Talk to a Local connects passionate travelers with knowledgeable local experts to help plan for upcoming trips.
The service costs $20 per planning call, up to one hour, with a Local.
If you are traveling soon and would like to get connected with a Local, enter your destination above to get started!
1. Select the destination you plan to visit
2. Choose a Local based on your interests
3. Chat with your Local on a one-hour call
4. Receive a follow up recapping the call
Talk to a Local has been key for planning our trip to Kazakhstan. When you travel to such a huge and less-known country, Talk to a Local it’s truly your game changer Local experience at its best! Thank you TL!
I would highly recommend as it can be so handy and is a great way to understand more about the culture and have local tips. I will definitely use it again and again and also recommend to friends and family.
Shaza was great to talk to. After chatting with her, she followed up with me on my points of interest and helped me to come up with a loose plan for my 4 day stay in Istanbul. Highly recommended chatting with her if you get a chance.
How are Locals selected?
The team conducts a screening call with each prospective Local to ensure that they are knowledgeable about their respective cities and are personable and excited to share that knowledge with others. All Locals have lived in the city they are representing for at least one year. When possible, we seek Locals with previous tourism experience. Ongoing training and feedback from other Travelers ensures that the Locals are always professional and prepared to help you plan your trip.
How do I become a Local?
If you would like to apply to represent your city as a Local, please fill out the survey at this link and we will be in touch with the next steps. To apply, all prospective Locals must be 18 or older, speak fluent English, currently live in the city they want to represent, and have lived there for at least one year.
What cities are in the Talk to a Local network?
Check out the map above to see the cities we currently serve. If the city you are visiting is not currently in the network, simply select "Don't see your city? Click here!" from the drop down list on the sign up form and we will work to match you with a suitable Local based on your interests.
How do I know the Local will be knowledgable about the topics I am interested in?
One of the benefits of using Talk to a Local is the connection to someone who shares similar interests so you receive relevant, personalized recommendations. Check out the list of Locals in the city you are planning to visit and discover their background and interests by selecting the city from the drop down list on the sign up form.
What if none of the Locals in a particular city seem compatible with my interests?
As Talk to a Local is a new service, many of the cities we serve currently only have one or two available Locals. If you do not see a Local in the city you are visiting that matches your interests or personality, let us know using the contact form below and we will work to connect you with a more compatible Local.
Do the international Locals speak English fluently?
Yes, all Locals speak fluent English that is easily understood on a phone call. This is one criteria we look for on the screening calls with prospective Locals to ensure all Locals are able to to clearly communicate ideas and recommendations to Travelers.
What should I do to prepare for a call with a Local?
Talk to a Local takes much of the work out of planning for a trip; however, it is helpful to be prepared with questions and ideas before your call with a Local. Before the call we will send you a list of potential questions to ask. We recommend that you come to the call with some ideas on what you would like to do or see in the city so the Local can provide more specific recommendations and you can make the call as meaningful as possible.
Are all the Locals originally from the city they are representing?
No, not all of the Locals are originally from the city they are representing. You could talk to an American living in Paris or an Australian living in London. However, all of the Locals currently live in the city and have lived there for at least one year.