I have contributed to the Spotted by Locals cityguides for two years now, and have seen the network grow from a handful of cities to a whopping 33 European cities today. I was attracted by the principal of giving insider tips to travellers (and locals!) which would help them to immediately locate places that come warmly recommended from the people who use them everyday.
Like all other local bloggers ("Spotters") I was personally selected by husband and wife team Bart and Sanne Van Poll, the genial Dutch couple who started up and run the service. They are passionate about the concept of 'local travel' and are also founder members of the Local Travel Movement.
The Spotted by Locals website contains hundreds of recommendations, including restaurants, bars, museums, hotels or just places to relax, but it is a real bonus to have all of the sites for the city of your choice in an iPhone app. The beauty of this app - as well as the hand-picked recommendations (and I am proof that they really are personal choices!) is that there are no surprise bills. Indeed, it is one of the few iPhone travel apps that does not require internet access, as all tips and maps are included in the application.
Normally priced at €3.99 (£2.99, US$4.99), you can win a complimentary copy on the Paris Weekends blog. If you would like to win one of these applications, click here to find out more.