We want to enable people to earn a sustainable income by doing something they’re passionate about.
We believe that every person is good at something and that there’s no greater way to earn a living than by doing something you are passionate about. By starting Withlocals.com we hope to enable people, especially those in developing countries, to boost their income by offering their skills and knowledge to travelers.
We believe this is the future of travel!
Withlocals was inspired by two experiences we had while traveling.
When Marijn Maas was traveling through South East Asia on his honeymoon it was five star hotels and luxury restaurants all the way. Though the holiday was fantastic, the highlight wasn’t the Michelin-starred restaurants but the one night where they dined in a local family’s home. Over a fantastic home-cooked meal, which cost a fraction of what dinner at their hotel cost, they shared stories, received amazing insights into the culture and history of the country, were given valuable travel advice and forged new friendships. The whole experience was nothing short of magical.
Willem Maas was traveling through Asia for six months, often using local guides along the way. What struck him on his journey was that that even the most knowledgeable and experienced guides could barely make a living despite working full time, and that travel agents were often profiting the most.
Our inspiration sprung from these two experiences. We started to wonder whether there was a way to directly connect Asian locals who had something valuable to offer with travelers looking for a unique experience. We looked around but couldn’t find anything like it online so we decided to do it ourselves.
Our goal was to create a platform that made it simple and easy for everyone involved and that cut out the middle-man, driving money instead straight into the hands of the host, and providing travelers with a guaranteed experience at the same time.The Sharing Economy
We are huge believers in the idea of the Sharing Economy - a concept that looks at the shift in consumer values from ownership to access. It’s about creating a new, more sustainable economy for the 21st century and we want to help drive that shift.
Withlocals uses online technology to connect people in a meaningful exchange of skills and money, with benefits to individuals, communities and the world.