What are we all about?

The process of choosing what and what not to see while traveling in a foreign place can be headache-inducing. Seeing your options in high-quality, all encompassing pictures can save you precious vacation time and tell you what to avoid. But remember, nothing compares to seeing these wonderful places in person!

We've sent our photographers to catalog several "places to see" from several cities in Europe but we're not the sole source. We also rely on user-submitted pictures which allows us to better catalog the places we missed.

Who are we?

Go By Seeing emerged as an idea stemming from the lack of quality photos presenting different aspects of attractions in Europe. A picture of the outside facade of the Eiffel Tower can be amazing but there's more to see (the top of the tower, around the tower, etc.).

Many travel websites do an amazing job of connecting travelers, sharing stories/reviews, but focus more on the written exchange. Many picture libraries are user contributed without a review for quality of the pictures themselves. This leads to wasted time skimming pictures that are repetitive or feature people rather than the attraction. Check out Trip Advisor's user picture library on the Eiffel Tower...there are currently 4,380 pictures (as of November 8th, 2012). If you spent 2 seconds looking at each pictures, it would take 2 hours and 26 minutes.

What's our philosophy?

Our philosophy is based on the opinion that the best way to decide what to visit in Europe is by seeing them in pictures before you even set foot on the continent. This doesn't mean just the outside facade but what's around it, inside it, essentially what you should expect to see if you decided to visit it.

The written word, however, is still king and using travel websites that connect users by sharing reviews are phenominally helpful. Using Go By Seeing can be an excellent companion to these sites.

If travel boils down to any constricting factor...it's time. Whether you're recently graduating from school or taking time off work, it's likely that you only have a few days in a city to tour the sights and you certainly don't want to waste them on places that aren't worth it. Reading about them can be helpful but leaves it the imagination. This is where a comprehensive picture library becomes very useful.

Where do the pictures come from?

All pictures on the site are derived from 2 sources: Go By Seeing and Users.

1. Go By Seeing - A proportion of the photos displayed are those taken by Go By Seeing.

2. Users - The primary source of pictures are from users. Everybody has the ability to take great pictures and most of our users are casual travelers with no photography background. In general, if you think your pictures are studly looking, send them in!

The Goal

Our working goal is to selectively collect a variety of pictures that give a well-rounded representation of different "Places to See" in Europe. If the city of Paris has 100 tourist-worthy attractions, we want enough pictures that when viewed online give the user a good sense of what they might see.

That said, every place is different. Attractions are different. They can be a museum, a building, a statue, a street and therefore can be big, small, tall, funny, exhausting, exhilarating, unsatisfying. Enough is when these feelings are accurately represented which means that one place may need 200 pictures to be enough but another may need only 10.

Besides our working goal, our primary goal is to help people visiting Europe choose "Places to See" that are worthwhile, not duds. Who wants to waste previous vacation time at a dump? And hopefully users leave feeling genuiely excited about what they're about to see on their amazing vacation.

The Future

On the agenda are plans to eventually create a system allowing for the licensing of pictures to 3rd party sites. Pictures taken by Go By Seeing and by users may be licensed with revenue generated distributed according to a percentage which has yet to be determined. In this way, uploading your pictures now may potentially lead to money in your pockets in the future. Stay tuned for developments in the future. Notice: This mention of licensing pictures and revenue-sharing is not a guarantee, only a mention of possible future plans.