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‘Trippy’ Travel Site Gives Vacation Advice You Might Actually Use

J.R. Johnson, Trippy's founder and CEO

Traveling is fun, but planning a trip can be stressful — especially when it involves hours of scouring TripAdvisor reviews, trying desperately to find a piece of information that’s helpful to your particular situation.

That’s the problem that travel site Trippy is trying to solve. Founded in 2011, the site relaunched last April as a place where users can post specific questions regarding their upcoming trips, and knowledgeable members of the Trippy community can offer up helpful suggestions. Read More

App for That

Travel App Lets Users Create Their Own Tours — And Get Paid

A sample Stray Boots tour. (Stray Boots)

Stray Boots, the travel app that lets you download interactive tours, is now making room for user-generated content.

Founder Avi Millman started the company back in 2009, after a family trip to Rome.

“We were visiting a bunch of different locations like the Pantheon, the Colosseum — I felt like I was sort of on a scavenger hunt, checking spots off on my list,” he told Betabeat. “It struck me that tour guide experiences are just extremely passive experiences, and not particularly social. If you could turn exploring a city into a game, you could make it a lot more fun, engaging and social.” Read More

Work-Life Shmalence

A Month At a Time: Why I Quit Travelling And Started Living Mini-Lives

The author poses with his book in Buenos Aires.

I have a confession. Are you ready for this? I feel like you’re going to judge me.

Okay, well here goes…I don’t really like traveling.

I feel like I’m the only person. It seems everyone fantasizes about quitting their job and traveling around the world, sleeping in hostels with all of their possessions on their back—and I’d be shocked if I ever saw an online dating profile that didn’t mention traveling.

But to me, it’s not that great. Read More

startup rundown

Startup Rundown: 3D Printing Puts Birdhouse Makers Out of Work, and High-Tech Underwear Gets a Boost

Check out the winning 3D-printed birdhouse creation. Can we move in?

MakerBot spreads its wings It looks like the future of 3D printing is heading skyward—literally. MakerBot’s Thingiverse.com recently hosted the Birdhouse Challenge, wherein more than 160 competitors used the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer to make some serious avian swag. Top entries included a birdhouse shaped like the turret of a medieval Read More

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New Site Helps You Realize Your Dream of Sharing a Hotel Room With a Gross Stranger

That empty bed could be a stranger's. (Photo: Examiner)

If the threat of semen-soaked remote controls, bed bugs and USA Today being your only newspaper option didn’t scare you away from hotel stays, Easynest may turn you into a homebody: The new website matches you with complete strangers with whom you can share your room.

Since the sharing economy hasn’t reached its peak yet, the free Read More