Posted on Monday, June 9th, 2014 by Will Hagle
Travelistly is a social aggregator for travelers that connects you to related user-generated travel content for your trip planning.
Before the Internet existed, planning a trip was hard. You had to go to a travel agent or book flights and hotels yourself, and you probably had to purchase an unnecessarily expensive travel guide so you wouldn’t be completely lost at your destination. The Internet has revolutionized travel in innumerable ways, and Travelistly is yet another site that makes the process so much easier and more enjoyable. The site is a content aggregator that pulls the best travel blogs from around the web and presents them in a way that makes planning your trip easier. All of the content is user-generated, which typically means that it’s more reliable information because it comes firsthand from travelers like you. This cuts out the online versions of the aforementioned travel guides, as well as sponsored posts from hotels or other companies that you may find via a simple Google search.
Travelistly’s homepage automatically displays content on its homepage across four categories: top stories, staff picks, new stories and videos. These stories — with titles like “Road Trip Across America: It Is Weirder Than You Ever Dreamed” and “Africa Part 1: Exploring Soweto On A Bike” — consist of compelling content from adventurous travelers. It’s worth browsing this portion of the site to get tips for future travel plans, but the best part of the site is its search function. If you type in a location, Travelistly displays all the associated posts. This truly accomplishes the site’s goal by making it a better alternative to the sponsored or unnecessary content that can be found via a Google search. The site is also useful for travel bloggers that wish to reach a wider audience. Blogs and stories can be directly shared with Travelistly in order to maximize exposure. The site also has a gamification aspect on the blogger’s side, so the more you share your work the more points you earn. Those points can be used to achieve various goals like becoming a verified user — further increasing your audience.