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Apps let you travel like a local

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FOX19 - There used to be a time when you'd go to a new city, book a hotel and rely on the concierge to recommend the best places to play and eat.

Those days are over.

Travel-related apps and services can now connect tourists directly with those who are in the know – the locals themselves.

Travelers can explore a city like the locals who live there and, often times, along with them. It's a shift for those who want to find the hidden secrets of a city.

The apps includes tools to share meals with locals, connect for socializing, concierge services and bike or car sharing. And the best part is that travel apps offer a cheaper alternative to the traditional tourist fare.

A travel expert suggests keeping safety in mind when using the apps as they involve interactions with strangers.

Apps and services that can help you travel like a pro.

EatWith: Sign up to eat a meal with local residents - 

Feastly: Connect with nearby chefs and cooks - 

BookALokall: Browse unique local cuisine - 

UrbanBuddy: Ask questions, connect with locals in live-chat app -

RelayRides: Rent a car from a private car owner -

PartyWithALocal: Find likeminded locals and plan a meet-  up 

BlablaCar: Find a carpool for a long distance trip - 

Gogobot: View reviews and photos on where to eat, play or stay. - 

TripTogether: Find someone to travel with - 

UrbanDaddy: See hand picked, GPS-powered options of things to do - 

TourBar: Find a travel companion based on personal interests - 

Stray Boots: Explore a city through a scavenger hunt-style tour -

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