The World's Best Free Stuff
© Jennifer Lamb
Get the inside track on a city from someone who knows it best—a local. These volunteers truly want to show off their town, and won’t demand a tip or force you into a tchotchke store. And some places, like New York City, throw in free public transportation. A typical visit lasts anywhere from two hours or more, and greeters can be scheduled via e-mail or telephone. Most programs ask that you arrange a visit several weeks or one month before arrival.
Where: New York City, Fairbanks, Toronto, Chicago, Paris, Melbourne, Buenos Aires, Houston, Kent, England, Adelaide, Nantes, France. And new greeters programs are continually cropping up around the world.