Spotted by Locals travel guide 12+
Discover cities like a local!
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Meet Spotted by Locals - the travel app that helps you experience cities like a local and discover hidden gems. Try our app now!
Meet Spotted by Locals - the travel app that helps you experience cities like a local and discover hidden gems. With insider tips from our handpicked locals and a commitment to sustainable travel, our app is your guide to exploring cities off the beaten path. Say goodbye to tourist traps and hello to authentic experiences - download Spotted by Locals now!
- Discover 82 cities like a local
- Save your favourites
- Up-to-date articles
- Easy navigation
- Get to know our Spotters and their recommendations
Overtourism is a growing problem in many cities worldwide, causing negative impacts on local communities and the environment. At Spotted by Locals, we are committed to reducing these impacts and encouraging sustainable travel. By providing travellers with insider knowledge and encouraging them to explore lesser-known areas, we can help distribute tourism more evenly and support local businesses and communities. How do we do that?
- Responsible: writers (Spotters) are locals who live in the city, speak the local language and love their city. Spotters are not allowed to write about obvious tourist spots and international franchises. This increases the chance that the travel budget ends up with the local entrepreneur.
- Personal: Spotters are presented with their real names, social media channels, pictures, and motivation.
So why stick to the usual tourist itineraries when you can experience a city like a local? With our app, you'll have access to local curated recommendations, helping you avoid crowded tourist spots and discover hidden gems that make each city unique. Whether you're looking for the best local restaurants, hidden parks, or off-the-beaten-path museums, Spotted by Locals has you covered.
So why wait? Download Spotted by Locals now and start exploring the world like a local! Experience the authentic side of each city and discover hidden gems that will make your trip unforgettable.
Do you have any feedback regarding Spotted by Locals? Please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. Are you missing a city on our list? Email us at email@example.com.
In this version, we’ve made it easier to restore purchases. Additionally, we’ve adjusted the sorting of cities to make it more user-friendly. And last but not least, we’ve optimised our maps and navigation to make exploring even more seamless. Download the latest version now to experience these improvements for yourself!
Ratings and Reviews
South Seattle Doesn’t Exist
Imagine my disappointment, $3.99 for an App that reviews less than half of Seattle. If it’s South of I-90, there’s virtually no reviews. Undoubtedly the Northern half is the easy pickings for reviewers, but what about the rest of the city? There’s all sorts of great & quirky places around Seatac, Georgetown and Black Diamond, to name a few. Nearby small towns like Enumclaw-a mini Telluride- go completely ignored.
It’s lazy reporting, and it’s dishonest to charge for an App that is only focused on one small part of the city. There’s a lot more to Seattle than what’s in Spotted By.
Developer Response ,
Dear Ted, you're absolutely right and we're sorry about this. Our locals write about their favorite spots, and probably most of them are located in the North. 2 new Spotters in Seattle just started - we will make sure they will cover South Seattle too. Georgetown could use more tips for sure! Our Spotters only write about the *city of Seattle*, so Seatac, Black Diamond and the other towns and cities you mentioned that are not in Seattle will never be included.
Thanks for your comment. Bart - Co-founder Spottted by Locals
Money well spent!
For less than the cost of one beer (if you know a fun spot with good beer for less than $3.99, let me know...or buy a city in this app and you will find one) you are guaranteed to find at least one good tip in a city you are going to spend time in. Like most everyone, I enjoy travel and feel that part of the enjoyment of travel is the planning and anticipation. I am always on the lookout for articles about cities I will be visiting. So far I have purchased 5 cities (NYC, DC, Paris, Florence, & Stockholm) and at a minimum have found at least one Spotted recommendation in each of the cities that I wasn't aware of and made my visit better. It is like having an in the know, cool, virtual friend in your pocket. Updates for each city are pushed out frequently. So frequently that it is my only suggestion. I wish the option to update was more in the background instead of having an alert right away after opening the app. But, it is a minor thing. The takeaway, $3.99 per city is money well spent and it will pay dividends when you travel. Plus, it is fun to use prior to your trip, dreaming and planning.
Developer Response ,
Dear Craig, what a super nice review. It is really very helpful for us to get a good review of our app and motivating to read this to continue what we love doing. It makes our day :)
Perfect way to explore a city
I first heard about SpottedbyLocals when I was studying abroad in Paris in 2009. I usually like to collect recommendations from friends before visiting a new city but in this day and age with social media, people end up seeing certain places on Instagram and Facebook and then just go where they see their friends go. This works sometimes but the problem is that you end up being directed to the same place that all the other people are going to which in effect ends up being touristy. If you’re like me and want to explore a city as someone who lives there would, then this is the app for you. The app itself is nothing special. Basic map with some highlighted spots but the content and curation is what is so key. We went to at least 10 of the recommended places in Mexico City and they were all spot on. You can’t get fair assessments of where to go on sites like Yelp and TripAdvisor anymore because their ranking systems have become biased towards the places that pay them. SpottedByLocals is a neutral assessment of amazing places in cities by the people who are proudest to live in them.
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- Spotted B.V.
- 151.3 MB
- Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
- Age Rating
- 12+ Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
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- In-App Purchases
- Paris city guide by locals $3.99
- Barcelona travel guide $3.99
- New York city guide by locals $3.99
- Amsterdam travel guide $3.99
- London city guide by locals $3.99
- Rome city guide by locals $3.99
- Berlin city guide by locals $3.99
- Lisbon city guide by locals $3.99
- Prague city guide by locals $3.99
- Madrid travel guide by locals $3.99
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