5 Activity-Booking Sites to Help You Travel Like a Local

Immerse yourself in a new city by embarking on food tours, crafting workshops, and local-led treks.

Photo: Viator

1. Viator
An offshoot of TripAdvisor, Viator prides itself on helping one travel like an insider. The site is run by a team who curate handpicked tours and activities, spanning Paris to Phuket to Perth. They also offer VIP access, 24/7 global support, and more.

Try: Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik

Photo: Airbnb Experiences

2. Airbnb Experiences
Run by lodging experts Airbnb, Experiences is a collection of excursions and activities that are designed and led by local hosts. As such, participants will be able to gain unique access into places and communities in the city, from workshops to long treks for various skill levels.

Try: By Night in Havana

Photo: Headout

3. Headout
As its name suggests, Headout encourages travelers to be spontaneous and explore beyond familiar attractions. The app lets one discover and book activities in the city they’re in for the next 24 hours at exclusive discounted prices—with themes like Perfect Dates and Helicopter Tours.

Try: Malibu Coastline Helicopter Tour

Photo: Context Travel

4. Context Travel
According to Context Travel, they create tours for the “intellectually curious traveler.” Unlike other travel booking sites, they specialize in private, small group tours that let curious travelers engage with local experts (think archaeologists and art historians).

Try: Arte Vaticana: Vatican Tour including Sistine Chapel and St. Peters

Photo: Peek

5. Peek
On Peek, travelers can find activities via picking a series of photos that appeal to them—for instance, “explorers” will be recommended various adventurous tours. For a fuss-trip trip, go for their Perfect Day tour, which feature complete itineraries, hidden gems, and insider tips.

Try: Private Hiking Tour of the Sleeping Giant in Kauai


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