Even better, make them local.
But what about when you travel?
What does a local hero look like then?
Your local hero probably looks slightly different than what mine would be. And given that everyone has a unique perspective on what they are looking for when visiting a new city, its no wonder that most tours start beginning to feel a little generic.
And who says travel means finding cool people on the other side of the world? Your local here could be, well….local.
Either way, finding a local hero is now a lot easier. Search no further than Nomaders.
I recently had a chance to sit down with the founders of Nomaders, a team of guys who are passionate about traveling and sharing a new way to experience local places around the world. I wanted to meet them and understand what makes them unique.
As a travel blogger there are no shortage of travel sites and app developers that contact me to share about their projects. It is a crowded landscape of companies trying to promote their products and services. There are some really good folks out there, but there are also a lot of bad ones too.
When I began learning about what Nomaders’ guiding principles are and what they are trying to do in this space, I became a believer. When I met the founders I was sold.
Nomaders really is trying to do something different.
Their local heroes are not a group of locals that Nomaders is turning into tour guides. Their local heroes are just people inviting you into their daily life. They give you a peek into what locals know. What locals do.
They are the anti-experience. They aren’t looking for “authentic.” They are looking for normal.
And I love it!
It is why I started the San Francisco Profiles series. San Francisco is such an amazing city. More than Alcatraz and Fisherman’s Wharf. It is the Mission, the Haight, Sunset.
I want to have duck sliders at Maven with Anthony and discuss what it is like to live down the block from Haight-Ashbury. I want to go to Tal-Y-Tara Tea & Polo Shoppe with Jackie and talk about her favorite Richmond District dim sum spots over tea sandwiches and scones.
These are my kind of local heroes and they should be celebrated.
And with Nomaders, now they are! Locals all over the globe, from Barcelona to Tokyo to San Francisco and beyond are becoming local heroes. They are sharing their city with others. You don’t have to be a blogger or a social media super star. Just someone who likes to meet new people and is willing to answer questions about where you live.
It can be over coffee, or a beer. Or a bike ride. Or a hike. It can even be just answering questions via email.
The point is: if you are passionate about where you live, you are a local hero.
It is something that I strongly believe in. So much so that I am probably going to be mentioning these guys often. I have become a local hero and I am going to be spending time with others.
When I think of Newport News, I think of eating Korean dumplings with Katie and learning what it’s like to explore colonial Williamsburg and I think that she would be an amazing local hero.
What about you? Do you like to meet people and share your city with others?
If so, consider becoming a local hero! If not, next time you are going to visit someplace new, try to find a local hero to meet and learn from – it’s FREE. These aren’t paid tours – this is locals passionate about where they live.
[All photos except for the pizza girls are from my friends at Death to Stock Photo - love these guys!]