What Is It?
Many sites claim to be “for locals,” but Cool Cousin is the first that really feels like a friend sharing their personalized notes. For nearly 50 cities worldwide, Cool Cousin’s social recommendation platform is a resource for travelers—not tourists.
Once you’ve downloaded this free app, you’ll get crowdsourced recommendations from locals the company has hand picked: the absolute best off-the-beaten-path gems. Pick a Cool Cousin ambassador who aligns with your interests, virtually chat with the ‘Cuz and explore his or her interactive city guide.
How Does It Work?
So who are these “cool” people anyway? Locals apply, and the Cool Cousin crew selects a diverse group of city ambassadors to give travelers the skinny on a city’s best spots—from coffee shops to speakeasies to free yoga classes.
Once you’ve selected a participating city, you can read ambassador bios and choose one to see his/her personal city guide. If you enjoy these recommendations, “add” the cousin to lists (favorites) to keep their knowledge close at hand.
Use lists to curate your experience based on personas! Let’s say you’re heading to Denver and you want to follow a ski bum, a local parent and also a foodie—this app helps to ensure you’ll have a delicious time on the slopes with the family.
Cool Cousin lets you overlay several guides on a map, and you can opt to also show “points of interest” that are popular with mainstream tourists. The map becomes a holistic and interactive guidebook-meets-navigation-system.
Better still: adding a Cool Cousin to your lists opens up a line of communication between you and the Cousin. They’ll message you immediately once you follow them, and may offer even more suggestions based on your profile. You can ask them for additional advice, events, and more! All of this matchmaking feels effortless since Cool Cousin automatically connects with your social accounts.
All of this matchmaking feels effortless since Cool Cousin automatically connects with your social accounts!
Our Favorite Part:
In the age of automation and artificial intelligence, it’s increasingly uncommon to find personalized recommendations that are actually from humans. There’s a certain charm to this process—if the connection is there, you can meet up with your Cool Cousin FTF when you arrive!
Don’t see your hometown listed? Apply to join the Cool Cousin cadre; your application may just be the one that puts your hometown on the app’s map!
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Annie’s based in Los Angeles but hails from Portland, Oregon. Sort of. She moved to six states by the time she reached middle school, and continues to move around the US and abroad – call her a nomad, but she prefers “Location ADHD.” After studying abroad in New Zealand, Annie circled the globe, graduated from USC, and circled the world once again. For one year she lived out of a backpack everywhere from The Philippines to Nepal to Slovenia to Norway. She’s a curry connoisseur and passionate explorer, taking the road less traveled, the “trail” covered in vines and swarmed in exotic bugs. Foreign lands feel like home, and Annie loves encouraging more and more people to utilize their passports and experience a new culture.