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Social Media Meets Travel Sites: Find A Travel Partner

During a recent discussion and research project with a friend, I came across some interesting new “social travel” sites. As social media, social sharing, and mobile media has taken off in recent months, the travel industry has continued to develop web applications which connect fellow travelers. New sites such as IGoUGo and TravBuddy are bridging the gap between adventure travel and social networks. Here are a few interesting sites I stumbled across. in the coming weeks, I’ll be posting notes as I explore each.

Sailing with close friends in Belize, 2009

  • I Go U Go
    • “IgoUgo travel reviews and photos will spark your wanderlust and help you plan your next adventure—and, we hope, inspire you to share your own experiences.”
  • Travel Daddy
    • “TravelDaddy.com is a social networking site for travel enthusiasts to find travel buddies and share travel experiences.”
  • Trav Buddy
  • Travel Chums
    • TravelChums will help you find like-minded travel companions whose personalities, interests, and travel plans mesh with yours.
  • Adventure Exchange
    • The Adventurexchange database enables you to match your availability, physical ability and vacation expectations with other adventurous people who have already posted their details on theAdventurexchange database, in order to realise your ultimate trip.
  • Travel Friend Australia
    • Travelfriend.com.au is one of the fastest growing travel companions websites. If you looking for a travel partner to
      travel within Australia or overseas and don’t have someone
      to travel with, Travelfriend.com.au can help you find that travel
      mate you looking for.
  • Digi Hitch
    • Hitchhiking, rail & road travel -the site of subcultural movement
  • Couch Surfing
    • CouchSurfing members share hospitality with one another. These exchanges are a uniquely rich form of cultural interaction. Hosts have the opportunity to meet people from all over the world without leaving home. “Surfers,” or travelers, are able to participate in the local life of the places they visit. We also give more people the chance to become travelers, because “surfing” lowers the financial cost of exploration.
    • (My personal favorite – I’ve couchsurfed with great people all over the world!)
Couchsurfing in Blondos, Iceland

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