LOCALMOO.com is a brand new travel website that connects travelers directly with the people who know their destination best – and allows locals to earn cash for their knowledge.
It’s a common problem when holidaying abroad or visiting somewhere new on business. From Dublin to Dallas, Berlin to Bangkok, Singapore to Sydney, every city has its hidden gems, its off the beaten track bars, clubs, shops, gyms and restaurants that won’t be found in the Lonely Planet guidebooks or on websites such as TripAdvisor. But how do you find them?
It’s a dilemma that new website LocalMoo is seeking to solve. “The people that know a place best are always the locals,” declares LocalMoo founder and CEO Jonathan Bomser. “When you go to Trip Advisor or other places, you’re not getting genuine local insight. On LocalMoo, we’re offering genuine local insight.”
The simplest ideas are often the best ones, and the way LocalMoo works is incredibly straightforward. The website features profiles of people – known as ‘LocalMooers’ – from all over the planet, and lists their interests and areas of specific local knowledge (food and drink, sports, theatre, yoga, horseracing, children’s activities, etc.).
A traveler who hasn’t been to a place before picks a suitable profile and pays a $9 fee to LocalMoo.com to ask as many questions as they need answers for (e.g. “What’s the best venue for rock music?”, “Where can I buy vintage clothing?” “Where’s the best kebab shop?”). The LocalMooer gets paid $6 for their time and knowledge, and the traveler has the inside scoop on the location. Of course, while LocalMoo offers a terrific service for tourists and travelers, it also works well for the LocalMooers.
“It’s a job site, too,” explains Bomser. “If you don’t have a job and you need some extra income, LocalMoo is an easy way to make some extra cash. Even if you already have a job, you could be answering questions on your phone during lunchtime at work. You could be sitting in the park answering questions from people. You can also do it as a fulltime job: you can promote yourself. You can take your profile and push it out through your social media, your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts or whatever.
“What’s great about it is that the moneymaking ability here is direct,” he continues. “You don’t have to wait 30 days to get paid. You do the job, you get paid the next day. If you do the job well then people are going to recommend you and you’ll get more people looking to ask you for local information.”
The way we travel has changed dramatically in recent years. LocalMoo is a brand new service that aims makes your visit to any destination a whole lot more satisfying.
“People used to book their holidays through travel agencies, but nowadays they build their own holidays,” Bomser observes. “They book their own flights and hotels and rental cars, and so on. But what’s missing is the person giving you information when you arrive. If you rely on a concierge in a hotel, he’s going to send you to a place that’s paying him to send you there. So the basic premise of LocalMoo is simply that local knowledge is king.”
(*) To register with LocalMoo visit www.localmoo.com