Zipskeeās Open Beta Connects Travelers with Locals to Build Authentic Experiences & Friendships Wherever You Are
Online PR News – 21-July-2016 – DENVER, Colo – Travelers all over the globe are rapidly embracing the new trend of living like locals, rather than being ordinary tourists who flock to well-publicized destinations, attractions, and restaurants. This summer, travelers can locate and connect with locals and others seeking authentic experiences through the new travel site, Zipskee, launched today. Zipskee gives both travelers and locals the option to build genuine friendships with one another while discovering non-touristy activities, locations, and culture that are only experienced by local residents.
āWhile traveling in Austria, I wanted a deeper cultural experience. I had one Austrian friend who was gracious enough to show me the real Austria, and I thought, āHow great would it be if everyone had a friend like that in every city they visited?āā said Evan Hung, CEO & Co-Founder of Zipskee. āAnd so, Zipskee was created to fill this gap. With Zipskee, users can find more meaningful experiences with local guides or other travelers looking to learn about a destination outside of whatās in their guidebook ā all while making unforgettable lifelong friendships.ā
Now with Zipskee, users can explore the hidden gems of a city through its people. Local foodies can share their cuisine, multi-generational residents can teach their cityās history, and hometown photographers can show off their favorite scenic spots. With Zipskee, you really can have a friend wherever you go.
Hereās how it works: Users can create an account with their email and password (Facebook login will soon be made available). Travelers and guides set up a profile that includes a profile photo, description, languages spoken, and interests. Based on this information, users will be matched with others who share the same passions. Users can set their status between ātravelingā or āguidingā and also update their current city to help other users find them. To make connections, users type in cities and even landmarks into Zipskeeās search to find travelers and guides in the area. Once connected, travelers and guides can easily communicate over Zipskeeās intuitive chat system, where users can ask for recommendations or even to meet-up ā email notifications then let users know when theyāve received a messages. Zipskee values each userās safety, and with ratings and reviews posted to every userās profile, others can feel safe and excited to find connections right for them.
āThe world is filled with amazing people, beautiful landscapes, and unique experiences ā yet in such a well-connected world, it shouldnāt be so difficult for travelers to connect with locals or other travelers to genuinely experience a destination. With Zipskee, it no longer needs to be a challenge,ā said Hung.
Zipskee is currently available via a desktop and mobile optimized website. Zipskeeās Android and iOS app will launch later this summer. Additional features to be added include a city search option for local events and the capability to integrate with GPS to intuitively update users from a traveler to a guide and vice versa as they change cities.
To start traveling with new friends this summer, visit www.zipskee.com and become a traveler or guide for your city.
Zipskee was founded in 2015 to connect travelers and locals around the world with the belief that people make the culture, and connecting with culture is the best part of traveling. After raising capital, the platform launched in July 2016, allowing users to share recommendations, arrange meet ups, and experience the real side of a destination that can only be achieved when meeting locals. Zipskeeās mission is to make it easy to make friends wherever you go. To learn more, visit www.zipskee.com and to follow on social media, visit Zipskee (Facebook), @Zipskee (Twitter), and Zipskee (Instagram)