What makes Kolu unique is our patented matching algorithm that matches travelers with local guides based on three of the following 12 interest categories they select when creating their passport.
So, let's say that Kristyn is traveling to Brooklyn, New York next week. She's 22 years old and looking to take advantage of her time there, since being a college student doesn't allow her to travel too often. Kristyn's three travel interests are Drinks & Nightlife, Adventure, and Sight Seeing.
Ashley is a local Kolu guide who was born and raised in Brooklyn. She is 23 years old and currently studies at NYU in the city. Conveniently, Ashley's interests are also Drinks & Nightlife, Adventure, and Sight Seeing. Ashley has also previously given one tour as a local Kolu guide, in which she was given a 5 star rating.
Kristyn and Ashley's Kolu Match Percentage: 93.5%
These two are nearly a perfect match! These two are close in age, share all three travel interests, and what's even better is that Ashley has a decent rating from her previous tour. The primary reason why they aren't 100% compatible, is because Ashley has only completed one tour, which adds an element of unpredictability that we want to make sure we account for. When Kristyn goes to look for a local Kolu guide on her mobile app, Ashley will be filtered and displayed as a Top Recommendation, which allows Kristyn to find and chat with somebody who can show her just what she's looking for during her visit to New York.
food & dining
You're in a really serious relationship with food, but let's be honest — you're not settling down any time soon. In fact, you're binge watching Anthony Bourdain and scoping out the best places to wine and dine months before your flight even touches down.
You're certainly not the kind of traveler who settles for what others can find on Google Maps or Yelp. No — you're looking for the best damn hole-in-the-wall café one can find. This is what Kolu is all about.
music & entertainment
Raving, moshing, smooth jazzing - whatever it may be - when you're away from home, music is your medicine. Only as soon as you check into your hotel are you checking out who's performing around the corner.
When traveling to a new city, you look for the unusual and the exciting. You try to go where nobody else has dared to venture and discover the untouched. Adventure seeker, you make vivid and bold travel plans others have simply not dreamed of.
You're the type who's just looking for the Paolo to their Lizzie McGuire. As a traveler, you're looking for the whole package, with a particular appreciation for the language, religion, cuisine, and customs that make up a unique local perspective.
history & learning
It's time to dust off your Japanese textbook... because all of your time spent in the classroom is about to pay off. Don't forget that your suitcase has a weight limit when you pack all those guides and reference books!
drinks & nightlife
You're looking to avoid lines and cover at all cost, while having a night even more iconic than the one before. Find a local guide who knows how to party like it's 1999 and be the night owl you were born to be.
There's only one reason you're traveling to Cleveland, and it's not for the sight seeing. No — you're headed to see Lebron James defy gravity and dunk on some poor, innocent bystander as you down overpriced drinks and pick fights with the rivals.
You spend months reading about the most popular places in every city you plan to visit, and one day, you'll see everything there is to see — whatever it takes. When you're ready for all that London has to offer, you need a guide who can keep up the pace.
For you, it's not really a vacation unless you're getting copious amounts of Vitamin D. The dazzling white glaciers and black sands of Iceland? Don't have to ask you twice... strap up those hiking boots!
When traveling, your goal is to enjoy each city as minimalistic as possible. Money can't buy your happiness, budget traveler. Find a local guide as frugal as you are — we promise it'll be worth every dime.
Standing in the same room that some of the world's most renowned artists once did — that gives you life. Fine art and the though of great museums all around the world make your heart skip a beat like no person ever could.