Coolhouse Labs Harbor Springs Startup Profiles

Localfu: Travel Plans from Locals for $5

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Traveling is easily one of the most enjoyable things to do. That said, planning trips and deciding on itineraries is often a real pain. Sure, there is Yelp and TripAdvisor, but these recommendation sites can be overwhelming. There are just too many choices. You can end up spending more time planning your trip than you spend on the trip itself. We just came across an awesome new startup that looks to eliminate this problem all together: Localfu.

Localfu comes from Kung-fu, or Google-fu. The suffix -fu means expertise, or advanced skill. Our Localfus are expert locals.1

The Harbor Springs, MI startup takes a unique approach to trip planning. They help users outsource it. Localfu has a network of locals – currently in 15 cities across the U.S. and U.K. – that build users personalized itineraries. This is done for a super affordable price of $5.

Localfu connects travelers with locals so every trip is planned with the knowledge and insight of someone who knows the area best, without wasting time reading through guide books or travel tip websites. The online connection gives your travel plans a local touch without requiring the hand-holding that comes with in-person meetups. 2

This seems like a great way to plan a trip. After all, who knows a city better than the locals. And, at $5 you can afford to get an itinerary, even if you don’t follow it.

Localfu is currently going through the Coolhouse Labs Summer 2014 accelerator session. The team is also actively answering questions and taking feedback over in an /r/startups thread.