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Meet a Local

When visiting a city for the first time a great way to spend a couple of hours on your first afternoon is to meet up with a local. There are many ways to do this, such as looking at companies like ‘Get Your Guide’ who offer this experience in most cities around the world. Choose your city and how many hours you’d like to spend with a local, a typical hourly rate is around £20.

Some locals offer bespoke experiences based on your likes and dislikes, others offer a more general introductory to the city.

Generally you’ll meet the local at an agreed place or your hotel and they will take you on a walking tour, show you some of the main attractions and tell you about the history and customs of their city. Perhaps you’ll even sit down and have a coffee with them.

There are other websites that specifically match you with a local where you can arrange a specific activity, such as a hiking tour.

If meeting a local is too personal for you there are other options which are perhaps not so daunting. Some cities have running clubs specially aimed at tourists, not only is this a great way to see the city, it’s also a way of keeping fit at the same time.

You’ll also find organised pub crawls, or food evenings that you can book in advance on sites like ‘Get Your Guide’. These are often run by locals and are conducted in small groups. This offers a good chance to get to know more about the city and possibly make new friends.

Below is a small example of organised tours in just a few European countries to give you an idea of what’s on offer. But we’d like to hear about your experiences and the difference ways in which you have met up with locals during your travels.

See some of the tours available below to book a Local Friend

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