place come to life.
One of my favorite of Gretl's stories are at Vienna's Fleishmarkt (the Meat Market), above, telling how during the Bubonic Plague the drunk Lieber Augustin fell into a gutter and fell asleep. They only found the next day because he was loudly & drunkenly singing a kid's song! Photo by Thomas Ledl.
The app: awesome Audio Tours chock full of stories for the independent traveler.
Gretl Goes: Vienna has 12 audio tours leading a listener through small alleys to overlooked landmarks and the best of Vienna's attractions. There are tours for music lovers, food lovers, historians, and the curious. What I love most about these tours are Gretl's detailed stories like the 19th century bakers awake before dawn preparing croissants that stop the Turks invading the city. These tours bring the city to life!
Who the app is for travelers:
- fascinated by history & don't want to follow a tour group
- on a budget - hear an expert's tours without the huge price
- seeking local insider tips of the best destinations
Some of Gretl's Vienna tours & the Gourmet tour winding through Vienna's streets. Offline maps & GPS navigation guide the entire tour!
And while I'm bragging, the best features:
- hours of fascinating history & culture
- bright photos show listeners exactly where to go
- offline maps & GPS navigation show every turn on the tours -- you never use data!
- detailed walking directions
- map of Vienna's free WIFI locations
Our lovely tour guide for Vienna, Gretl, is an American that began her 7-year-long romance with Vienna as an undergrad studying opera and theater. She's now a tour guide, writer, singer, Masters student, and adventurer. All the tours are her original content, yep, she's one smart cookie!
The free version of the app comes with a preview of our Top 10 destinations tour, the offline maps, and the city's free WIFI locations. Our 12 tours sell for $1.99 or $2.99 each or buy all 12 for the low price of $12.99 -- less than a Schnitzel!
The list of the Musical tour's destinations & listening to the Albertinaplatz with location photo, expandable map, and directions.
Want to help spread the word about Gretl Goes: Vienna?
Share it on Facebook, email it to a friend, write a blog post, or Tweet about us -- the best marketing is word of mouth! Send them to GretlGoes.com which has a link to download & more about the app. Also, you can follow Gretl & the app on Facebook and Twitter.
Want to Review it? Our Press Kit includes sample text and photos with all the great details about our app. Have questions or suggestions, don't hesitate to contact us.
It's not just an app, it's our dreams!
To some it might just look like any old app, but to us, it's a dream in progress. We've long striven to be on our own path running a business from anywhere in the world, and while we're no longer roaming the earth with mail going to my dear mom's house (thanks mom!), Kyle and I are most definitely on the right path.
After a 1.5 years living in Myanmar with very limited internet access, we knew it could be a steep climb re-starting our tech company. This app launch is one more bit of encouragement for us that in addition to the handful of free-lance projects Kyle's working on, stone by stone, we're building our business, and we're still chasing our dreams.
With this app launch, our business really feels established. Kyle is my bonafied Code Magician who made this app from scratch aka native in Objective C++. Which means the fancy audio player, offline GPS navigation & maps, and our back-end database are built to last. It also means I've got a talented business partner. On my part, I've been re-training myself transferring my non-profit program management skills to the tech realm. Just like working non-profit, there's never a dull moment, and I'm often switching between project manager, marketer, designer, accountant, and editor all in the same day. They're exciting new hats we're both wearing.
Where next? Photo by Felipe Oliveira
Hoorary! We're hiring more Tour Guides!
The exciting news I can finally announce, we're hiring more writers to make tour apps! Hooray! We're gearing up for more cities later in 2013. Do you know a dynamic tour guide or writer who can tell great stories about their city? Please introduce us! Bessie[at]Adelante.us and there's more information here.
celebrating our app launch at dinner in Guanajuato, Mexico
Thank you for sharing our excitement with us! After years of following our dreams around the world, we're excited to be on this next leg of our adventure! And to think, this travel app got started over coffee with friends in Vienna after moving from Myanmar.
The world has changed our lives in many interesting ways.