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Episode 48: A new model for travel? Pay $25 a day to have a local plan your trip

April 4, 2018
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Is this a new model for travel? You can hire a local in your destination to plan your trip for a flat fee of $25 a day through a service called ViaHero.

In this episode of the Associated Press Travel podcast “Get Outta Here,” host Beth Harpaz, the AP travel editor, speaks with ViaHero CEO Greg Buzulencia about the company that he created to fill what he perceived as a demand for more authentic travel and “personal curation” in trip-planning.

The service combines local recommendations, convenient online booking and the old-school guidance of a travel agent. ViaHero is available in Cuba, Iceland, Japan and Colombia. ViaHero plans out everything from airport pick-up and lodging to sightseeing and dining.

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New episodes of “Get Outta Here!” are published every Wednesday. Host Beth J. Harpaz is travel editor for The Associated Press, a volunteer Big Apple Greeter and a licensed tour guide in her native New York City. She recently completed a quest to visit all 50 states.

Before becoming travel editor, where most of the news - thank goodness - is about happy people going on nice vacations, Beth covered politics, disasters and all manner of mayhem for the AP. And not to reveal her age, but she also worked for several newspapers way back in the 20th century and even wrote three books.

She does not own wheeled luggage but instead carries her belongings around the world in an ancient backpack and various tote bags.

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For more trip ideas, travel trends and destination news from Beth and the rest of The Associated Press, follow @AP_Travel on Twitter and check out the travel tab on the AP News mobile app.

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