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1. Posted by Tony Beer (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

Hi All, myself and a couple of pals recently set up a website basically aimed at re-uniting lost holiday/travelling friends. We ourselves wondered whatever happened to some friends we made whilst traveling and came up with this website idea. We're based in the UK and have reached a crossroads now where we either really go for it (beg steal and borrow!) or just let it drift! We would really like to make it an international friendship/travelling site where we can all share experiences, photos, video clips etc. We just want to get some feedback on whether you guys(keen travellers and web users) would use it and if you think its a good idea or a non starter!....please respond good or bad! The site address is -snip- Cheers, Tony.

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[ Edit: Removed website address. ]

2. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y

Your website sounds a bit like Travellerspoint. But, I understand what you are asking for with your request. Since you are asking for input on your site design, rather than using it for gathering new members (or so I hope), I am letting this thread stay for now.

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I also recommend reading the TP Forum Rules. Thank you.

3. Posted by Tony Beer (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

Hi, thanks for that, I've just had a quick look at Travelerspoint, looks quite a detailed site. Do you happen to know if its completely free of charge. If we press ahead with ours its our intention to keep it completely free. Do genuinely want feed back on the idea, so would welcome any comments.

4. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y

Quoting Tony Beer

Do you happen to know if its completely free of charge. If we press ahead with ours its our intention to keep it completely free. Do genuinely want feed back on the idea, so would welcome any comments.

Yes, Travellerspoint is a completely free website. That is to say, members are not charged for the services that TP provides in reference to the forums, galleries or blogs.

Again, please keep in mind that soliciting your site for promotional purposes here will not be acceptable. Thanks.

5. Posted by Petra M (Budding Member 65 posts) 9y

Hello Tony;

If the main concept of your website is to reunite lost holiday or travelling friends, I think that's a fantastic idea. When you travel, alone or with friends and family, you always make friends where ever you go. Some friends you meet, you quickly forget about them, while others make such a lasting impression that still today you always wonder how they are doing. And, usually all you have is a first name and the city and country where they came from, so it's very hard to track them down. I, for one, would be very interested in your website because I met an Australian from Perth in Vienna last May 2006, and I have been regretting not exchanging e-mails when we parted. It would have been nice to have kept in touch. If there was a website online that was just dedicated to reuniting lost travelling friends, I think it would become hugely popular. A site where you can search for your friend or see if someone is looking for you. You can enter criterias like 'where we met' by 'first name' by 'country or city of origin', etc. I have noticed while visiting other travel websites that this is a common problem among travellers, trying to reunite with lost friends. So, I think you are on to something big here.

Cheers,

Petra M of Vancouver, BC Canada

6. Posted by Tony Beer (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

Hi Petra, thank you for your views. In answer to your remarks, yes Holiday Friendships is a site with the main objective of re-uniting past holiday friends from all corners of the world. We are not really interested in holiday accommodation, blogs, travel advice etc, we will leave that to sites like Travellerspoint. We set the site up because of exactly the same reasons you mentioned, my friends and I have met some great people over the years in various countries, yet phone numbers get lost. I think these days with e mail it is so easy to keep in touch. You can just send an "out of the blue" e mail to see how they're doing.... something i think you couldn't really do so easily as a phone call. We strongly believe in the potential of our site and are in the process of securing backing. This will enable us to advertise extensively both on and off the web, so hopefully it will grow, and who knows we might be able to re-unite you and your friend. Cheers, Tony.

7. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Thumbs up!!!!, for that part about finding lost friends.
I often wish i got peoples contact details, while travelling.

But the part about experiences, photos etc is already being done, on this site.

Mel

8. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Tony, of course this site is completely free of charge.
I did not pay anything, to join. And i presume u did not, either.

Mel

9. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 9y

The 'finding lost friends' is also a big part of Travellerspoint.
http://www.travellerspoint.com/travel-friends-reunited.cfm
This site is much bigger than the forums ;)

[ Edit: Edited at Oct 21, 2006 10:43 AM by Cupcake ]