Travel Blogger Series: Spotted by Locals

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Do as the locals do with Bart van Poll


	Bart van Poll

Bart van Poll

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Dec 6, 2012 —  While constantly researching the greatest places to go around the world, we often come across incredible writers and photographers who share in our neverending quest. We thought you should meet some of the best we've discovered along the way:

As a traveler Bart was never much interested in tourist highlights. He prefers to have a glass of wine in a local Paris café over visiting the Eiffel Tower. As no travel guides catered to his interests, and online information was often out of date or unreliable, he started Spotted by Locals - a series of blogs and mobile (Android, iPhone) city guide apps with up-to-date tips by handpicked local writers in 44 European cities.

How did you get into travel writing?

On a city trip to Brussels in 2007, around a good Belgian beer, we decided to investigate the idea of starting a city guide series with reliable and guaranteed local and up-to-date information. We thought we could pull this off by personally meeting and recruiting locals who speak the local language, live in the city they write about, and who would update their tips frequently. A few months later, we quit our jobs and started a 6 month road trip to find and meet locals in 20 cities in Europe - Spotted by Locals was born!

Tell us a brief story about the strangest/craziest/funniest thing that’s happened to you while writing about travel?

Sanne & I were the first "Spotters" for Spotted by Locals, in the city we live in - Amsterdam. After publishing a blog post about my favorite bar, a visitor who had found out about the place through our website recognized me in the bar. That was a funny and proud moment!

What’s your favorite part of writing about travel?

When I write about travel, I feel like I'm traveling - something I never get tired of! We are on the road about 6 months a year, but the day we are back I already start planning my next travels!

User Comments

Bart v. Dec 7, 2012
Thank you Samantha for the compliment ;)! Bart
Samantha L. Dec 7, 2012
Is that Nolan Ross?
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