Amy Whitley is the founding editor of a great family travel blog called Pit Stops for Kids. She wrote about TRVL last week and even started her own travel booking website. This is her story.
I love the shift in travel to include so many peer-to-peer travel planning services. For instance, we use Airbnb and Uber regularly when we travel, both to save on our travel budget and to meet locals in the places to visit. New to this share-economy space is TRVL, a traveler-to-traveler booking website.
TRVL turns travelers into independent travel agents, the way Airbnb is turning home-owners into hosts. With TRVL, anyone can make recommendations and earn a commission. This concept intrigues me, because of a key truth in family travel: personal recommendations still win the day.
This concept intrigues me, because of a key truth in family travel: personal recommendations still win the day.
I think you all know what I mean: no matter how many guide books you read, professional travel blogs you bookmark, or pins you save, everyone still trusts the recommendations of their personal friends and family most. I know I do, and I know that my friends do. I receive phone calls and messages all the time from personal friends and relatives asking for my recommendations, person to person, even if those recommendations are publicly available on Pit Stops for Kids.
TRVL’s motto is “Together we’ve been everywhere.” By empowering travelers to share their best travel recommendations with each other and putting them in control, TRVL wants to make travel better. And when travel is better for families, kids will grow up to travel themselves, becoming global citizens.
I know many of you are savvy travelers, or have become savvy after a few family vacations of your own. I love the fact that you can now share your knowledge with others, and actually earn commission on that advice, should you want to. How does this work? You can actually set up your own travel booking website. As an example, I just set one up for Pit Stops for Kids.