We recently came across the website & app Spotted by Locals. They publish alternative and original city guides for 66 cities in Europe & North America. What makes them unique, is that each city blog and 100% offline mobile app for iPhone and Android is created by a hand-picked community of local writers and photographers. Known as Spotters to help tourists Experience Cities Like A Local.
The spotters live in the city they write about, speak the local language, write only about their favorite spots and keep their tips up-to-date.
Experience Cities Like A Local
Spotted by Locals was founded by wife and husband entrepreneurs Sanne and Bart van Poll, who got frustrated by using travel guidebooks on their city breaks. The outdated paperbacks brought them to touristy highlights, last year’s nightlife venues, and defunct spots that no longer existed. The Amsterdam-based duo finally got their trip back on track when, on a city break, they stumbled upon the personal blog of a local who wrote about his favorite spots in the city.
As two travel addicts, Sanne and Bart saw the need to replace traditionalist, conformist travel recommendations with insider tips by locals, for travelers who want to experience cities like a local. Halfway between practical and idealistic, Sanne and Bart made the radical decision to quit their jobs, pack their old but trustworthy Opel Astra and venture across Europe for six months to start Spotted by Locals.
Spotted by Locals began as an Amsterdam city blog written by locals called Spotters. Spotters live in the city they write about, speak the local language, write only about their favorite spots and keep their recommendations up-to-date. Since 2008, Spotted by Locals has expanded rapidly – first from Amsterdam to Zurich in Europe, and then from coast to coast in America. There are now 66 city guides across North America, Europe and the Middle East. Every Spotter is handpicked by Sanne and Bart, who still lead a nomadic life traveling up to six months a year to meet each of the 380 city-loving locals at their favorite spots around the world. It’s a lively community. The Spotters love to meet up with each other and every 2 years the owners organize a weekend for all Spotters.
Spotters Weekend Athens 2016
Sanne, Bart and the Spotters worldwide share the local culture and habits of each city. They believe that expanding the worldview of travelers by allowing them to see from a local’s perspective can increase intercultural understanding, which helps make the world a better place.