Travel Tech Tip: Free Audio Walking Tours & Guides

Travel Tech Tip: Free Audio Walking Tours & Guides

Jason Yang
Aug 16, 2011

We recently took a trip to the amazing city of Boston and utilized a fun tech tip that saved us money and was quite enjoyable. Find out about how we used free audio tours on our smartphones to discover the city for free!

Prior to the trip we searched online for "Boston free audio tours" which came back with several quality results. Some of them were downloadable through iTunes and others as straight MP3s. Most of the audio guides
included a PDF map as well.

Both of us in our household being iPhone users, we downloaded a few select audio tour sets via iTunes as well as manually shared them via Dropbox. Those with Android cell phones can probably just save them to a memory card and load them up. Using Dropbox though we did find out that the audio files would need to download/buffer each clip in advance, so we always had to confirm signal where we were going or preload before walking into bad cell spots.

While we specifically looked for walking tours, there were plenty of museum guides, ghost tours, and other fun types of audio guides available for free that we could have easily tried out as well.

Throughout our stay in Boston we passed dozens upon dozens of booths and advertisements for walking tours, many costing quite a bit of dough. We walked on by, smiling as we listened to our headphones and the free audio tour we were already on.

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