On this page we introduce Spotted by Locals, and explain why we love working with travel publications & newspapers.
As two travel addicts frequently frustrated by the obvious, touristy, impersonal, and out-of-date tips they found in their travel guides and on travel websites, Sanne & Bart van Poll launched Spotted by Locals in 2008.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 68 cities in Europe & North America.
Sanne & Bart handpick Spotters and meet all Spotters in person in their city.
Spotted by Locals is run by our passionate Spotters. These lovely locals live in the city they write about, speak the local language, and write about their favorite spots only.
In 2012 and 2014 our community of Spotters met up in Amsterdam (read more).
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
What (some) other say about us
“…tips rarely found in the guidebook. […] My first port of call”
The Times | Read article
“…authentically local, on-the-ground advice…”
The Guardian | Read article
“…a useful series of blogs and iPhone app with locally written travel guides and reviews of hangouts and events.”
The New York Times | Read article
How we can add value for travel publications?
Spotted by Locals can add value for travel publications and newspapers by delivering guaranteed up to date content by real locals in 68 cities in Europe & North America, and getting you in touch with these locals for more background information or quotes.
This should save you money on travel costs / research time. The only we ask in return is a substantial mention in your article / series of articles.
Our case studies:
De Volkskrant – the largest quality newspaper in The Netherlands – has produced a series of 56 two page articles for its Saturday Travel section in 2014 & 2015. Browse the PDFs here or read the full articles online (translated to Dutch).
Kathimerini, one of Greece’s leading newspaper, produced a series of 60 “Spotted by Locals” 2 page articles for their Saturday edition in 2016 & 2017. Read more.
3. the Guardian
4. Sueddeutsche Zeitung
Sueddeutsche Zeitung – the largest German national subscription daily newspaper – has produced two spring (2009 & 2011) series of articles with local travel tips in cooperation with us. Read all online articles here
We’d love to talk about how we can add value to your publication in a personal meeting, or a telephone / Skype call.
Please e-mail Bart van Poll (bart at spottedbylocals dot_com) with your ideas!