Showaround today officially launched its breakthrough travel app that connects travelers in search of unique experiences with locals who are ready to show them around their cities.
Available for iOS (Android coming soon), Showaround lets users browse locals in the area they’re traveling to, choose a local they like, then plan and discuss the activities for their visit.
“We help travelers discover and choose from verified locals according to their personality, experience and credibility,” says founder Linas Sablovskis. “Our users get to do what they’re interested in doing, and most importantly witness the city through the eyes of the local, who can offer a more authentic first-hand experience than just your average tour guide.”
One of the many benefits of using Showaround is it’s much more flexible and less formal than a traditional tour with a guide.
“With a guide, a tour is set and planned in advance, whereas with a Showaround local you can take a turn at any narrow street that catches your interest,” added Sablovskis. “It allows on the spot decisions and spontaneity to occur, just like they would if you were exploring a new city with an old friend who lived there.”
Anyone can benefit from using Showaround. Business travelers, solo-independent travelers, couples, new people in the city, and millennials who don’t want to pay for high-priced tours, and who are spontaneous and ready for a fun new adventure.
As a traveler on Showaround, users have the freedom to tailor tours with locals before arriving at their travel destination. They can choose a verified local based on his or her personality, background and get an insider’s perspective on what they should see and do.
For “Locals”, Showaround is a great way to earn extra money. Locals choose their hourly rate and organize a schedule as they please, so they can show visitors the best of their city in their free time.
“There’s no reason to be a mere tourist anymore. Locals offer a real and edgier experience – showing off beautiful sites and delivering authentic local cultural highlights at a price that works for both the visitor and the local,” Sablovskis said.