I joined TravBuddy – a website with the sole aim of bringing people together who have a passion for travel, and for them to share travel advice/stories/info with each other – a couple of weeks ago. The site has a vast number of members, all with varying levels of travel experience. Some have already been on several round the world solo trips, and have several notches in their passports. Others are building up to their maiden trip.
As well as the usual discussion forums, people can also keep blogs to record their travels. You can gain information about any travel destination; find reviews on hotels, restaurants and popular landmarks/sights; find fellow travel buddies (more on this later) and write your own reviews. There is a wealth of information available on the site, with pretty much every travel-related question i’ve had so far suitably answered by doing a simple search.
There is a strong sense of community in the forums, with everybody getting on very well. I’ve only just joined but have checked out the forums quite extensively and have yet to see any trolls or petty disagreements you usually see on these things. You can always be sure of being offered good advice in response to any queries/wonderments you post, and nobody is judgmental.
As highlighted earlier, one feature of the site is for people to connect and do some travelling together. Whether that be one complete trip, or just meeting up at a given destination and hanging out together for a while. My first post in the forums was in response to a post from a girl who was looking for somebody to travel to New York with in November. Though there’s no way I could do that, I looked at her ‘dream destinations’ list and saw we had some places in common. So, a few messages later, we have decided to meet up in Birmingham as a pre-cursor to a possible trip to Krakow if we feel we get on well enough. I’m looking forward to it.
I am more than happy to travel places on my own. I sometimes prefer it – you don’t have to compromise with anybody else, don’t have to think about anybody else or feel like you have to constantly have to be entertaining for anybody else. That might sound selfish, but that’s how it is with me 😉 However I think if you click with somebody you don’t need to worry about any of that. There is nothing better than having somebody with you during those special moments when you discover a great, unknown restaurant in your chosen destination, or experience an unforgettable sight. To turn to somebody and say “wow”, knowing that they are feeling exactly the same as you at that given moment.
So we’ll see what happens in Birmingham anyway 🙂