The Death of Traditional Sightseeing

Traditional sightseeing is dying. Because let’s face it, why would you want to spend your money and time on passively following around a tedious guide, or just sitting on your behind in an open-tour bus and watch the main sightseeing points from a far?

Traveling is about experiencing, no matter if you do it for leisure or business purposes. And the only way to truly experience something is through interaction.

That is why interactive sightseeing, combined with gaming and team building makes for a fresh and great solution.

Picture this:

You and your team are handed a tablet with an interactive map of the city. The main goal is to answer correctly on as many questions as possible within the given time. Each question is marked on the map but only appears once you are at the exact spot, meaning you will get the perfect sightseeing walk of the city while finding the questions.

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The question could be of different kinds:

  • Place specific, for example: “Who does the statue on the right portray?” where you will get to learn more about the city and its history.
  • Interactive, as in “What is the name of this place in the local language?” where you will have to interact with the locals
  • Company specific, developed together with your company. It could be on the topics from an earlier workshop, a video message from the boss or questions about products etc.

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TEAM BUILDING ASPECTS

Apart from being a fresh and exciting way to explore an destination it is also the perfect team building activity, as it is built up around the following learning points:

  • Defining effective processes to solve the problems
  • Discovering the power of a common team language
  • Responding quickly and efficiently to change in order to win the overall challenge
  • Increasing effective communication
  • Improving team effectiveness

RESULTS

  • Highlight focus and commitment
  • Empower individuals
  • Set team standards

We provide the City Code Game in all of our destinations.

The Power of Games

Gamification is a word that has been on everyone’s lips the last few years and yet we have probably just seen the beginning of it. Experts even claim that gamification is the biggest thing since Social media!

 

SO WHAT IS GAMIFICATION?

It is the use of game thinking and game mechanics in non-game contexts to engage users in solving problems. The technique is built around the fact that it engages human’s natural desire for competition, achievement, status, self-expression, altruism and closure.

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STAGGERING NUMBERS

It is estimates that the overall market for gamification tools, services, and applications will reach  $5.5 billion by 2018 (M2 Research) and that 70% of the world’s 2000 biggest companies will have deployed at least one gamified application by the end of this year.

Gamification can be applied to almost any area, at the work place to increase employee productivity, in marketing and customer retention, improving engagement on website and for schools and education purposes just to mention a few. Basically gamification helps to make fun tasks even more fun and turn boring tasks into entertaining and engaging ones.

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At Travel Out There we have adopted gamification to create interactive sightseeing and fun team building activities. You can read more about our City Code Game in our previous post. Another example of a gamified- team building activity is our City Snakes and ladders. 

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Do you remember the board game Snakes and ladders? Now imagine that the game-board is the city centre, game fields are virtual locations around you and game pieces are real people.  The game is all about getting from start to finish with as few steps as possible.

Game fields have the ladders and snakes attached to them. Instead of throwing the dice players answer a question at every field they stop at. Right answer moves the team forward and wrong backward.

If the team knows all the answers they can actually plan their way to finish by just answering right and wrong as needed.  That is, if they know all the answers. You only see the question when it is time and place to answer them.

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TEAM BUILDING ASPECTS

Not only with the interaction and game elements of this activity help to engage all your employees, the team building outcomes of this game are also plenty.

KEY LEARNING POINTS

  • Plan your route
  • Implement your plan
  • Review when something goes wrong
  • Define effective processes to solve the problems
  • Discover the power of a common team language
  • Respond quickly and efficiently to change in order to win the overall challenge
  • Increase effective communication
  • Improve team effectiveness

 

RESULTS

  • Highlight focus and commitment
  • Empower individuals
  • Set team standards

Our team building activities can also be customized to fit your wishes, so if you have any favorite board game that you would like to try out like this, let us know and we will do our best to make it happen!

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