Vacation Relation for Social Travel

| December 10, 2010

PRESS RELEASE: Have an upcoming vacation? Chances are you have already used the web to research activities and attractions. Wouldn’t it be interesting to see who else will be vacationing alongside you? Now you can find out. VacationRelation.com launches today and enables you to socialize your vacation and it is interesting to use.


Vacation Relation gives very neat layouts for social travel

Its often overlooked how the people you meet impacts the satisfaction of your vacation“, suggests Vacation Relation’s co-founder Peter Sullivan. The site was inspired after his failed attempt to find and communicate with people before a family cruise. “Of course I added people I met to my Facebook account after the trip; but there were many social opportunities I missed from the start or even completely. Vacations consist of a specific destination and time frame, which offer the perfect common ground for discussion. The site transforms users? virtual conversations — based on shared interests — into real life conversations before their trip. Even if people aren’t inclined to actually meet up, the service offers the ability to plan vacations around social aspects.”

It can be anything from discovering a hotel fit for your age group, finding great surf spots, sharing a taxi, or asking others for suggestions. Vacation Relation does not want to be confused with a dating site, however it leaves all possibilities for the users to explore. “The site will ultimately revolutionize the way we look at travel planning in a time when social applications are on the rise” says co-founder David Los. Many sites allow you to publish content to your Facebook wall, but your friends don?t seem to care. The people who are really excited about your upcoming vacation are the others going, the ones who are in the same research mode. Vacation Relation takes travelers one step further than TripAdvisor and adds a fun social layer to information seeking.

Unlike conventional travel communities, the site focuses on connecting vacationers through the use of their existing social media accounts. “Why try and recreate the wheel? People are comfortable with sites like Facebook and are reluctant to communicate through a whole new channel“, says Sullivan. The site works in a really unique way. By connecting through Facebook, the site promotes exploration through social demographics and ensures all communication is done using your existing networks platform. On the back end, the site automatically invites all vacationers to a secret Facebook Event for more general discussion. After joining a vacation, users never have to leave their Facebook account to socialize, but of course they will to investigate the site?s other cool features. The site also vows to take privacy seriously and has taken the necessary steps to provide users control of their information.

Vacation Relation has ensured global partnerships some very progressive cities including Oslo, Innsbruck, Athens, and Atlantic City. Gearing up for this year’s spring break they have also teamed up with StudentCity.com. These partners show that they are staying ahead of the curve by increasing the travel experience for their visitors in a fun and innovative way.

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  1. So it’s like the check-in function on Facebook , or in fact Foursquare for that matter. Great idea though – the world is getting smaller and we all seem to want to know where everybody else at every minute of the day…!

  2. Peter says:

    Flying all over the place: well think of those check in services showing people where you are NOW. Instead we are trying to create a website where users can provide where they will be, in this case on a vacation, and then connect to other people who will be there alongside them! A little different approach. Vacation is a special time during the year. Its not like me knowing who is at the Starbucks on my corner right now!

  3. M.H.M says:

    Thanks Peter for explaining it further about vacationrelation…

  4. Randall says:

    This is really new and at the same time an interesting idea. It’s a more interesting way of gathering information about the place you want to visit. A whole new way of researching. At least now with this tool you can altogether abandon the idea of arriving in a place a stranger because now you get to meet someone who will also be going to that place and thus have the chance to explore that place with a companion. Kudos to all who thought of this idea.