At a time when millions are jetting away, anxious to begin their study abroad, startup Trippeze has begun a journey of its own to help students make the most of their overseas experience.
"It is our firm belief that the success of a trip is often decided more by who you're with than where you are or what you do," Trippeze CEO Jon Saft told Elite Daily. "So our main focus is allowing our users to connect with all their friends all over the world."
Trippeze is a service designed to eliminate the hassle that accompanies planing various trips with friends scattered all over the world during their semesters overseas, tailored to make the experience of coordinating trips a much easier process for students who are far from home and eager to pack in as many great trips as possible.
"A user comes to the site and is asked to sign up for an account. After signing up for the site, either through Facebook or through a unique Trippeze registration, the user now has a personal travel calendar," said Saft. "From here, the user can either start adding trips to the travel calendar or start looking through other people's calendars to see what everyone else is up to."
While the idea may seem fairly straightforward, especially during the early stages of the company's existence, Trippeze taps into a demographic that Saft says has been underserved. Now, his company is looking to fill that void with content specifically relevant to this niche.
"Currently, there is really no other trip planning site out there that speaks directly to the study abroad market," the CEO said. "Everything in our blogs and travel guides is written by students, for students, giving us a leg up on sites like TripAdvisor or Yelp. "We view this as a way to get our foot in the door, a way to bring the study abroad market in, and once the users are there and see the rest of their friends there, the community will set us apart."
While the company aims to serve the multitude of students who study abroad each year, Saft says he's not focused merely on enlarging a pool of users. Moving forward, Trippeze plans to add a variety of features, expanding the company's faculties to enhance every user's experience, further ensuring that all students enjoy a top notch semester abroad.
"The ultimate goal of the company is to become the go-to resource for planning trips, from start to finish," Saft said. "Right now, we are focused on the beginning stages of the trip planning process, specifically helping our users decide where they should go, when they should go, and what they should do. "Eventually, we would also like to be able to help students finish the process by allowing our users to book flights, hotels/hostels, and entertainment in the quickest and easiest way possible."
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