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About

The world is entering an age of independance. More and more, people are straying from the beaten path, and finding their own way. No longer are people bound by social stigmas such as "staying in college", "owning a property", "have a steady job", "living in just one place". More and more people are realizing that travel is happiness. Traveling the world might be a clichè of a dream, but for good reason. For diferent people, it means different things. Adventure in an average life, expanding cultural knowledge, making new friends, meeting old friends, being anonymous and emotionally independant, and of course, self discovery.

And in many cases, the pull one feels from a far away place, that calling, is enough to make them step out their door. But many of us dream of places that are harder to reach. And in this world, distance still equals money. So lots of travellers at heart can't fulfill their dreams, and some will never know how much they love to travel. 

Now, I need you to think about something, about the money you might give away to a stranger who might say that it's for a trip. And all they want is 1 dollar. You might give it to them. Even though you might never know if that was true, or what your money was used for in the end. Now, imagine the same situation, but this time you can be 100% sure that the money will go to the trip, and the stranger will be so grateful , that he'll keep you informed with pictures and messages of what you helped him achieve. This might be a bit more appealing. Especially if the stranger has a secure profile on an app with this purpose.

"Fund my trip", will form a community of like-minded individuals, that all share the love for travel and want to help each other out. There are many popular apps for true travellers out there, and this one will fit right in. Filling a need. When someone feels that longing for discovery, they can post their trip for everyone to see, and it will be featured in the website, and the travel board listings. Other people will be able to, not only fund, but ask to join their trip, and offer advice as well. To make sure the money goes to traveling, the funds will go straight into purchasing the plane, boat, train, or bus ticket (which the app will handle). You haven't seen gratefulness until you've helped out a fellow traveller. And this will be reflected in the app. Once succesfully funded, the traveller will be able to keep in touch with those who helped him get to his destination, and send messages, pictures and information. But more importantly, every time you donate to someone, you will be earning "travel points", rising in rank, and making your profile more visible to others and keeping it high up in the listings. These points can also be recieved as a gratification gift, from travellers you invested in.

(First prototype diagram of app layout)
(First prototype diagram of app layout)

 Once you are ready to join the rest of the world explorers, you can post your own trip, and a description of why you want to go. Besides your post being visible to the world, via social media, the website, and the app. The people who you donated to, will recieve a personalized notification, mentioning that you were part of why they were able to travel, and asking them if they would like to return the favor and help you reach your destination. And as mentioned before, travellers are very generous and grateful. It might take a few weeks, or months, and you might have to ask for just half the price of the ticket, and pay the other half yourself (this will be an option) but we believe that true travellers will want to share their love for new places, help fellow explorers out, and would love to be a part of your trip.

The funds raised will be used to pay for a team of graphic designers and coding experts to create and test the app, before launching it for good, any left over money will be used to fortify the publicity campaign that will include  reviews, internet ads, invitations in social media, mentions in video blogs and physical brochures being handed out in local hostels and touristy areas.

Risks and challenges

The main risk we face, is that, once funded, the app might take some time to develop. Since there are few independant app designers that design individual apps for iOS, instead of basic apps for big companies. We've been in contact with a company that works with the client to create a funcioning app, along with the publicity and focus group testing. So we are confident that there won't be any trouble, since they are basically waiting for us to raise the money. Another concern we had, was the popularity. Awareness of an app usually takes some time to expand. But most independant apps don't have the publicity campaign clearing the path for it, which we do. We will also create a website beforehand, with a review section, and a download button with a counter to see how popular the app will be before actually launching it. This way we ensure that it already has an interested group of people before releasing it to the public.

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