The Memorial Day – Labor Day bookends of summer have come and gone. Children are back to school and many are writing the classic essay: What did you do on your summer vacation? Perhaps some are even podcasting about their annual summer excursions.
This summer we enhanced our visit to the Saratoga National Battlefield by downloading mp3 files of the audiotour designed to be listened to as you drive from stop to stop along the 9 mile loop through the battlefield. The brief narration oriented us to each stop with facts and sound effects that expanded the experience. I was also amazed this summer at the number of patrons at the Norman Rockwell Museum who paid a higher entrance fee to receive an mp3 player and headphones to listen to narrations associated with many of Rockwell’s paintings.
Audiotours are gaining in popularity and I think we will be seeing them continue to expand in the tourism industry. Great news for tourist and great news for voice artists.
So, my question: was there VO in your summer vacation? Specifically, did you enhance your site-seeing or travel experience with an audiotour?
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