Media Release

16 February 2018


New travel app Roamni, an audio tour platform that connects travellers with local tours and stories at an affordable price, is calling for Melburnians to help build its database of compelling local stories.

Designed and created in Melbourne, Roamni is set to change the way people travel by enabling visitors to go beyond the usual guidebooks and get real life insights into a destination thanks to its database of stories told by locals in the know.

According to creators Greg Curcio and Jason Fabbri, Roamni was created as a way for people to share their stories and experiences of a destination, resulting in a unique insiders audio guide.

“Through our own personal experiences of feeling disconnected from a city and its people due to cookie cutter tours, we saw a gap in the market for sharing personal stories and experiences that allow visitors to experience the locals guide to a city. The places locals go to eat, drink and play that may not always be in the guidebooks,” said Mr Curcio.

“We believe in the power of storytelling as a way to understand culture and history at a local level so we created Roamni as a 24/7 tour guide visitors can access for the fraction of the cost of a standard walking tour. It’s also a great way to preserve experiences and stories for future generations to come,” he said.

“We also see virtual empathy as a trend that is becomingly increasingly popular. Immersive experiences such as personalised tours delivered through a technology such as Roamni, help to increase empathy by allowing visitors to see the world through foreign and unfamiliar eyes,” said Mr Fabbri.

With the aim of building Roamni’s database of stories, its creators are calling for Melburnians to share their city’s story and get paid for it. They’re looking for interesting stories from locals that might include insider tips on where to get the best cold drip coffee, the best place to grab brunch or where to find the best vintage clothes.

“The other great thing about this app, is that it gives storytellers the opportunity to earn a passive income. They simply need to upload their story, then wait for visitors to download it. The more popular the story, the more potential you have to earn,” said Mr Fabbri.

A number of Melbourne identities have already created their own Roamni stories including media personality Bree Laughlin who takes listeners on a tour of her vibrant Richmond neighbourhood, while the creative brains behind botanical design studio Loose Leaf, Wona Bae and Charlie Lawler take visitors on a journey through their favourite Collingwood design stores, coffee shops, cafés and bars.

Locals interested in becoming involved simply need to download Roamni from the Apple App Store and record and upload their personal story or travel guide. It will then be available, for a small fee, by anyone wanting to experience an insiders guide to the city.

Roamni has been made possible thanks to the support provided by RMIT Activator – an initiative that helps current students, staff and researchers grow successful start-up ventures.

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ABOUT ROAMNI: Created by digital innovators, Greg Curcio and Jason Fabbri, Roamni is an audio tour app for locals and travellers designed to capture and share the world’s best local stories. Tours are currently available for download on Apple iTunes (App store) and uploaders can set their price, either free, or $1.99 to $6.99 per podcast.