Today I’m excited to share with you a super secret project that I’ve been working on with my boyfriend. But first, a little story.
Before I started blogging I had no idea about the wealth of information available online in the form of travel blogs. Sure, I knew a few of the major bloggers: Nomadic Matt, Chris Guillebeau of The Art of Nonconformity, and 20 Something Travel, among others.
When I was living in Budapest and country hopping a lot, I was frustrated by the search options and the inability to find what I was looking for. You enter your search terms, but only generic sites come up all covering the same basic things to see and do. When I went to Serbia, for example there was so little information available beyond Tripadvisor and generic lists. I wanted something more. I wanted to see first hand experiences from people like me who were discovering unique and interesting things as they traveled.
Since joining the traveling blogging world, I’ve discovered that there are so many other fantastic blogs, small and large, creating great content and sharing fantastic first hand experiences. And yet, they are so difficult to find. For example, put in “things to do in Vancouver” into Google and you’re hit with so many results from TripAdvisor, About.com, Lonely Planet and local tourism agencies. All good resources in their own right, but sometimes, you need more details. You want to know beyond just the basics and the small blurbs available. You want to see whether or not that experience is right for you.
I saw this as a frustrating problem and started thinking. Travel planning can be a daunting task and information is scattered across so many places. What if it were all in one place?
A curated travel directory linking you to the best travel stories on the web to help inspire you to go on your next trip.
How is eyeCanGo different?
There are plenty of lists available on top travel blogs, but it’s a big pain to have to search through all of them for your destination. Instead, with eyeCanGo, you can find everything in one location, with one search.
This is a platform built by travel bloggers for travel bloggers. We hope that it will help bloggers get their blog posts seen by more people. People who are researching for upcoming trips, people who want to do some armchair traveling or people who just want to connect with other like-minded travelers.
Essentially it is a cross between a search engine and Pinterest.
How can you get involved?
We want to build an active community of travelers where you can see what other travelers are doing around the world and if you’re a blogger, to share your personal adventures. We want to share quality, first hand experiences from independent bloggers.
Signing up is quick and easy. Because we’re still in the beginning stages, we’re looking for feedback as well. Is there a feature you’d like to see or something doesn’t look right to you? Let me know.
What’s in it for you?
If you’re a traveler, use the directory to help plan your travels. Create an account and save posts that you find useful.
If you’re a blogger, then hopefully, lots and lots of eyes on your travel adventures and your blog. We officially launched on August 1, just over a week ago, and we’ve already received close to a thousand pageviews in 10 days. Through advertising and partnerships, we’re getting the word out to travel bloggers and travel enthusiasts, and soon the number of users and page views will grow.
We see eyeCanGo becoming a place where people come to do research on their travels and to see what exciting adventures they have at their destinations. I would love if you would join me and help this site grow into a fabulous resource for travelers and bloggers alike.
So come sign up, add your blog posts and search around. See you there!
Does this sound like something you would use? Are there any immediate concerns you have? Do you see any missing features? Let me know your thoughts. We built this for you guys and want you to be happy in using it so any kind of feedback is great.
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