Eat, live and explore like a local
Local insight before & during your journey
Tell Me How

How it works

1. Pick a local

Your trusted resource before and during your travels. Connect to ask questions and discuss your trip.

2. Collaborate

Work with your local to finalize your plans. Get help booking activities, arranging transportation & more.

3. Travel Smarter

Feel prepared to make the most out of every moment & confident knowing your FILOS local has your back.

What we do

Travel Tips

Get a local’s perspective as you create your itinerary. FILOS locals improve your experience by eliminating the uncertainty.

Local Support

Travel with confidence knowing you have a friend in an unfamiliar place. Need help? Don’t know where to go? Contact your friend from FILOS.

Connect Abroad

Meet your FILOS local and discover their culture, cuisine and way of life as they share their city and tell their story.

Travel Fixer

Get connected with the best food, activities & experiences. Your FILOS local has the contacts to unlock your next destination.

Transportation & More

Get help arranging transportation, making reservations, buying SIM cards, and more all before you even take off.

Local Experts

Pick a local & connect. It's FREE!  

My name is Katerina and I am an active 26-year-old master's student. I moved back to Los Angeles 6 years ago after living abroad in Greece. I speak fluent Greek and English and I love traveling, meeting new people and sharing great experiences…

Hi! I am a 3rd generation Angeleno and I have lived in LA my whole life. I love my city and even convinced my husband to leave his beloved Chicago for a life in So Cal. We have had lots of out-of-town guests over the years and in regard to "tourist attractions", I know which are worth hitting up and which can be skipped…

Hi, my name is Ryan and I have lived in LA for the past 7 years. There are so many things that make LA a great place to live and visit including the weather, the beaches, and the live music scene which is second to none. There is always something fun to do in LA, you just have to know where to look…

My name is Nick and I am an entrepreneur and a dad who enjoys making the most out of every day with my family and friends. I grew up in South Orange County going to the beach and playing soccer before moving to LA for college in 2003. I love traveling internationally and and meeting new people from different parts of the world…

My name is Ronnie and I am a big time music enthusiast who loves to travel and have a great time with my friends. I have lived in West LA for the past 7 years. Growing up in the Bay Area, I originally started out as a tourist when I use to visit LA with my parents and friends, so now as a resident I know both sides of the coin…

Hi my name is Daniel and I have lived in Los Angeles for 27 years. I have been all over the world and spent a few years in New York but I keep coming back to Southern California. My favorite thing about LA is our weather and our laid back attitude…

Why

At FILOS (fē′lōs - friend) we believe traveling is the ultimate experience. It is through travel that we forge our closest friendships, create our fondest memories and learn as much about who we are, how we think and what we believe as we do about the people and places we visit. As tourists we spend hours planning, months anticipating and years reminiscing about the trips that shape our lives. Yet, despite all of the time, money and resources spent on travel, we leave the desired experience up to chance, trusting tourist reviews, dated guidebooks and curated websites to plan the few precious days we have out of the office. At FILOS we have improved this process removing the uncertainty from travel.

FILOS connects you with vetted locals who will save you time as they help personalize and shape your trip to ensure you experience the best your destination has to offer. FILOS is not about selling tours and we are not an online travel agency. After traveling hundreds of thousands of miles ourselves, we know that travel is inherently social and is best when you have a trusted resource who can help you experience the world through a local lens. We want to infuse trust into travel, bridging cultural divides and transforming the way people explore the world. This is made possible through travel, not tourism, and this is why we support locals and give them the opportunity to share their city and tell their story. Get off the beaten path. Eat, live and explore like a local.

To travel is to live. Don’t just be a tourist.

Trust

Verified ID

All FILOS locals are interviewed and provide copies of their government issued IDs, confirm personal details and connect FILOS with their social networks.

Reviews & Communication

Select your local based on their profile and connect via phone or email before you start collaborating. If it’s not a fit, give another one of our locals a try!

Cash-free Payments

Pay online and leave the cash at home. The FILOS payment system is designed to ensure both parties are protected and paid once service is rendered.

We're Here to Help 24/7

Connect with our world class customer support team wherever you are traveling. Speak with real people to get real solutions any time of day.