Learn more about "Social Travelling"
- a new and different way of traveling. The trend, also known as “Travel 2.0.” was first introduced in December 2003, and is an offshoot of the Web 2.0 phenomenon.
Due to social networks like Facebook the internet has become increasingly “socialized,” a trend that has greatly affected the travel industry. More than 87% of travelers use the internet to plan their trips, but today people just don’t want to book their travel trips, they want to interact. These individuals are social travelers, and using the internet they look for local travel advice, they compare prices to find cheap transportation and accommodation, and they connect with travel companions – sometimes long before their trips begin. For social travelers the internet is a place where they can share pictures and stories with friends at home or other travelers they meet from around the world.
A social traveler is very different from the average tourist. Typically a social traveler avoids hotels or other expensive accommodation, they are not focused on visiting the main tourist attractions , but instead tries to find local “secrets”, they taste local foods, like to get involved by learning other languages, and adapt to local customs and traditions. In this way social travelers enjoy many advantages compared to the “average tourist”.
Advantages of Social Traveling
One advantage of social travelling is that social travelers often get far more for less money because they travel on a budget. The average tourists may overspend on transportation and hotels, while the social traveler will find cheap or even free accommodation. Social travelers arrange to stay with international hosts who they connect with on travel social networks
Staydu before they depart. Depending on the host, social travelers may enjoy free local cuisine, internet usage, use of a washing machine, and television all while enjoying themselves in a new atmosphere. Instead of squeezing like sardines into the hotel pool or wasting hard earned cash on overpriced meals, social travelers discover off the beaten path or non-tourist beaches, traditional pubs, and truly local spots.
Social Travel vs. Average Travel
Social travelers find free or cheap accommodation, and work exchange opportunities for accommodation with international hosts. However, if you choose to pay, you can save a lot of money by staying with hosts during your travels instead of at pricy hotels. Here are some average hotel prices (source: hotels.com) compared to a few typical Staydu offers:
Staydu provides all the services you'll need to travel socially. You can plan trips, visit locals, join a
on his trip, and share your experiences to our community in the travel magazine
. With a profile on Staydu social traveling doesn’t end with your trip. As a host or as a social traveler you can benefit from inviting travelers into your home or by staying with locals. Whether you need help with your rent, you want to learn another language, you need help at home or you are interested in learning about another culture, there are travelers and hosts for you to connect with on Staydu.
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