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A Local’s Guide to Travel App

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I want to create a platform that connects people to local experts when they travel. Through the platform, people would be able to search for local experts they’d want to work with: photographers, tour guides, musicians, and more. The website would work in a similar way to how Uber and Lyft work, but instead of being able to just request a ride, you’d be able to be matched with a local expert for whatever you might need. When someone searches for a local expert, they would be presented with a list of experts that match their search. When the person selects an expert, they would have the option to request a session. The expert would then accept the request, and the expert and the person would be able to chat about the services that the expert offers and the cost of the session. The expert would also be able to provide the person with a price estimate, or the expert could simply charge the person a flat fee for the session. When the session is completed, the expert would be able to provide feedback and a review for the person, and the person would be able to do the same for the expert. 

Is this something you’d find useful when traveling?

4 Comments

  1. Cool idea! Love it, especially since it’s hard to have access to the same resources you’d have at home when you’re traveling. One thing that would be cool to see with the local experts would be portfolios of their work. I’d love to see previous photographs or samples so I know what I’m getting before I start chatting with someone and taking the time. Good luck!

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  2. This sounds like a great service, especially for people who want to learn more about a specific city, or who want to take a one-on-one walking tour of a new city. The idea of being able to connect with local experts is really unique, and I can see how it would be really appealing to people who are visiting different cities.

    I’m not sure that I see this as a huge business opportunity, though. I think one of the main reasons you may have future trouble getting investors interested in this idea is that it seems to be a lot smaller scale than a business like Uber or Airbnb. What I mean is that I don’t see a huge growth opportunity for this business. As a business, I think it would be very difficult to scale, especially if you are going to be working with local experts all over the world. How would you ever be able to scale this and make it a worldwide service?

    I like how you’ve thought of a way to make the payment process a little easier. It sounds like you would be charging the people who are using your service, and then you would be sharing the revenue with the experts who are providing the sessions. I think that this is a good idea, but I’m not sure it’s enough to make the business a success. I think the best way for you to improve the business would be to think about the business model more and think about ways you could make a lot of money from it.

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  3. I think the idea has a lot of potential. The problem you’re trying to solve is to connect people with local experts while they travel, which is a very good problem to solve. It will also solve the problem that many people face of not having enough time to plan all the things they want to do while traveling. What I don’t like about it is that the people connecting with the local experts will have very limited time (a session) to work with them. That can be a challenge for people who are traveling for a long time and are looking to work with experts for a lot of different things.

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  4. I’d be curious about the pricing for the platform or for the sessions. I’d also like to know if people would be able to request a session and pay for it at the same time. If you decided to make it a pay-as-you-go platform, then you could use a system like PayPal to process the payments. That way people wouldn’t have to worry about being charged for sessions they didn’t book. You could also create a business model where people would be able to request a session and pay for it up front, then they would be matched with an expert and they could decide whether they want to keep the session or get a refund. Though payment processing isn’t a glamorous thing to think about, it can really affect the customer experience, since the last thing I’m sure you’d want users to feel is scammed or taken advantage of. Making sure you have flexible payment options can really get ahead of this kind of thing.

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