Frequently asked questions
A Hero is a local travel expert who uses their on the ground knowledge and local insights to research, recommend and assist with things like food suggestions, local tips, lodging, offline map navigation, and much more—all for an unparalleled travel experience. Your Hero will help plan your trip every step of the way and will help you uncover hidden gems that you otherwise may not have discovered.
Yes, our Heroes either currently live or have lived a significant amount of time in the country. Additionally, they regularly travel all over the country, building connections not only in their city of residence but throughout the entire country to aid in their trip planning.
Yes, once you submit your request, we send you a follow-up form where you can share as much or as little info about your trip as you want. This will help your Hero further customize your trip. Once you receive your personalized travel guidebook, you’re welcome to request edits and updates as needed.
Our Heroes go through a rigorous interview and training process. Most of them have many years of successful experience planning trips and comprehensive knowledge of the entire country. Additionally, we show ratings and reviews for our Heroes on their profile.
We are successful only when our travelers are happy with their experience. That’s why we’re focused day in and day out on making sure that our Heroes provide the best possible trip planning service, tailored to each traveler’s unique requirements. They don’t favor certain hotels, certain tour guides, or certain destinations; the Heroes simply try to make sure that what they propose is the best fit for you.
We aim to be as transparent as possible by showing ratings and reviews for all our Heroes—good or bad. If a Hero makes a poor recommendation, you’ll see that represented in the reviews. We do not filter reviews; they are input by the customer themselves.
If you would like to have a tour guide for any portion of your trip, your Hero can certainly recommend one and arrange this for you. Our Heroes themselves don’t serve as your guides, but rather, they work with you every step of the way to create a personalized guidebook that you can take with you in an offline app. Our Heroes are all travel fanatics who love their home turf and want to share their travel secrets with you—and some happen to be tour guides outside of ViaHero! Occasionally, the Hero and traveler will arrange to meet during the trip, although this is outside of the ViaHero service.
You will communicate with your Hero via email leading up to your trip. Once you receive your personalized travel guidebook from ViaHero, you can continue to work with your Hero to ask questions and request any changes. You can also choose to stay connected with your Hero via on-the-ground phone support during your trip.
ViaHero is a new way to plan travel. ViaHero connects you with local experts—Heroes—who will plan a completely unique trip for you. They use your preferences and specific trip needs to create a rich, fully personalized travel guidebook that runs in an app on your iOS or Android phone—online or offline—everywhere you go. In addition to itinerary recommendations, the Heroes assist with things like booking research, arranging transportation, making restaurant reservations, and building custom maps for offline navigation on mobile.
We have a 100% money back guarantee. None of our Heroes take commissions, so they are only incentivized to do what's right for you. You can read what other travelers have said about our Heroes in the review section of their profile.
ViaHero is a team of passionate travelers who think you should have access to a local before your trip. You can learn more about our team here.
On average, it takes about 1-2 weeks for a Hero to build a trip. Once you submit your request, your Hero will send over a preliminary outline to get your approval before building everything out in the app. The sooner you agree on a preliminary outline, the sooner your Hero can complete the trip. If you’re in a last-minute pinch, drop us an email at email@example.com after you submit your request. We’ll let you know within the hour if we’re able to meet your deadline, and we’ll connect you directly with a Hero.
Yes. You’ll have offline access to your personalized guidebook in the app, plus offline access to your custom maps, on iOS or Android. This means you’ll be able to navigate to all of your Hero’s recommendations, which are highlighted on the map, plus any place that exists in Google Maps—all offline! Pro-tip: While traveling, turn off your data but make sure the GPS on your mobile device is turned on to be able to see your blue location dot on the map. Since your maps are all pre-loaded onto the app, you won't need any wifi or data to navigate.
For anything that does not require a credit card, the Hero will arrange and reserve a booking for you. Typically this involves drivers, tour guides, dinner reservations and other non-credit card bookings. For anything that requires a credit card upfront, the Hero provides direct links to book—all you have to do is enter your credit card information to complete the booking.