Wander-Lust is all for getting the local experience whilst traveling. We are happy to say that more and more companies are seeing the advantage of this and play into the needs of travelers.
There are a few new (and older) companies out there that are focusing on the local experience and we would love to share them with you!
1. Yays Amsterdam
This company offers travelers to stay in their beautiful boutique apartments just outside the city center of Amsterdam. This way you can really experience Amsterdam like a true local!
All apartments are settled in old historic buildings in exiting areas throughout the city. And when we say apartments, we mean apartments! There’s a fully equipped kitchen, livingroom, bathroom and of course a lovely bedroom. This way you can feel really at home.
Every property has it’s own neighborhood concierge who knows the area inside out so you have first hand tips about where you should go during the day and night.
At the moment Yays is only operating in Amsterdam but rest assured they will grow rapidly and extend.
You can find Yays apartments at the Bickersgracht, Oostenburgergracht en Zoutkeetsgracht.
Favoroute is a fresh new website where you, the traveler, can design your own travel guides. I’m sure that you look at different travel websites to find tips and city guides, but not every guide may suit your needs. Favoroute has locals all over the world that design travel guides and you can add these to your favorite list.
And guess what; we have designed a travel guide on Favoroute! Our guide is called: Explore London like a local. (how fitting right?) They also have an app so that you can see your guide offline whilst traveling. Super handy!
Trip4real is a website where you can get a tour or experience from a local in the city you visit. Experiences, which in another way, they could never live because in tourist guides they simply do not appear. This way, you experience a city in a completely different way. The local way! As a local, you can add your own tour and if it’s approved, you will be listed as a local tourguide on the website and this way you can earn some extra cash!
I tested the concept out and went on an organised tour called: The Streetart Tour in Amsterdam. The tour started at an art gallery and was guided by a true born and raised local named Alex. He knew everything about street art and graffiti. We walked around the city for about 3 hours and I was amazed by all the stories he told us. I’ve been living in Amsterdam for at least 7 years now but during this tour, I discovered so much I didn’t know! I even found some secret alleys I had never seen before. Check the tour here.
The most authentic experiences are not in guides, but in people
Discovering Street Art in Amsterdam with trip4real.
4. BlaBla Car
They’ve been around for a while but their app has improved a lot since then. Carpooling done clever.
Available world widely now, you can hitch a ride with a stranger who has an empty seat available.
You pay half the gas tank from where you get in until you get off and you get a cheap ride to..where ever!
The app is available on IOS & Android.
Check their website here.
5. With Locals
This is a company that truly connects locals to visitors and the other way around. Just select the country where you’re going to be and pick a local that will take you for a walk in the jungle, enjoy a home cooked Thai meal or learn about the famous landmarks of Italy. Their mission is to connect people and cultures through food and unique experiences. You can sign up as a host or traveler and book an experience at a fair price. Good for you and for the local community!
It’s widely available in 13 countries (including The Netherlands) and covers most of south east Asia. I will check it out when I’m in the Philippines this year!
We have written about this great concept before. Nightswapping is like Airbnb but here you trade/exchange nights instead of paying for it.
How does it work? check out our blogpost.
Let us know what your true local experience was!