Travel is that intangible, transformational experience that explorers all over the world lust after. We all travel for different reasons and our travel experiences change us each in a myriad of ways. The act of traveling is fundamental to our internal development and our understanding of the outside world. This we know as humans who love to travel, who adore exploring a new destination, who live for finding unknown spots, off the typical tourist path. But how do we get to experience travel in this way, as authentically and uniquely as possible? Tiplr is reimagining what travel guides are, with smart travel tips for today’s digital age. Read on to discover why you need to be a part of the revolution.
1. Planning Travel Can Be a Chore
Planning a trip can be exhilarating and exhausting. Many of us enjoy the research of investigating a new destination and devouring every ounce of travel information out there, and the worst possible feeling is discovering that this newfound knowledge is untrue, out of date, or biased in some way. Unfortunately, this happens far too often in the review based travel industry that has sprouted up in the last 20 years with the rise of Tripadvisor and Yelp. The evolution of technology has been a blessing and a curse. While it’s great that we can connect with people all around the world, in some instances, there’s a total oversaturation of bad travel information. Weeding through the muck and finding those special nuggets that will make all the difference in your travels is a necessary evil.
One pain point of travel planning is finding quality travel information and then having an easy method to save this information. If you’re a planner like me, I’m sure you’ve exhausted yourself with Google docs, emails, iPhone notes, reminders, and lists. Last year, while planning a two-week road trip through England and Scotland, I nearly lost my mind. Imagine having everything organized in one place before you even take off for the airport. Rejoice fellow typeas! With a tool like Tiplr, this phase of planning can be truly enjoyable. One platform for all of the travel tips you need.
2. Traditional Guidebooks Don’t Cut it Anymore, Sorry Lonely Planet
Of course, you can always go the tried and true way of a travel guidebook. They’re written by talented, verified writers, who spend hours researching and experiencing their material firsthand. The downside, however, is unless you have the goal of carrying an extra bag for books, or you don’t mind using an edition from five years ago, guidebooks just aren’t as practical as they used to be. Not in the digital world anyway. Furthermore, highlighting and saving the travel tips that
you want from a book is not an easy task. Guidebooks can be fantastic resources but our society moves much faster than print media, and this traditional approach struggles to keep up.
3. The Oversaturation of Bad, Inaccurate, Biased, or Just Plain Boring Travel Content
How many times have you clicked on an article titled something like “The Coolest Things to do in New York City” and been let down? Do we need another reminder that you can ice skate at Rockefeller Center or spend an afternoon sunbathing in Central Park? Those types of travel tips are a dime a dozen, and we should expect, receive, and contribute, better.
Scrolling through Instagram can surely peak your wanderlust, but how many times do you come across an influencer staying at a hotel you could never afford to stay at? Or a beautiful photo with zero location information and a vague caption?
How about reviews that are completely misleading whether they mean to be or not? I’ll never forget reading about one hike in Arizona that I wanted to do with my sister. You would have thought we were climbing Everest by the way people wrote about it online. In truth, neither of us was in Ironman shape and we completely easily and totally enjoyed ourselves. These are not the tools we need to travel smarter and better.
4. You Want to be a Part of a Community
To expand on the last point, often you find travel tips online that are just not “you”. You find bloggers that are not your type of traveler. They’re being paid to write about the Ritz Carlton while you’re on a hostel or Airbnb budget. For one reason or another, many travel writers or authorities out there just aren’t relatable. Enter a community of smart travelers. This group of explorers thrives on traveling authentically and helping others do the same, whatever that means for them.
We’re all different travelers. Some of us wouldn’t be caught dead in a hostel, while others will try any foreign delicacy from any food cart. Tiplr can be the ultimate travel tool for both. This is because you become part of a diverse community filled with diverse travelers. You may relate to Laura, who graduated from college in the United Kingdom and spent the next year working and living abroad in New Zealand. You may love the content of Andre, who is originally from Brazil but has lived and traveled everywhere from South Africa to Russia. You may have a family of your own and relate to Crystal, who is now traveling with a toddler in tow. Whether you identify as a backpacker, budget traveler, solo traveler, a combination of all or somewhere in between, there’s content from other smart travelers to help.
While traveling, some of our best memories or experiences revolve around the people we meet, locals and other travelers alike. Those interactions and the travel tips shared are truly priceless. This community aspect is what drives Tiplr.
5. Do More Than Find Places to Eat and Sights to See
There are many sources for finding top sights and the hottest restaurants in town, but there’s more to travel than that. Not only can explorers find where to go and what to eat, but where to stay, how to get there, and what essentials they need to have a successful trip. What about the essential tips you need to understand the culture, prepare the proper documentation or find transportation? Sure, reading about booking a ferry isn’t as sexy as the newest celebrity eatery featured in Conde? Nast, but finding the right website to book that ferry will make all the difference while cruising around the Aegean Sea.
Tiplr has it all, from travel tips about secret swimming holes to tips on how to pack, to where to find the best pizza in town, and which hotel or rental property will give you the most bang for your buck
When you boil it down, the challenge is finding the best of what you come across on a blog, with reliable published travel information, and unique travel tips from fellow travelers like yourself, all in one place. Tiplr is that one place, packaging it all into one platform, accessible at the touch of a button, from anywhere in the world.
6. Create Your Own Travel Guides!
With Tiplr, planning and executing the perfect trip does not have to be painful. All of the travel tips you find can be easily saved and organized, unburdening you from shared docs and maps. Search for all of the essentials you need, the restaurants you can’t wait to try, and the places you plan to stay, then save them with one click.
Once you’ve searched to your heart’s content, you can create your very own guidebook. Forget buying PDFs of digital guides or highlighting and dog-earring guidebooks, you are fully in charge. No longer do you have to weed through hundreds of reviews to find the few sentences that will help your experience. Save a travel tip from your friend who just came from Iceland, one from a blogger you love, and a few from a professional Bradt writer. Next thing you know, you’ll be relaxing in a hidden hotpot or gazing up at the Northern Lights.