We’ve been to quite a few places around the Philippines, and whenever we think about our most memorable experiences, it’s often our encounters with locals that are the most memorable. So we were very excited to find out about a new travel initiative called Withlocals, a marketplace connecting travelers from all over the world with locals in Asia.
Locals from the current roster of seven Asian countries—Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Vietnam—offer their favorite experiences on the website. These experiences are subdivided into three: Eats, Tours and Activities. So if you are an amazing cook and would like to show off your cooking skills, you can offer a home-cooked dinner to travelers at your place. If you are the adventurous type, you can offer an exciting activity like rafting, surfing—anything you really love and are extremely good at! A great walk through your hometown and nearby sights can also be an amazing tour for people who have never seen the country before. This way, travelers can experience your place just like any other local. You make new friends, you get to do what you love, and you earn extra money from it—a win-win situation if you ask us.
There are fruit carving workshops in Thailand, a healthy home cooking class in Malaysia, and a batik workshop in Indonesia. Being the tea picker of the day in Sri Lanka sounds really cool too!
WithLocals is definitely a great alternative to taking packaged tours since you can select only the activities you want. And while it’s perfect for travels abroad, here’s another piece of good news: Withlocals is coming to the Philippines this summer, which means that you (or we!) can sign up as hosts and start offering our favorite activities and home-cooked meals to travelers all over the world. What experiences do you think are worth offering? Share them in the comments below!
*All photographs courtesy of WithLocals