To simplify, enrich, and maximize the travel experience to Europe.

The Story Behind Guidester

Jack Baumann
Founder of Guidester

As the birthplace of western civilization, Europe’s layered history leaves unique planning challenges for those wanting to explore a place in-depth. I learned this all too well through my years of living and traveling across Europe.

From London to Rome to Prague, it became clear that the process involved in modern travel planning has become increasingly time consuming and antiquated with far too many options to choose from.

As travelers we are forced to spend hours with Google searches, visit multiple sites, flip through paper guidebooks, comb through biased reviews, and look for recommendations on social media. The outdated modes of planning a trip to Europe cost hours of time, are not personal, and lack some key local insights.

In today’s fast-paced world, a better tool was needed to help the independent traveler succeed.

There are too many resources to sift through and not enough time to look at them all, often leaving travelers overwhelmed and missing out. I wanted to develop a better way to research and plan travel to Europe. I saw the need and set out to create a travel tool that removes all these challenges, making it easy for travelers to envision and experience their perfect travel experience. 

In October of 2014, I decided to create Guidester, a simple solution for planning vacations to Europe. We do the hard work for you, so you can focus on enjoying your time abroad.

To your travel enrichment,

- Jack

Can't Travel At the Moment? Take a Virtual Vacation

If you can’t travel to the destination at this very moment, we bring the destination to you.

Keep the flame of wanderlust alive with Guidester’s new “Virtual Vacation” experience!

During the pandemic I wanted to create a resource for all of us that were missing the feeling of adventure. Now that we can travel once again, I have decided to keep this free platform live in order to help inspire and educate your next adventure. 

Go on a virtual vacation from the comfort of your home –  watch video tours, explore museums and historic sites, browse popular places, learn about the local cuisine, play around with interactive maps, and begin planning your dream trip.