Many travelers blindly trust the information offered by their travel guides, either Lonely planet, Routard or any other; others soak up all the information they can find on the net about the place they are going to visit and others simply go on an adventure without knowing very well what they are going to find and where they are going to throw. I am halfway between the second and third but, most of the time I choose more for the one of see what happens. Well, there is another way to know places with so many things to see and live like Paris, Istanbul, Rome or Madrid - among many others - that will offer you an authentic vision of them and will also allow you to meet people.
In the web Guideal found a social network of people who are willing to show you their city in the most personalized way possible. These tour guides They offer a multitude of different tours in the same city to cover all the different tastes of people. In large cities and with many things to do like Paris, for example, you can find people willing to take you to know the art museums; others will tell you all the stories of dreamy writers and artists on the tour of Bohemian Paris and others will simply take you to the warmest marching areas of Parisian night.
As for the price, there will be guides that will offer their services in a way free and they will show you their city by the mere fact of meeting people and being able to enjoy the traveler as much as possible; others charge fees that, from what I have seen going around the site, usually vary between 20 and 40 Euros, depending on the duration and some other things.
The theme also works with evaluations made by both those who hire the guides and the latter, who can comment on your interest shown during the tour or the timeliness with which you arrived at the appointment.
From what I have seen, it is still in development and the number of tours available is not very high but it is constantly growing and it seems to me the kind of idea that will undoubtedly go to more.
I think it's a luxury to see the city more informally with someone who knows her like the palm of her hand. You will not have to rely on guides with cold and outdated information or comments above on some websites, but you will have people who may know firsthand what is the best time to go to this or this other museum; where you can get cheaper tickets to go to a play, football game or other attraction, or which pubs are the ones that are fashionable and start to explode during the nights of march.
A very original thing is that the website is not made just to get someone to show you the place but also offers you the possibility to register as a guide.
That is, if you have been living in a city for a while and would like to show it to travelers in the way you like, here is the opportunity.