Who doesn’t enjoy participating in the cliche, touristy stuff when stepping foot in a new city? If you are telling yourself you don’t, you’re lying. I mean, you go to Paris for the first time, you see the Eiffel Tower. You have to!
The difference however is . . .
How you experience those touristy things. That is where companies like Local Guddy come in to play.
Raise your hand if you have ever had to play tour guide to visitors in your hometown? I could imagine the valuable insight you gave to your visitors seeing as you are a local and should hopefully know more than what a simple Google Search can provide.
On the other hand you may want to experience something below the surface. I’m talking about exploring the local way of life. But where do you start? And how do you know what you’re getting is the truth?
Now raise your hand if you have visited friends and family and made them show you around? How insightful was that experience? Most likely because their deeper understanding of what’s really happening in their city made the trip 10x’s more enjoyable.
Well that is exactly what Local Guddy Provides.
I recently had the pleasure of joining one of their tours in Viva Las Vegas. But before I get into the details of my review, let me rewind and discuss who Local Guddy is, how it all works, and how you can easily book a guide on your next trip.
Who is Local Guddy
Local Guddy is a “marketplace platform that connects travelers and locals through unique local tours and experiences”.
They are the solution to anyone who:
Recently arrived in a new city and not sure what to do.
Are traveling alone and looking to make new friends.
On a budget and does not want to spend a ton of money on over-hyped tour companies.
Want to experience the “must-see’s” without falling into tourist traps!
If any of this sounds like your travel situation, then booking a tour with Local Guddy is a must!
So How Does it All Work?
First and foremost, you need to pick your destination. A simple search on their site will result in an array of local travel guides offering a broad range of tours.
Next, you need to decide your Guddy Type. Are you a Local Guddy, Food Walker, Pub Crawler, or Hommey Chef type?
“Shows you the city with its all the hidden spots, views, gardens and must see places”. This is perfect for anyone who is in a new city for the first time and wants to see all the hot spots by an honest tour guide.
“Shows the best places in the city to taste local foods in several hours”. When I travel with my boyfriend, the last thing we want to decide on is where to eat. This tour is perfect for anyone who wants good food without having to think about where to look for it.
“Shows the nightlife of the city with its best pubs and clubs”. A sure way to make tons of friends! This is actually the tour is did in Las Vegas (I know you’re shocked) and it was a great time. In big cities especially, it gets so overwhelming trying to figure out where “the scene” is. A Pub Crawler tour with Local Guddy is going to take you straight into the action.
“Cooks homemade local foods at home and host travelers for a dinner or a breakfast”. It doesn’t get more authentic than stepping into a local’s private home for a delicious meal. In my opinion, the most intimate and unique way to make local friends.
How do I Book a Guide?
Booking a tour on their website is extremely user friendly. Once you type in your destination, your results will show all the different tours, length of time, cost, and even reviews.
When you find a tour that appeals to your Guddy Type, click on “see details” to for more information such as: preferred meeting point, preferred meeting time, who the tour is suitable for (i.e kids, pets, etc.), what the tour offers, and more.
To start the booking process, you will need to enter a date, number of travelers, and any additional questions you have for your tour guide. Once your information is filled out, select “ask availability”.
The tour guide is then notified of your request and from there accepts or denies. Once accepted you will be notified via email where payment would then be required.
Does it get any better than this?
Why yes, YES it does!
Local Guddy makes it easy for people like you and me to become tour guides. A great way to make extra cash, especially for those with a passion for travel! You get to meet people and be the person that made their trip unforgettable. Talk about circle of travel life!
Did I mention you are in COMPLETE control of designing your tours and setting your price.
Learn more about becoming a Local Guddy here.
What are your opinions of Local Guddy? Would you book a tour on your next trip? Share in the comments below!