Here is an idea I've had in mind for quite some time now. I love traveling (business and private) as well as photography. That's why I always bring my camera and try to take some time to wander around whenever I am new to a place. The thing is that quite often I only end up in the major tourist spots - which of course are interesting. The true spirit of a city, however, is mostly in the off beaten side streets and squares, only known to the locals. That's where my idea comes in. How about creating a thread where people are offering to take visitors on a photowalk around their city/area/whatever. People would enlist for which city they are available and visitors can contact them via private message (PM) to agree upon a date. The local person, of course, is not obliged to go for a photowalk. The local, on the other hand, shouldn't charge the visitor anything. The visitor, however, might choose to say "thank you" in a form of paying a beer in a local pub afterwards, for instance. How to deal with entrance fees (if any) could be discussed upfront via PM, email or by phone. Here are the catchy bullet points what's in for everybody: Local: - Encouraged to go out shooting more often in the own neighborhood - Meeting new and interesting people - Learn from other/foreign people's shooting styles (not the usual gang one hangs out with) - Looking forward to the next trip - that's where you could meet a local Visitor: - A friendly person showing you around - Coming back home with not only the "standard postcards" - Meeting new and interesting people (this goes both ways;-) ) - Learning from other person's shooting styles (again...) - Might even get to know something about the place's history In case local and visitor both shoot µ43 (which is very likely in this forum ), one could even add "try out new cameras and lenses" to the lists above. So, how does that sound? Would you be interested in such a thread? --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thanks for all the volunteers/locals. This is the list so far: Asia - China Hong Kong (KS11) - Malaysia Kota Kinabalu, Sabah (darosk) - Philippines Manila (Adubo, profgregorio) - Singapore Singapore (wonglp, psychosis) - South Korea Busan (KS11) Seoul (KS11, tyrphoto) - Taiwan Taipei (TDP) -Thailand Bangkok (robie36) Europe - Croatia Istria region ( laser8) Zagreb (Ramsey) - Denmark Copenhagen (Adstars) - Germany Dortmund (BigTam) Münsterland (BigTam) Munich (quatchi) Sauerland (BigTam) South Bavaria (Munich to the Alps) (quatchi) - Great Britain Glasgow and surroundings (Itchybiscuit) Harwich (Petrochemist) NE Essex, as far inland as Colchester/Dedham (Petrochemist) York (Your Funny Uncle) - Spain Madrid (BeyondTheLines) - Switzerland Lucerne (MoonMind) North America - Canada Ottawa, ON (ranxoren) Vancouver, BC (phrenic, eventually: KS11) - USA Amesbury, MA (fredlong) Austin, TX (Bokeaji) Baltimore, MD (chrisnm203) Bay Area, CA (ranxoren) Campbellsville, KY (snkenai) Detroit, MI (wreckless) Central Indiana, IN (Crdome) (Indianapolis, Lafayette and all the flat farmland for many, many miles) Lansing, MI (twokatmew) Nashville, TN (Photodan1) Central Ohio, OH (gryphon1911) (Columbus, Worthington, Dublin, Grove City, Hilliard, Reynoldsburg) Orange County, NY (RDM) Philadelphia, PA (chrisnm203) Raleigh / Durham area, NC (spatulaboy) Salem County, NJ (jziegler) York, PA (chrisnm203) Pacific - Australia Adelaide (T N Args) Fremantle (Aushiker) Karratha (NoSeconds) Melbourne (thelaxong) - possible program Tasmania (nickthetasmaniac) - New Zealand Auckland (Chrisnmn) In case you want in, just reply and I will update this post. If we get a couple of people, we could ask one of the admins to make this a sticky.