Back in July I interviewed Your Local Cousin about their service providing local advice to travelers. I’ve recently run across some other similar trip planning, travel advice and peer to peer tour services. As always, you can find these and many other similar businesses in my spreadsheet of sharing economy travel services.
Interestingly, before I could get this post up, one of the local advice businesses closed shop: Exploring provided travel advice from “experts” (such as professional travel writers) in a curated peer-to-peer marketplace for trip planning help. Their website now has this message: “We loved connecting travelers with travel writers and other experts to plan their vacations. But, we just couldn’t make the business work in a way that we thought would be helpful to customers, beneficial to experts while sustaining a viable, long-term business.” I do like the idea of getting advice from locals through this peer-to-peer model so I hope Your Local Cousin, and others in this space, have more success.
Tripbod is a marketplace for travel advice, connecting travelers with locals. They were acquired by TripAdvisor in 2014.
Another interesting advice-related business is Agentika, a Russian based business launched in 2015 that provides a platform for travelers to offer advice and information to other travelers. The site includes a travel planner so you can create itineraries based on information you find, and a payment system that will compensate the advisors for the information they provide.
I see a lot of new peer-to-peer tour businesses opening in Asia. This makes sense as the market isn’t saturated with formal tours, and there are a lot of travelers taking advantage of the cheap prices in the region and many locals who don’t have the access to technology to just offer their own tour services without a peer-to-peer website middle-person.
Lastly, I want to mention another addition to the peer-to-peer tour businesses in Europe. I just recently discovered Guide Like You, a French company that is connecting travelers with locals for tours and activities in Europe.
The site is still a little rough around the edges, but it has a decent number of listings, especially in France. You can find all the peer to peer tour companies in my spreadsheet, just filter on the “Activities” category.