Archive of ‘ Local travel ’
‘Stolen Bansky’: from north London to Miami
1 response - Posted 02.23.13

  When I moved back to north London last summer, I noticed a new sign had appeared by the exit of my nearest underground station. Scrawled on a white board, tube station staff had written directions for those who wanted to find their way to the area’s new – and only – Bansky mural: a […]

People-to-People: pre-internet Couchsurfing
no responses - Posted 10.16.12

Over the last couple of months, I turned detective. I long had the idea to re-visit Jim Haynes’s fantastic People-to-People series from the early 1990s and, finally, this summer I was in Europe with time to take on a new project. “Why do you have a little book about Poland in your hand?” my editor […]

How ‘local’ became travel’s biggest buzzword
no responses - Posted 10.04.12

A few months ago, I stood behind a group of 15 or more tourists waiting for the cable car to the top of one of Rio de Janeiro’s most popular attractions, Sugar Loaf mountain. The group was mostly from the US and UK, with the average age probably around 19. An American girl was leading […]

AirBnB buys Crashpadder
no responses - Posted 03.22.12

The growth of AirBnB from Jan 2011 to Jan 2012 “Untold thanks to our incredible community. It’s been emotional. @airbnb, it’s over to you..” So read the last tweet of the UK’s biggest peer-to-peer accommodation site, Crashpadder. And that’s it. Over and out. They’ve sold up to ever-hungry AirBnB for an undisclosed sum. “As part […]

Going Local is ‘hot’
5 responses - Posted 03.09.12

Elle Magazine has named as number three on its ‘hot list’ of ten websites that explore new trends in tourism, namely looking at ways travellers can stay in the homes of locals and bypass the traditional hotel.

Couchsurfing with the Icelandic President?
no responses - Posted 10.12.11

Inspired by Iceland Invitations from Inspired By Iceland on Vimeo. Icelanders are opening their homes to visitors, as part of a new tourism campaign — and leading the way is the country’s president. Watch this video above. It appears to be an invite around to the presidency for pancakes. Who’s up for paying him a […]

How 9/11 sparked a local travel site
no responses - Posted 09.11.11

Today is the 10th anniversary of 9/11. With all the commemorations, tie-ins and, in some cases, blatant profiteering (fancy some 9/11 memorial wine priced at $19.11? ), I don’t think many people have failed to pick up on this. As midnight approaches, most of us have reached overload. Nonetheless, the following email sent out by […]

Local knowledge is not all that
9 responses - Posted 04.11.11

“Locals don’t always know best” is the headline of a fair post by blogger Candice Walsh. She talks about the downside of local knowledge, ie that hanging out with someone who lives in a place isn’t always a free pass into an all inter-circle of incredible secrets, you can get your fair share of dud […]

It’s hip to be local
5 responses - Posted 03.29.11

Here it is proof that “going local” is fashionable. I spotted this “I love locals” t-shirt being worn by someone on the streets of a hip* part of Buenos Aires last week.

Local guides’ leap of fame
no responses - Posted 03.22.11

A few months back I was on the judging panel for two Leap Local competitions: best local guide and best travel writer. Not long after the winners were announced, an email landed in my inbox. “GOOOD NEEEWWWSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” read the subject line. It had been forward from a rather excited tour guide in Kyrgyzstan. His win […]


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