WithLocals connects tour guides in Europe, Asia and the UAE with local tour guides who set their own agenda
Expected pay: You set it
Commissions & fees: 20% to 30%
Where: Europe, Asia and the UAE
Requirements: Have a meal or activity that you want to list for sale in the relevant geographies; good communication/language skills; Availability at least 3 days per week
WithLocals is an online platform that connects tourists looking for unique experiences with local guides, who can provide them. Unlike Viator and ToursWithLocals, this site is specifically looking for guides outside of the U.S. — mainly in Euope, Asia and the UAE.
You’re in charge
The site allows you to set the agenda for your tour. You set the prices; state the dates and times your tours are available. The site then books travelers to fit your tours. Tours can be for one person or a group. You also determine the rules.
In addition, you can offer meals through this site, hosting guests in your own home for authentic local cuisine — or the cuisine of your home country. Again, your offerings are up to you.
The one requirement: WithLocals wants you to be available to offer your tours or meals at least three days a week.
Pay and commissions
If a tourist books through WithLocals, the site will pay you within three days of completing the tour.
The site’s fee is 20% for the tours you set and arrange. If you choose to be a guide for a pre-existing itinerary set by WithLocals, you pay a 30% commission on the booking.
You are not financially penalized if you need to cancel a reservation, but it will drop you in the site’s hierarchy, making it more difficult to book future tours.
If a client cancels a tour within 72-hours of the scheduled tour departure, the host is paid for the tour in full. If they cancel with less than 6 days notice, you get a 50% payment. Earlier cancellations are completely refunded.
While we found no host reviews. But the site’s terms are very reasonable. Moreover, there are literally thousands of reviews from happy tourists, so it appears that WithLocals is effective at bringing in bookings. This appears to be a great opportunity for expatriates, who want to earn money showing their former countrymen around and/or hosting dinner parties in an adopted land.
If you want to do the same job within the U.S., check out Tours by Locals and Viator.
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