Hey gang – BootsnAll has been working hard on a pretty great project, and now it’s time to let you in on the scoop. In short? It’s called the BootsnAll Traveler Connect, and it may just change the way you travel. Here’s the skinny:
While Facebook allows you to connect easily with people you already know, the BootsnAll Traveler Connect will help you connect with people you haven’t met yet. Here’s how it works: sign up and input your current destination and upcoming trips. You can then find someone who is a local in one of the destinations you’ll be traveling to, and ask them questions about their hometown. Want to know the best place for breakfast or where the best place to stay is? Just send them a note. You can even meet up with your new connection for coffee or beer once you arrive. Likewise, once you’ve identified yourself as a local in a specific place, you may be contacted for travel advice.
Of course, an application like this is only as good as the people that use it, so please sign up, and if you have friends or family who enjoy travel and would benefit and enjoy connecting with others, please share it with them. We think meeting people is one of the best parts of travel and think that using the BootsnAll Traveler Connect can help you get the inside scoop on a place, connect with some locals who live there and have some unique experiences not found in any guidebook.
Now, you may think I’m biased, but I have to say it’s a pretty cool tool. Here are some of the reasons why I think the BootsnAll Traveler Connect is going to become a go-to source for your travels:
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It’s on Facebook.
There’s no new site to learn how to navigate, no new place asking for your details, no password to remember. Log in through Facebook, and boom – you’re in. And because as far as I can tell everyone is on Facebook all the time, chances are BootsnAll Traveler Connect is not going to be gathering dust in a corner. People are going to be using it all the time, and you’ll be able to give and get travel tips, tricks and secrets right away.
Just enter a short bio, where you live and where you’re going – whether it’s for vacation, visiting relatives over the holidays, a dream destination or even just a long layover. BootsnAll Traveler Connect does the rest.
Because BootsnAll Traveler Connect is all about direct interaction, you’re not going to get outdated info. Want to know if this restaurant is still open, or if that museum is closed for repairs? Just ask someone who lives there!
I personally know at least six people for whom this is going to be the huge selling point. I can’t tell you how many times I have had friends, family and readers ask me my opinion on something because they read an “unbiased” review somewhere, and they didn’t trust it. Now, you can not only ask for advice, but follow up – and maybe even make a friend to hang out with when you get there!
The other day, I was on the phone with my cousin who’s taking a Mediterranean cruise. The cruise line gave him a ton of great information, but he still came to me with very specific questions that he knew I’d be able to help him with, because I’d been to some of the places he was going to. There’s absolutely no substitute for on-the-ground sources for travel, and BootsnAll Traveler Connect is a direct beeline to those people who can answer your questions.
Have you ever been chatting with a friend, and they tell you they just came back from a place you’ve been to? Inevitably you wind up saying, “I wish I had known you were going – I could have filled you in!” Now you can share your inside information – and you can get those crucial tips, right before you go, so you don’t miss a thing.
What are you waiting for? Sign up now, and start planning your next trip!