Local Expeditions provides intimate, unique walking tours and bike tours for visitors or residents, and a channel for locals to show off their favorite spots.
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a message from the founder
The idea for Local Expeditions came about when I took a group of out-of-town colleagues on a themed excursion including a walk along the High Line, a glass of wine at my friend’s garden apartment and dinner at Vin et Fleurs, a local Soho restaurant. My colleagues loved the uniqueness of the local experience. One person said, “I never would have found this charming neighborhood if you didn’t take me here.” I enjoyed telling them the things that I love about the High Line—not the traditional tour but the small personal stories. The night was a smash success and, I was told, the best out-of-town event they had ever attended. I enjoyed myself immensely and realized I had a natural penchant for showing people a good time.
At the same time, I am a person who travels regularly for leisure and on business and I always want to know where the locals go, which restaurants they choose and what sights they like to see. I have never been entirely satisfied with the many spaces provided to determine where to go: for food (Chowhound), for tours—hundreds of outfits and none that ever match up to my desires or expectations. I’ve been known to walk away from tours (of the Acropolis even—and I like history!) in under ten minutes. My best travel results come when I contact a friend who has lived where I am going. I spent a week at a friend’s father’s B&B in Cornwall, England and was led to ancient stone sites that few tourists had ever seen. These were the rocks that my friend played near when she was a child. It was magical and spiritual and I was alone—not surrounded by 20 to 30 people.
Local Expeditions provides “anti-tours” and will give tourists and locals alike a unique, individual experience. Try Soho Gardens and learn from a garden designer the ins and outs of the industry while viewing unique hotel rooftops and dog parks. Or take any of our unique neighborhood tours (Bushwick, Gowanus, Flatbush, etc.) in areas that are gorgeous and underserved by tour companies.
For Guides, Local Expeditions provides both an income and an outlet for the performer, story-teller, historian, tour guide, or comedian in all of us. The only requirement is that you are able to fill two – three hours with local lore and your unique perspective is interesting enough to gain an audience. Local Expeditions provides a template for each Guide to dream up their favorite jaunt.
One last thing, Local Expeditions is truly local and believes strongly in the local/sustainable movement. As such, 5% of every event is donated to a local organization of the Guide’s choice.
— Nancy Blaine
Local Expeditions Financial Model
Price $40 per individual (10 people max on all expeditions)
15% to Local Expeditions = $6.00
5% to a local non-profit of guide’s choice = $2.00
10% your guide buys you a refreshment = $4.00
70% goes to your guide = $28.00
A full tour yields $280 for the Guide–a nice wage
Local Expeditions Sign Up Policy
You must sign up online at least six hours before an expeditions begins. Currently we are only able to accept PayPal.
Local Expeditions Cancellation Policy
We will let you know if an expedition cancels due to weather. This will only be if the weather is extremely bad. In this case all customers will receive a 100% refund or a re-schedule.
- For cancellations within 24 hours of an expedition: NO REFUND
- For cancellations within 48-24 hours of an expedition: 50% REFUND
- For cancellations more than 48 hours before an expedition: 100% REFUND minus fees
Local Expeditions Children’s Rates
Children under 10 years old go free!
Children ages 10 – 15 go for half price!
Local Expeditions believes strongly in the local/sustainable movement. Five percent of every expedition is donated to a local organization of the guide’s choice.
Appalachian Mountain Club
Cauz for Pawz
Park Slope 5th Ave BID
4th Arts Block
Merchant’s House Museum
Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation
Northside Town Hall Community & Cultural Center
Theatre Historical Society of America
Lower East Side Preservation Initiative (L.E.S.P.I.)
Red Hook Initiative
Friends of the High Line
People for the Pavilion
The Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizen Council
Squam Lakes Association
Hunters Point Parks Conservancy
Horizons for Homeless Children
Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini Shrine
Willie Mae Rock Camp
The O’Gorman Garden
Dream Street Theatre
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