‘PublicEarth’ Travel Guide

Guidebooks often miss local knowledge or juicy insider tips about a destination, leaving travelers to rely on word of mouth for off the beaten path adventures. PublicEarth, a new company out of Boulder, Colo., has built an online community site that marries a guidebook format with contributed insider tips from fellow travelers.

The PublicEarth Web site is touted to contain “little-known information from about five million locations around the world.” It has an online forum where travelers can share experiences and tips as well.

PublicEarth Web site

The site is still getting on its feet. But it has potential for travelers to connect and find the non-touristy places — the ones most of us want to find but often can’t. I even found a few places in Boulder, my home town, that I never knew about before the site.

PublicEarth is live and rapidly expanding with the help of locals and other travelers who know specific areas like the back of their hand. Contribute your own local knowledge or glean some off the group before your next trip. www.publicearth.com

—Ryan Dionne

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Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.

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