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Annoucing the Birth of Trekaroo Beta

Trekaroo – Beta is live! (www.trekaroo.com)

This is a huge milestone for Brennan, Esther, Michael and myself. We’ve been working on Trekaroo for about 10 months and in the words of Esther, it feels like we’ve given birth to a baby. Quietly and privately, we’ve been growing Trekaroo. Today, we unveiled ourselves to the general public, press, blogs, mom groups and more. We’ve labored so hard and long on Trekaroo, but the real work has really just begun.

In the words of Michael, we’ve tilled the soil, planted the seeds, and now we’ve got to water and wait with great anticipation.

What is Trekaroo Today:

Trekaroo is a growing community. where families who are going somewhere are connecting with families who have been to those places. Ever planned a trip with your kids and wish it’d just be so much easier if you could inside scoop from another family who’s been there before? Now you can! On Trekaroo, families can finally connect by reading and writing reviews. They can also ask each other questions about traveling to a various destinations about an activity or hotel. What’s even more novel is that, Trekaroo files conversations and surfaces them in all the relevant places. Forget about loosing those valuable questions and answers into the black hole of forums. We’ve also handed over the reigns to families to determine what content floats to the top by voting for contributions they find most helpful.

Our latest addition? Cool Trekaroo Member Passports. Trekaroo members don’t just have a blah profile. The Trekaroo passport is the quickest way to start and maintain a record of your family’s adventures. It’s so easy and fun to go around Trekaroo stamping your passport with all the places your family has been to.

What’s cool features without content? In a few short months, Trekaroo boast listings of 5000 kid-friendly activities and over 14,000 hotels. We’ve established strong partnerships with Expedia, GPP that publishes the Fun with the Family travel guide series, and Vacapedia (a leading provider of vacation rentals). We already have 2500 reviews and the number grows daily. Users are able to filter activities or hotels based on age, cost, and other criteria that is of interest to families. For example, families can narrow down a list of hotels by filtering for those that have cribs. When planning a travel itinerary, users can also see what hotels or activities are nearby on a map. All these simple tools in one place just make travel planning easier and less time consuming for families.

We are so excited to invite you to join Trekaroo. Together, we can equip each other with road-tested tips that give all of us the confidence to hit the road and make great memories with our kids.

So, check out the site! You can support Trekaroo by telling every parent you know about us, talk about us on our blog, post links to our articles everywhere…you get the idea.

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