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Social Media Travel Tools

WeHostels Travel Site Makes Finding Friends at Your Hostel Easy

— December 1, 2011 — World
Traveling to the most beautiful and enchanting city can feel lackluster if done alone or without meeting interesting people along the way, but the WeHostels travel site provides a social media platform for travelers to meet before they arrive at their hostel. The novel idea is the first social site for hostel beds and couches. Travelers can log into Facebook and see what people are staying at the same hostel or hotel. The tool will allow users to plan trips and various other social outings before arrival with people they haven't met yet.

While it may sound slightly creepy to plan adventures with people you don't know, this is in fact a stellar way to have an IRL (in real life) conversation starter. People are not always outgoing in person and won't just start chatting with a person next to them when traveling; WeHostels travel website provides a perfect tool to find people with similar interests and start a conversation beforehand. It's a great use of Facebook data, because Facebook identities tend to mirror people's lives and by viewing their profiles travelers will have a sound representation of what they're getting into.

“We believe that travel is not only about the places, it’s also about the people,” says Saez-Gil, one of the creators of Inbed Me travel site. “That’s why we wanted to create a platform to facilitate these connections.”
Trend Themes
1. Social Media Travel - The WeHostels travel site exemplifies the trend of using social media platforms to connect travelers and facilitate real-life interactions.
2. Hostel Networking - The WeHostels travel site taps into the growing trend of connecting hostel travelers online, providing opportunities for meeting like-minded individuals before arrival.
3. Pre-travel Planning - The WeHostels travel site caters to the trend of travelers wanting to plan their trips and social outings in advance, allowing users to connect with potential travel companions.
Industry Implications
1. Travel and Tourism - The WeHostels travel site disrupts the travel and tourism industry by leveraging social media to enhance the travel experience and facilitate social connections for hostel travelers.
2. Social Networking - The WeHostels travel site disrupts the social networking industry by offering a focused platform for travelers to connect and plan trips together, based on shared interests and accommodations.
3. Online Hospitality - The WeHostels travel site disrupts the online hospitality industry by providing a unique service that combines accommodation booking with social networking, allowing travelers to connect with potential roommates and plan activities.
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