VOLO connects travelers with locals for authentic experiences at offbeat destinations. Locals can show off their cities and earn cash!
VOLO connects travelers with locals for authentic experiences at offbeat destinations. Locals can show off their cities and earn cash! Read more
About this project
VOLO is a new way to gather the best traveling tips from locals themselves. Get trustworthy advice on how to plan your trip and even meet a cool local once you arrive. Truly experience the city in a whole new way.
TRAVELERS: Never again feel like an outsider at your travel destination. Instead, meet locals and make friends wherever you go. VOLO helps travelers connect to locals who are happy to show you their hometown. Gain a variety of tips from packing to navigation to local secrets. Not sure where to visit? What food is authentic? How to get somewhere? Who better to ask than locals who know the city like the back of their hands.
LOCALS: Everyone can be a local. The insider knowledge of your city is valuable! Show some love for your city and earn some money by helping foreign travelers navigate your city. Simply connect with local businesses nearby, share the business/service with travelers you meet, and earn a commission. Best of all, meet travelers from across the world.
LOCAL BUSINESSES: Grow your business by increasing exposure through word of mouth. Partner up with locals around your area who can personally suggest your business to foreign travelers for a commission. Through VOLO, you can make worthwhile investments to create a bigger presence for your business.
I’m a local, how to sign up?
Great, shoot us an email at email@example.com. Tell us your expertise, how long you've been there, what you do for a living and your zip code. We'll be sure to reach out!
What's your timeline?
April 2016 - Idea founded, began researching need.
May 2016 - Initial research proved very successful :)
June 2016 - Finalized UI, beginning development.
September 2016 - Release iOS app domestically with a few popular cities.
December 2016 - Release app worldwide with more cities supported.
Note that the US (as the travel destination) is our target market.
Who is behind Volo?
- Lynn, Designer
- Prabhav, Product Engineer
- Natalie, Operations
- Kandarp, Development
Shoutout to the Interaction Design Startup Studio at UC San Diego!
We would love your support...
Help us help you get more out of traveling. We love traveling and seeing new places. Most of all, we enjoy experiencing the true culture of places we travel to. We would be thrilled to have a friend everywhere we visit. And with VOLO, we can make this possible. Join us on this journey to change travel forever.
Risks and challenges
Our best efforts to develop VOLO could be met with some expected and unexpected challenges. Unforeseen issues involving the development process, business logistics, or other difficulties may delay our application release. Furthermore, the biggest risk would be to encourage the initial set of locals to be interested. We plan to conduct additional field research and service enactment to address this concern. In doing so, we can possibly find additional ways to incentivize locals and local businesses.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter