Poor them... Fortunately, I am two lost passports down and will be lucky if I can navigate myself out of the UK at all. But, before you all feel sorry for me, lest we forget that I am at home in one of the greatest capitals in the world. And as I approach my first anniversary as a resident here I can assure you that there is plenty more for me to discover.
Whilst in an effort to save my pals from their dire struggles with city guides I stumbled across community-driven travel platform trip4real. Trip4real houses a network of experienced locals offering you bespoke activities and tours chosen by them within their city. Is there a better way of ensuring an authentic experience than through the eyes of someone who lives there?
No. So, I began to think. Not only is this start-up great for travelers but also for city newbies like myself! If someone had shown me this site when I had first moved to the capital then perhaps my Dad needn't have sent me text messages with embedded maps and links to websites like 'Speed Dating for Friends' and 'How to Feel at Home in London'.
I can use trip4real to dine with fellow foodies at pop up supper clubs, drink fine ales with local brewers, visit the Tate with an artist or be shown around markets by an experience haggler in Paris!
The thing I like is that anyone with a clever idea and bone for hosting can become a local guide. Which means you could turn that passion for Sunday brunching or vintage shopping into a profitable side gig by curating an outing for people to book while in London! From the wow tours to the simple social meetups, there’s a place for any and all of us looking to connect with locals during our travels or meet new people visiting our hometown.
The site offers over 4000 out of the ordinary things to do London, Paris, Lisbon, Rome and all of Spain. There's something for just about everyone and with a team of about 25,000 users it seems like an exciting new way to share interests, earn money and maybe even make friends. Like a platonic dating app for like-minded people!
Vermouth tasting and bodega hopping with a hot Spaniard sounds alright to me!
So, whether you're going to Barcelona or staying in Britain, check out what's on offer at trip4real and sign-up to become a local too! You could get paid to show someone like me the city through your eyes. Who knows, we may even become friends.