iJourneys produces walking tours for some Europe hot spots. iJourneys have 12 locations available for audio tours ($14.95 with map), mostly Italy and Austria. Download their mp3 to your ipod or mp3 device, head to the starting location, and press play. I’ve always been a fan of these mp3 style tours. There is no group or tour guide to go follow around like a bunch of sheep (which I’ve done more than once), there is no silly over-sized phone or playback device to hold to your ear walking around like a tourist. These allow you to use your own headphones, with some degree of discretion, and still get some good information. This particular company uses the voice of Elyse Weiner, who has worked as a news producer. Her voice is about what you would expect from a tour guide.
Which got me to thinking…who would you most like to be the voice on your mp3 travel guide? I think I’d want someone with a sarcastic take on the whole process yet smooth voice. Maybe Julia Louis-Dreyfus? That could be alright.