21st Century Travel: Outdated, Impersonal and Inconvenient

AKA Why We Started Sidewalk

We built Sidewalk as a result of our own frustrating travel experiences and difficulties finding local secrets. We wished we were better equipped to understand the culture, local insights, and stories of our destinations, whether they be in our own city or beyond. Maybe you have felt the same way.

Let us know if any of these sound familiar:

  • You have to crowd source your Facebook friend’s recommendations, perform a thousand Google searches, and spend hours scouring review sites to cobble together the perfect afternoon or trip.
  • You want to hear the stories of a place to understand the context and significance, but you don’t want to follow a group around and feel like a tourist to do it.
  • You have to go to the places “you should see,” but you also crave local, authentic, and inspiring experiences, and for that, guidebooks and websites fall short.

These are the cliches of the 21st century travel experience. We have endured each of them firsthand.

We started Sidewalk because we never want to deal with these frustrations again. We want to learn about a city from the local, the enthusiast, the expert. We want to see the places that are off the map and, more importantly, hear the stories behind them. We want to show up somewhere, open an app and be guided through an amazing experience. And by the way, we want to do it on our schedule, not someone else’s, and without committing hours of painstaking research to assemble the perfect trip.

Our solution to this is Sidewalk: an app that provides guided walks wherever you are, about whatever interests you. Sidewalk is different because it is a also platform to create guided walks — anyone with stories and insights can quickly create a digital tour of their neighborhood, share it with friends and make a few bucks to boot.

We are fervent believers that anyone can provide a meaningful glimpse into their city. Each of us have been the provider and recipient of informal what-to-do guides in our hometowns. And these personal perspectives and recommendations are more valuable than any guidebook could hope to be.

The days of feeling like a tourist are over. Sidewalk offers a new way to access an authentic, personal, up-to-date and interesting travel experience without arduous planning and getting lost in a Google wormhole.

If that is something that appeals to you too, check out Sidewalk on iOS and Android.

Ever felt the same frustrations as us? Let us know in the comments below!

Dave Hotchkiss, Co-Founder & CTO

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Originally published at www.sidewalk.guide.

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