If you travel and/or hike and haven't heard of Lokely, I would strongly suggest to check it out! They offer both a comprehensive website and app that you can download to your phone. According to their website, they are a global team of people passionate about helping others explore the world in uniquely authentic ways. They believe there are endless discoveries all around us, at home, abroad, and around every corner that they want to unlock for our friends and community. They build open communities where like-minded people can quickly and easily share recommendations about the places they've experienced around the world. From where to get the best tacos in San Diego or visiting Skaftafell National Park in Iceland, there's a ton of information, pictures, blog, etc. to dig through. It's pretty amazing.
Brian reached out to us and wanted to share this amazing community they have built with the Hike It Off tribe. So I figured we would start with a proper introduction! We also plan to share more of Brian's hiking blogs in the future, so stay tuned :)
Jaime: How did your blog/website start? What was your inspiration?
Brian: We started the idea behind our blog a couple of years ago when a friend of mine called me up about the amazing experience he'd just had traveling in Buenos Aires. He had connected with a local through a mutual friend and ended up getting personalized tips during his entire trip. When he got back he called me immediately and said lets find a way to connect travelers with the best local information so they can stop searching through bad reviews and skip to the good stuff. Ever since then we've been working on connecting people with the best local advice, hikes, recommendations, and sites around the world.
Jaime: What is your favorite "go to" trail?
Jaime: What hike is on your bucket list?
Brian: We have a great guest post from a friend who hiked (and proposed on) the Alta Via 2. The photos are amazing, but don't do it justice. We can't wait to check that one off too.
Jaime: What advice do you have for someone just starting out hiking?
Brian: Start small & always have fun. We live in San Diego and so we're lucky enough to have tons of quick hikes all around us. ALWAYS make sure you plan ahead and be prepared. Embarrassingly enough we've miscalculated how much water to pack before and can tell you from experience, it isn't fun :)
Jaime: What is one thing you always carry in your backpack (besides the 10 essentials)?
Brian: A camera! (or phone). We love photography and don't have the best memories so snapping a couple pics along the way is always key!
Jaime: What does "Hike It Off" mean to you?
Brian: Ever since I was a little kid I've retreated to the woods to get away from whatever stresses I may have. When I hear "Hike it Off" I immediately think saying goodbye to the daily grind and reconnecting with the best stress reliever there is, nature.
Jaime: What do you have planned for your blog/website in the future?
Brian: We're going to keep posting about amazing travels, hikes, and local knowledge to help our friends experience the best of their own town or wherever they may be abroad. We also launched a partner site and app to help people find even more. Check us out! https://lokely.co/
Brian: Keep it up Hike it Off! For all you readers out there shoot me a message if you ever need any recommendations!