Getting Started Series

Create a Detour

Learn what it takes to create a listing

So what exactly is a detour? A detour can be a tour or activity that you can host personally. It can be a scenic kayak down your favourite waterway, a food tour of local farms and food producers, a surf lesson, or even a master class in baking the perfect Irish soda bread.

Travellers are looking for unique, fun and genuine activities worth writing home about. If you have an idea for a detour and aren't sure if it's detour worthy, please feel free to contact us for advice.

Got your idea? Now, sign-in to your account

All Detour Guide members can offer their own detour experiences. Simply sign-in to your account, and navigate to the 'My Detours' page. Click on 'Add Tour' and you'll be taken to the new tour wizard.

Choose a Name

Think of a short and descriptive name that gets your attention and clearly describes what guests will be doing. Limit 45 characters.

Examples:

Workshop to learn how to eat fire

Cycling day out

Fire eating in Hawaii

Cycling the Wicklow Way

Introduction

Give a brief introduction of your activity and a background to the area, location, and what makes this experience unique. What might guests expect to learn from this experience? Limit 750 characters.

Main description

Describe the itinerary and give a clear idea of what guests will actually be doing when they meet with you. Really paint a picture of what they’ll see and do, and how long the experience lasts for. Who is this experience geared towards? List any items guests need to bring with them, or dress a particular way.

Visitors appreciate learning about the area from a local person, so include more about you and your story. What are you passionate about? Use that passion and energy to describe what they will learn about.

Tagline

Super short sub-title that describes your detour activity. Limit 50 characters.

Languages

Select the languages you are fluent in, and feel comfortable speaking during an experience. If you don’t see a language on the list, please let us know and we will make sure to add it.

Time zone

Select the local timezone of where the experience will take place

Currency

Select the currency your ticket price should be listed in. If you don’t see your local currency, please let us know and we will make sure to add it.

Meeting Location

Include an address or cross street of where guests can meet you. Guests will receive this address in their new booking confirmation email. The general location will be displayed on the tour details page, and only shared with new bookings.

Categories

Select the categories relevant to your activity. This helps us get maximum exposure of your listing in front of the people who are more likely to book.

Tour Duration

How long does the experience last in minutes?

Minimum Notice

Select how far in advance can guests book a tour. This allows us to limit search results based on your preferences.

Guest Capacity

Here you can select if you accept group bookings. If so, you can set the minimum number of guests required to make a booking, and the maximum capacity so that you are never overbooked. If you do not accept group bookings, each booking will allow for one single ticket to be sold for that time slot.

Ticket Price Options

You can add up to 5 ticket options. To add a price option, you are asked for a ticket name, price, number of seats used, and if the price is per person or per group. You can also limit the number of these tickets available per booking. Make sure to add on 15% to cover the platform’s commission rate deducted before host payout.

Welcome Email to Guests

Customers will receive this message when they have made a successful new booking. You can include what they should prepare for, instructions for meeting up with you, or more about your activity. This message will appear on their booking confirmation email with instructions to bring with them on the day.

Main Activity Photo

Upload a high-resolution of your activity. This will serve as the main banner on the tour details page. The most effective photos include the actual activity in progress. If you don’t have a photo of previous guests, you could do a trial run of the activity with friends and take photos! Most of the problems we see with listings submitted for review are photo quality related. The default photo size is: 1250 x 500px

Preview & Submit for Review

Once you’ve uploaded a photo, you can click to ‘Save all changes’. This takes you back to the ‘My Detours’ view where you can Preview what your listing will look like. You can go back to ‘Manage Listing’ if you need to make changes. When you’re happy with your listing in Preview mode, click on ‘Submit for Review’. We’ll take it from there and review your listing for accuracy and quality. You’ll hear back from us within 48 hour with feedback and further instructions to set your detour live on the site.

Activation

Once activated, you’ll have access to set the availability of your detour. Listings will only display in search results when availability has been set.

In the next section you’ll learn how to setup your availability calendar.

Last updated 28 August 2018