How We Choose

Every experience on Lokal helps to strengthen local communities, protect wild places or preserve cultural traditions. We’ve done the research, so you can focus on having an amazing trip.

What We Look for in Travel Experiences

    Quality and Character

    We feature independent and local travel providers that offer remarkable services and unique insights into the places you’ll visit. It’s our goal to help travelers find trustworthy, quality experiences that have a distinctly local style.

    Community Connection

    We seek out travel providers that support local livelihoods, celebrate cultural traditions, preserve historical sites and love to share their passion and local knowledge with travelers.

    Environmental Engagement

    We help travelers discover stunning natural attractions and local wildlife through a growing network of environmentally friendly hotels, eco-tours, sustainable shops, and local guides that strive to protect wonderfully wild places around the world.

Why this Matters

According to the UN, as little as 5% of international travel spending actually reaches local communities. The vast majority of travel dollars end up with airlines, big box hotels, booking sites and travel agents, leaving fragile environments damaged and local residents with empty pockets. It doesn’t have to be this way.

Our Selection Process

1. Find

Through our own travels, local connections, exhaustive research, and recommendations from travelers like you, we identify local travel experiences around the world. After an initial review, we reach out to the most promising leads.

2. Learn

We speak with local organizations to learn more about the experiences they provide and gather information about their impact on local communities, cultures and environments.

3. Review

Local organizations that prove they are doing good by travelers and local communities get featured on the site. We work with them to share their story in their own words and collect feedback from travelers on how they’re doing!

Ready to Go?

We’re searching for unique local travel experiences around the world.