Our goal with Tripbod has always been the same: work together to put great local people, with their expert knowledge and passion for the destination, back at the heart of the travel lifecycle.
Over the past 18 months we have made great strides in partnership with companies like lastminute.com, citizenM hotels and Skyscanner in achieving this; but when TripAdvisor expressed an interest in bringing our community, team and product into their ecosystem, we knew this was the way to go. What better way to achieve our mission than with the travel brand that gave power back to the people?!
As part of the biggest travel website in the world we are excited to continue building on the foundations we have laid and achieve the impact we have aimed for since the beginning.
Tripbod’s founder, Sally, says: “I remember in the earliest days of the Company someone said to me ‘I can just imagine TripAdvisor buying Tripbod some day’. I agreed at the time it would be the perfect fit for us, as a Company, a team and, most importantly, a Community. The fact it has now happened is a bit of a dream come true. What we have achieved with Tripbod aligns perfectly with TripAdvisor’s mission, so we expect very exciting times ahead.
For us community has always come first - something else that aligns with TripAdvisor - and we exist to serve the Tripbods. We are so incredibly proud of what we have built together and this acquisition is the ultimate reflection on that. We knew there would always be a point at which we could not take Tripbod further as a lean, organic and feisty startup, and we had some big decisions to make on that front. Then this opportunity arose and the timing could not be more perfect.
Our team will become part of the TripAdvisor office based in London’s Soho Square, so we’ll look forward to organising many more Tripbod meetups - in London and across the globe - over the coming months. In the meantime, please keep in touch and we really look forward to working together to reach even greater heights in the chapters ahead.
The Tripbod Team.
With the upcoming FIFA World Cup being held in Brazil this summer, here is a guide to the sunny land of carnival, bossa nova and sunny beaches! Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world, colonised in 16th century by the Portuguese. While Brazil has its fair share of problems, it is one of the most liberal and growing economies in the world at the moment, making it the perfect time to travel.
Being a tourist is fun, but we can often forget that while we are on a holiday, the locals aren’t. Here are some of the bad habits that we may accidently do when travelling abroad!
Stopping in the middle of the busy pedestrian path
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One of the biggest stresses in fast paced cities like London and New York for commuters is getting from A to B through extremely crowded pedestrian paths. Unfortunately tourists can add an extra level of difficulty to this game, by becoming an obstacle. Frequently checking their maps or taking a snap of an interesting landmark is ok, but directly doing it dead in the middle of the pathway creates a bottle neck style pileup.
Nepalese cuisine is like the country, varied and diverse drawing on the various climates and ethnicities of the area. Influences also come from the periphery with Indian, Chinese and (especially) Tibetan aliments and spices all making their way into the cooking pots of the Nepalese kitchen.
Not only does the world’s cities have some incredible landmarks and high points, but the views you get from them are simply breath taking. Here is just a selection of the best out there.
Barry and Simone are avid adventurers, and are currently working and travelling around South East Asia.
By Simone & Barry (Barry has rejoined Simone in Cambodia!)
There is more to Siem Reap than temples and Pub Street. Early one morning, Barry and I cycled out to Angkor Archaeological Park, but not to visit Angkor Wat. Flight of the Gibbon, Angkor is Treetop Asia’s first zip line project outside of Thailand. It is in a hidden, forested area near Ta Keo Temple. It’s particularly popular with families (I can see why children and teenagers might need some thrills to go with the ancient carvings), and Barry and I got to experience it for ourselves.
Flickr / Jan
#Festivals around the world
Imagine a day where everyone drops their work and students get a school day off to throw water at each other. As crazy as it sounds, Songkran festivals set in Thailand do just that every April 13-15th (it used to be based on astrological timing but is now a fixed date).
On one of the hottest days of the year people grab buckets, water pistols and hoses to drench each other on the streets of Thailand.
View from the clocktower
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I found a fascinating contrast to the fast paced city of London and in some respects discovered similarities in the cobbled street city of Prague, the Czech Republic’s capital.
Tunisia is an exotic paradise with inspiring desert landscapes and diverse styles in architecture. When you look around you it is clear why movie makers have chosen this destination to bring their fantasy blockbusters to life. With hugely influential classics like Star Wars and Indiana Jones being filmed here, this may be the ultimate travel spot for film buffs.
Barry and Simone are avid adventurers, and are currently travelling around South East Asia. Simone is now in Cambodia and You can follow their journey at www.thetrackandoffit.com
By Simone (Barry is in Vietnam!)
By Tripbod Vesna
Western Slovenia, with the influence of Alpine and Mediterranean climate, offers a diverse range of different flavors in its cuisine.
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St. Patrick’s day celebrates the Irish Patron Saint of Ireland, with people adorning the green attire and celebrating festivities. With Irish expats across the globe and a rich influential heritage there is bound to be shamrocks and green in your city.
I arrived in Surabaya 25 years ago. I was told that it was a city of absolutely nothing to see or do. I think I saw that as a challenge. And I proved them wrong.
Most have never heard of Surabaya - surprising, considering it is Indonesia’s second largest city, and one of the largest in Southeast Asia. It’s ancient, too, with historical records showing that it existed at least as far back as the early 1200s. An important seaport and commercial center during the Dutch colonial era, it continues to be a bustling place of business. To Indonesians it is known as “the city of heroes” because it was here in 1945 that they first began to fight for their independence from their Dutch rulers.
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The world has some acquired tastes to be found, but you might have to be super adventurous to try these delicacies.