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Travello app connects travelers with like-minded souls on the go

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There are countless apps for travelers, but the majority focus on hotel reservations, tourist attractions, and guides, but are not designed for connecting with other like-minded travelers.

If you have ever traveled abroad, then you know that beyond all things touristy, you want to know where the hidden attractions are that you can’t find in a brochure. You want to know what local deals are available that you can’t find on a website because usually the best gems are in tucked-away places that don’t need to advertise.

The only way to get all the inside information is to network. There are countless websites and apps that provide some of the services, but there’s one in particular that is separating itself from the rest by creating a “global village” for you to connect with kindred, traveling souls.

Travello is like the LinkedIn for travelers where you can connect, send updates, and find out what’s going on at your intended destination. It works just as well for planning before you travel, or if you’re already off the beaten path.

The app, which is available for iOS and Android, has about 1K downloads per week and is perfect for the social media generation.

Travelers Unite!

One of the greatest aspects of traveling, especially if you’re a backpacker, digital nomad, or even an expat is the opportunity to meet exciting new people that are sharing in the same adventure as you. I don’t know how many times I’ve checked into a hostel in another country and wanted to connect with others, but I could never tell if they spoke my language or not.

Being an introvert, I would have to get a few drinks in me before daring to approach anyone, and that would either turn out to be a great experience or a very awkward one.

With Travello, I could find out who speaks English around me, what they’ve discovered about the town so far, and we could even plan some excursions together because that’s what you do when you travel — you meet new people and since neither of you have ever been to the place, you go out exploring together.

However, getting to know someone, or getting the courage to talk to someone you’ve seen sloshing about in their underwear at 3AM in a hostel can take days to muster. Instead of sitting in the beer-encrusted bean bag chair, scoping out the place like it was a stakeout, trying to find that perfect travel-buddy, you can now be certain who shares your same interests and start chatting with them right away on Travello.

According to TripAdvisor, “90% of US travelers say they use their mobile phones on vacation,” and this is especially true for millennials.

Millennials:  Going Somewhere New
18 to 34 years old, do not have any children under 18

  • Most likely to be saving up for travel: when asked why they would spend more on travel this year, 46% of millennials said they had been “saving up for it.”
  • More likely than other life stages to visit a place they have never been before (81%) and to choose a travel destination based on local events (31%)
  • Highly influenced by travel blogs (52%) and travel related photos on social media sites (47%)

But Travello is not just for young backpackers in their gap year, the platform is also catered to the more refined, and experienced travelers as well. Maybe you just want to know which exotic flowers are in bloom in Colombia this time of year and where the best local gardens are? Perhaps you’re traveling with your significant other and want first hand accounts of romantic getaways that you’d never otherwise be able to find online?

For Travello, it’s all about connecting and making the traveling experience better. It’s all about removing the awkwardness and social issues by actually meeting like minded travelers before you go anywhere. You can put your trip into the app and it will show you who is going to the same places at the same time – and you can start chatting with them.

4 Comments

  1. Great app! Not sure what the complaining is about.. I’ve had no issues. I had to re-download this to an android device after my iphone died – I was a bit concerned with all the crashing comments, but it works fine. Also, the concept is great, of course!

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Tim Hinchliffe
Tim Hinchliffe is a veteran journalist whose passions include writing about how technology impacts society and Artificial Intelligence. He prefers writing in-depth, interesting features that people actually want to read. Previously, he worked as a reporter for the Ghanaian Chronicle in West Africa, and Colombia Reports in South America. tim@sociable.co