Saturday, April 17, 2010

Shake Your Money Maker

Have I told you about my million dollar idea? I want to set up a service where regular tax bracket folks can purchase a New York City travel support package custom designed for them. You can get written instruction plus web site access, you could add e-mail support, you could add phone & text access to tour supporters. All packages include a "welcome meeting" with a tour supporter to go over your written instruction and the web site.

Today I did my level best to make the dreams of approximately 24 one day field trippers from New England com true. I showed them Central Park, a real New York deli, David Letterman's marquee & Times Square. 24 people through Saturday crowds and we made it back to their bus in plenty of time. It wasn't perfect, we had glitches of course, but all in all I think we did pretty well. I taught them to jay walk!

OK, so I probably won't publicize that last lesson.

This wasn't for money, it was a trip for which a friend was one of the chaperones. I was allowed to tag along to an author talk and a beautiful Broadway show with the incomparable Kristin Chenoweth. I didn't have to take any sort of responsibility or steer the ship at all but it was a great way to test my abilities and my motivation for this crazy scheme to help others love New York as much as I do. 

So, here's an idle question. Would you purchase such a service and if so, what sort of pricing would seem fair to you?


  1. I've been to New York twice. The first time was on a tour (4 Broadway shows in 5 days), the second time we did much of the same on our own (5 Broadway shows in 4 days). I would love to get some kind of direction on new sights to see the next time... so yes, I would pay for it, especially if it led me to Kristen Chenoweth! But pricewise? I have no idea.

  2. The idea of being guided around a city by someone who lives - and loves it - there is fantastic. (I bring friends to Boston, but I don't know the city as intimately as I would like, seeing as I don't actually live there).

    Pricing is tricky; it'd have to be scaled depending on what services the customer opts for. I will say, though, if they're getting personalized, in-person tour guiding, it should be somewhere in the neighborhood of $200/day. I'd pay that, both for the company and the enthusiasm of someone who really wants me to love their city as much as they do.

  3. not only would I purchase it, I would publicize the bejesus out of it. I'd pay whatever cost as well. you are a brilliant person for this. so patient and knowledgeable!!!