Introducing: Navigate Paris Online
It’s no secret that the internet has changed the way we travel. We can find blog posts, Google anything we want to know, and don’t have to worry about getting lost because our phones are glued to our hands.
The internet is great at putting everything at our fingertips, but it still has a few flaws:
- We rely on Google maps to tell us where to go.
- We don’t know how to read a map or get lost.
- Answers seem to trump questions. And there’s always an answer at our fingertips.
- Expectations can be jaded because we’ve already seen everything online.
- We may let influencers influence our decisions rather than our own guts and interests.
- We’ve forgotten how to explore and make discoveries for ourselves.
- We’re less likely just to wander and unplug.
- There’s so much information, it’s almost too much and can be overwhelming. Where does one even start?!?
While each of these points of course depends on context, they are all thoughts that have passed through my head while developing Navigate Paris Online, an online travel planning experience that gives you the skills, confidence, and know-how to explore, get lost, and make the most of your time in Paris.
I’ve pulled from my 10+ years in Paris and hundreds of on-the-ground tours to develop a new kind of experience. It breaks down the basics of travel that most guidebooks take for granted. And unlike a guidebook, it can be updated any time.
We are engaged citizens and crave ways to travel deeper and in more meaningful ways. When days are jammed packed with work and other responsibilities it doesn’t always give us the time to plan for travels like we once would.
Navigate Paris Online is a self-paced experience that works like an online course. At first I described it as an online version of my in-person tours, but then again, that would assume that my tours are typical.
Navigate Paris Online is broken down into 8 different modules with associated lessons. There is usually a video or audio file, as well as accompanying text. Rich with information, it’s also designed to be succinct, essential, and not waste your time. Each chapter includes additional resources, so your explorations can continue long after you get through all the material.
There are the typical things you’d expect, but also lots of surprises. It covers everything from the layout of the city, getting around on public transportation, ordering at a restaurant, the best pastries to try, ideas for museums and unique experiences, and SO MUCH MORE.
I can’t really explain it beyond that, because to be honest, it’s not like anything I’ve ever seen done before. It’s like I got to pull all my experience from my Paris tours, creative workshops, teaching online, and add in a twist of design, and voilà! I’m thrilled to introduce NavigateParisOnline.com!
Check it out for yourself and let me know what you think. 😊
Photos by Katie Mitchell Photography.