In Situ Travel sets itself apart from its competitors by using bike GPS units.
Would you prefer to take a bike tour in Europe with a bike GPS or with a paper map and printed directions?
The other day, I came across a travel blog post about someone’s recent bike tour in Europe. While it was a different type of bike tour than what we offer at In Situ, I couldn’t help but pay attention to this other company’s guest’s distress and dissatisfaction with the beginning of their tour. At the core of their concern was getting lost on day one of their tour. Their company used paper maps and printed directions, which as noted by their guest, “only works if you know where you are on the map”.
This points to the key problem with most other bike tour companies’ tours: they’re stuck in the last century in terms of their way-finding and directions. Guests are excited to come on a bike tour in Europe and expectations can be high, yet many companies give them inferior support while on their tour. As the above blogger pointed out, a map and directions would be fine if they actually knew where they were. Sure, one can spend one’s time studying a map and constantly looking down to read directions while riding a bike, but who really wants to do that on their bike tour? Would you? It’s truly unbeliveable to me that other companies still see this as a viable solution in this day and age. This blogger quickly realized a better solution when she asked, “Does anyone know where we can purchase a GPS?”
In contrast to the above experience: ALL of In Situ’s bike tours in europe use handlebar mounted, bike GPS units. There’s no need to read paper directions while you ride. Our guests do not need to be constantly looking at a map either. Our bike GPS units prompt you at the turns, freeing you up to enjoy the ride and not worry about getting lost. And if you do happen to take a wrong turn, it’s clear from the GPS where you are in relation to the correct route, making it easy to get back on track. Your entire route for the day is pre-programmed so there’s no wondering if you’re on course or not. A quick glance at the bike GPS shows where you are on the bike route and where your next turn is. An added bonus of the GPS is that you also don’t need to worry about keeping up with the group. Ride at your own pace, knowing with confidence that you’re on the right path.
Why other companies don’t use bike GPS units surprises us, but we’re happy they don’t. It sets us above the rest.