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Independent travel Connections

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Shakya-Cherry-Donaldson

It’s not always easy making connections with local people in your travel destinations, especially in big cities in foreign countries, but don’t be intimidated. The Web is ready to help you link up with proud, friendly locals just about anywhere in the world. These sites can get you started.

GUIDES AND GREETERS

In cities around the world, you’ll find guides, both professionals and even better, volunteers, who will spend a few hours or a day with you, showing you the place they call home. The volunteer guides often do what they do at no charge.

Beoo
Global Greeter Network
Guided by a Local
Big Apple Greeters (New York)
Japan tour guides (professional and volunteer)
Tokyo Free Guides
Korea Free Goodwill Guides
YowTrip

MEET OTHER TRAVELERS

If your time and travel plans are flexible, meeting other travelers exploring your destination can be as enjoyable — and beneficial — as hooking up with local residents. And who says you can’t do both?

Meet Travelers
Travelers for Travelers
Trippal
Travel Meeetup Groups

SOCIAL DINING

Want to break the ice with some fun and knowledgeable locals? Try breaking bread with them.

WORLDWIDE
BonAppetour
BlendAbout
Dine With Locals
EatWith
Eat With a Local
the Ghetto Gourmet
MealSharing

EUROPE
Cookening (Paris)
HomeFood (Italy)
Inspired by Iceland

AMERICAS
Feastly (United States)
Adentro Dinner Club
(Argentina)

ASIA/PACIFIC
Nagomi Visit (Japan)
Plate Culture (Southeast Asia)
Traveling Spoon

WALKING TOURS

There’s no better way to get a feel for a city than to walk it, especially in the company of friendly local guides who want you to show the place they love, and why they love it.

San Francisco City Guides

LODGING WITH LOCALS
Skipping the hotelm/motel scene in favor of staying in a local home or apartment has two big pluses. One, it’s often a lot cheaper. And two, it gets you out of commercial zones and into local neighborhoods, where you see firsthand how folks really live. Local flavor, real cheap.

Couchsurfing
Airbnb
Tripping

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