There is, it seems, no end to the different ways in which the internet and, specifically, mobile applications are changing the travel scene.
Guidestock – whilst still in beta at the moment – is a new take on the traditional travel guide. Basically, the company will pay you for creating walking tours about cities you know well. You will earn $10 for the first 15 guides you create, plus (for all of the guides you create) 50% of the revenue that Guidestock generates by selling them.
The Guidestock website allows you to create a walking guide for any city, and the walk can be as long or as short as you want. You can then annotate them with places of interest, and add a spoken commentary on top. When used on a mobile phone or a device with GPS, the guides will operate automatically.
The site has not yet officially launched, but it is accepting submissions if you wanted to create something. In London, for example, I can imagine plenty of possible options – gallery tours of East London, a tour of boutique clothing stores in Chelsea etc etc. The site is still a bit clumsy in places but does have interesting potential.
Full details of how to sign up can be found at www.guidestock.com