We love talking about how we set up the Spotted by Locals network in 2008, why we think we make a small but meaningful contribution to making the world a better place, and how me manage our “multinational” from the road as global nomads.
We love talking about: Local Travel
We believe that by experiencing a destination like a local, travelers learn about the culture and habits of the inhabitants. We are convinced a better understanding of different cultures will make the world a better place. With Spotted by Locals we aim to change as many travelers’ lives as we can.
We love to talk about: our community
As two travel addicts frequently frustrated by the obvious, touristy, impersonal, and out-of-date tips they found in their travel guides and on travel websites, Sanne & Bart van Poll launched Spotted by Locals in 2008.
Starting as an experiment blog with insider tips for Amsterdam in 2008, Spotted by Locals is now a series of apps and blogs with up-to-date tips by locals (or “Spotters”) in 66 cities.
What makes us different from other city guides?
- Real locals: our locals live in the city and speak the language;
- Quality selection: Locals are selected, and only write about their favorite spots;
- Up-to-date: All our articles are always up-to-date and up-to-season;
- Unbiased: Locals don’t accept any form of compensation
Spotters are handpicked, speak the local language, write about their favorite spots only, and keep all their articles up to date. Sanne & Bart meet all bloggers in person in their city.
In 2012 and 2014 our community of Spotters gathered in Amsterdam (read more).
We love talking about how we set up Spotted by Locals, and our wonderful community.
We love talking about: global nomadism
Since starting Spotted by Locals in 2008, Sanne & Bart spend about 6 months a year on the road. In 2015, we will be traveling full time to meet their Spotters in as many of our 58 cities in Europe & North America as possible.
Spotted by Locals doesn’t have any employees, and works with a large group of freelancers. We think this type of “flexible multinational” works well, and could be a model for the company of the 21st century. We love talking about the challenges and upsides!
Get in touch
We are open to all your suggestions. Please get in touch with co-founder Bart to talk about your ideas!
T: +31 208 932 899