With the economies & travel at a standstill, Withlocals, a peer-to-peer travel platform provides an opportunity on how to make money with Online Experiences.
Withlocals, a platform for personalized Tours & Activities in 80+ destinations across the globe, has gone live since two months ago with its new offering, Online Experiences. To-date, Online Experiences have been very well-received by Withlocals customers and present itself as an opportunity for anyone to leverage and make money as an affiliate.
Withlocals provides a platform that connects travelers & verified local hosts around the world. The company offers private tours and activities that cater to travelers’ passions like food, music, and sports and allows travelers to experience a city just like a local.
Brothers Marijn and Willem Maas founded the company in 2013 in Eindhoven (the Netherlands) and started by targeting a market for sharing home-cooked dinners across seven countries in Southeast Asia. Since then, it has refocused on personalized tours, and its popularity and growth have been exponential. By 2019, it was active with thousands of tour options in more than 30 countries, as shown below:
- Europe (Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, The Netherlands, Turkey)
- Asia (Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam)
- Africa (Morocco, South Africa)
One of Withlocals pillars of growth and its popularity is its extensive community of local hosts who show travelers their city and their passion, generating a 9.8 out of 10 average ratings in customer happiness. To ensure the quality of its hosts and provide safe and trustworthy experiences, Withlocals quality assurance process is anchored on three key components:
- Quality check – Once a host signs up, the company performs a thorough verification process from our headquarters in the Netherlands. They verify necessary information, e.g., name, address, social profiles, phone number, ID, payment details, and description of the experience.
- Tight Connection – The company creates and nurtures a strong community in every destination they have a presence. Company representatives tightly maintain a connection with the hosts and pay regular visits to the city to ensure that quality standards meet guests’ expectations.
- Review system – Every guest gets the opportunity to review his/her experience with a host. When multiple guests leave positive reviews, you are more confident you can trust the host and the knowledge he or she offers.
The company’s recent infusion of new capital will support its objective of expanding its presence in the above countries/cities and opening-up new destinations.
Withlocals offers a platform for enjoying an online experience with friends and family. The online sessions offered are quite varied, from a tour of Berlin by car to an origami workshop from Seoul, from cooking pasta with a local from Rome to a workshop on using spices in the kitchen from Dubai. At this time, there are about 80 offerings available online, and the number continues to expand rapidly. Online sessions are organized by categories. The below screenshot indicates the various categories and the various offering under a particular category, the Cooking Class as an example.
Selecting “Bake Belgian Waffles with Patrick” as an example brings up the details, i.e., how long it will take, how the session will flow, reasons to book, what preparations are required, and cancellation provisions, among others. It even provides a video clip with the host explaining the key points about the offering.
Why Do Customers Book?
There are several reasons to book, particularly when there are social/physical distancing restrictions in force::
- Connect and leverage the skills and experience of a true local without having to actually travel to their locations
- Reconnect online with family or friends they cannot visit and have fun from the comforts of your home
- Avail of authentic and quarantine-proof experience, skills, and knowledge at very reasonable prices
- Leverage the real passion of your host for the topic and his/her genuine interest to share
All Withlocals’ virtual experiences are private. As such, the number of people who can join the event is up to you! You can book for as many people you want, i.e., family, friends, and/or colleagues.
What Do Customers Say?
You can also check out reviews from customers. Below is an example of such a review.
How Do Customers Book And Enjoy?
Withlocals hosts offer high-quality experiences that can be enjoyed online by guests through video calls. Booking is quite straightforward.
- Select an Experience. Browse and choose your local expert and the activity/subject. There is an exclusive selection of verified online experiences lined up now and new offerings are being added every day.
- Book Online. Once a preferred experience is selected, you can easily book through the booking form. Withlocals support different payment methods depending on the country of your payment account
- Prepare for the Event. An email will confirm your booking and as well as provide a custom link to your online experience and some suggestions on how you can best prepare. You can communicate with your host before the actual event through the platform’s messaging tool. Just hit the “contact” button underneath their profile and forward your questions or suggestions to them.
- Enjoy Online. Get online at the specified time and enjoy the authentic experience with your host and your group
Who Can Benefit?
Anybody looking to have a genuine experience with a local expert on particular travel destinations or categories on offer will benefit from this innovative service of Withlocals, which has been very popular in a short time since being introduced. Meanwhile, if you want to take advantage of this new offering and make money online, you can:
- Become A Host – Share the city or subject that you love with the rest of the world. Be a Withlocals host and offer your services online, meet people from all over the world, create memories, and make some money in the process.
- Become An Affiliate Partner – If you have a website or blog, you can refer people to Withlocals and earn money for every booking they place.
The COVID-19 pandemic has grounded economies (including travel) to a halt. While cities and countries are preparing to reopen, resumption of trips to pre-COVID-19 levels is still a distant reality.
However, Withlocals Online Experiences has become a very popular option for its customers. On the other hand, this offers online entrepreneurs the opportunity to partner with Withlocals and earn money. Whichever your motivations may be, start exploring this opportunity by clicking the banner below.
We hope you enjoyed this article. If you have any questions or want to share any insights on this new way of having local experiences, please feel free to leave your comments below.