• Local Tips

    Do you have what it takes to be a Local Friend?

    Local Friends come from very distinct backgrounds. You don’t need a degree to be a Friend but we do look for some attributes to make sure our friends are always going to be the best possible hosts! As a local friend, we expect you too: 1. Have a flexible schedule Most of our friends are freelancers or flex workers who can make time to welcome visitors during their work week. You must be available and reliable if you wish to be a Friend. 2. Enjoy travelling and making new friends We are a travel website and our Friends are open minded people who love to travel. If you share our…

  • Local Tips

    How to be a Local Friend

    What if your best friend came to the town, where would you take them, what would you show them, what experiences would you offer? Being a local friend is about being a great host and making sure your visitors have the best ever time in your city. Here we have listed some useful tips on how to be a great Local Friend: It all starts from understanding what your visitors want. Chat to them before you confirm the booking. Make a list of suggestions, authentic spots, your favourite local hangouts, and original photo spots. Understand your visitor’s tastes and background. Are they into museums, bars, nature? Do they have any…

  • Local Tips,  New York

    Exploring NYC with an Experience Curator

    Our Local Friend Fernanda, from Behind The Scenes NYC, was out in New York with Experience Curator, Andrew Chen. Andrew was born in Taipei, Taiwan. He has lived and studied in major international cities between Taipei, Shanghai, Paris, London, before moving to New York. He has built a solid background in luxury and fashion throughout his career in LVMH, Bergdorf Goodman, Gilt Groupe and Issey Miyake before he founded “My Inspire Project”, a platform specialised in Experiential Marketing, Digital Strategy and Content Generation. In this video he shares 5 of his favourite local tips from NYC: #1 Jia Lounge #2 Café Medi #3 David Lewis Galler #4 Agern #5 The Apartment by…

  • Local Tips,  Rio de Janeiro

    Ruins with stunning views, theatre and music in Rio

    Rio de Janeiro is definitely a must-see stop when coming to Brazil. But with so many options (and too many visitors everywhere!), is there a special local place that is not so much on the touristic track? Our local friend, Mariana Zurc, tells us today about one of her favourite places in town. An actress and Drama teacher, graduated from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro State, she also teaches people recipes on a Youtube Channel, Tudo Gostoso, where the viewers can see her hands preparing the most tasty stuff ever!

  • Rio de Janeiro,  Travel Stories

    Best cappuccino ever!

    “Local Friend Emma is simply the best! My wife, Jean, and I visited Rio de Janeiro via cruise ship in February, 2018. We decided not to purchase the ship one day bus tour which was very expensive and would require touring in a bus with 60 other fellow passengers. We opted for a customized, private tour of Rio using “Rent a Local Friend” as our personal guide. We selected Emma Platais who Has a Brazilian Father and American Mother. Emma speaks perfect English and is a font of knowledge when it comes to Rio. We contacted each other via email prior to the cruise and requested a one day itinerary…

  • Lisbon,  Our Friends

    Lisbon by Andreia

    Our destination today is the new European creative hub: Lisbon. Considered “the new Berlin” and “the Silicon Valley of Europe, the capital of Portugal has fallen into the radar of the young people looking for a beautiful location, great weather, amazing food, friendly population, cheap cost of living and cozy atmosphere. Andreia is one of our oldest local friends there, and has been showing visitors around for a few years now. An experienced traveler and a local full of sensitive insights, she’s a Landscape Architect and Urban Designer who was born in the Alentejo, Southern Portugal, but calls Lisbon home: 1. What makes your city unique? Every city is unique. Lisbon has…

  • Brasilia,  Local Tips

    A true local spot in Brasilia

    Our destination today is Brasília, the capital of Brazil. Local friend Maira shows us one of her favorite places in town and tell us more about why it is special to her and what to expect when you visit: PONTÃO DO LAGO SUL It is a beautiful place with a breathtaking view of Lake Paranoá, located just a 10 minutes drive away from the pilot road bus station, in the South Lake region, circled by Lake Paranoá. Currently it features six restaurants, including seafood, Japanese food and a bar with several strip tastes. They usually have an average price – not cheap, but worth it: it is possible to have a 500ml açaí…