Days Out: the podcast potential

It's simple really.

Where do most folk begin their search when they want to find something to do with the family on weekends or bank holidays?

It's the internet. Certainly with office workers looking for a day trip to balance out their hard working week.

There will be a museum, a castle, a fun park, a cathedral, a gallery, the centre of an attractive local town. And why don't these attractions utilise podcasting, or offer an mp3 download, on their sites to inform and attract visitors and potential visitors?

Some of these tourist attractions are no strangers to offering audio guides on site but don't offer them to be downloaded and put on your mp3 player before you arrive.

The National Trust's website for Fountains Abbey delivers precisely this solution for their visitors.

While this saves the visitor having to queue [and pay for] for an audio guide at the venue, does this make good listening for a visitor on the way to the attraction? Possibly not as it is concentrating on the actual functionality of an audio guide.

So maybe something that skims the most interesting bits from the audio guide into a pre-trip taster of what's to come including highlights of what else is in the area, possibly providing sponsorship opportunities for local businesses or other attractions. Including sound bites from previous visitors and staff.

These top level podcasts could be redistributed via the websites of local hotels and B&Bs - very much like the tourism leaflets that you can already find in the foyers of these guest houses.