Summer Goal: Get a Pen Pal!

Weekend getaways, ultimate frisbee competitions, music festivals...summer is amazing, right?  With Memorial Day right around the corner, now is the time to start setting your summer goals, and this year why not add an online pen pal to the list?!

Back in the “olden days” people would be assigned a pen pal through an organization and then they’d write hand-written letters back and forth to learn about each other’s cultures and customs. Today, it’s so much easier to connect with new friends around the world! Use the SKOUT Travel feature to find someone to talk to anywhere in the world, immediately. You won't have to wait interminable weeks for a response from your pen pal, and of course, there is the added benefit of not having to look around for a postage stamp!

Don’t know where to begin? We’ll make it easy for you… Our team combed through data to uncover the friendliest cities around the world. Take a look at the map below. In the past month, Skouters in these cities have made the most connections. So go ahead, reach out and strike up a conversation. Who knows, maybe you’ll meet someone who will be a friend for life!

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Get a summer pen pal? Check that one off the list!

Bike Month Celebrates Active Transportation!

At the beginning of the year, we asked Skouters what their goals were for 2016. 74% said they planned to exercise more this year, and 84% say they get a better workout when they exercise with a friend!

How is that exercise routine coming along for you? If you need some inspiration to mix up your workout routine, May is the perfect month to pick up bicycling!

Bike Month is primarily celebrated in the United States and Canada, but you can celebrate anywhere! During the month of May, we encourage you to take a weekend bike trek with friends or simply commute to work on your bike as opposed to driving or taking public transportation.

Check out this video from our co-worker biking around Santiago, Chile!

Promote biking this month by sharing the Mountain Bike Gift with your favorite Skouters! This gift can be found in the Bikes category of the Gift Store. They’re free for the rest of the month!

Time to Announce the Round 3 SKOUT Leaders!

SKOUT Leader Round 3 results are in! Skouters who share fun pictures, fill out their About Me and send virtual gifts to fellow Skouters, get the popularity vote. Check out this post for more details on what it takes to make the SKOUT Leader Board.

Congratulations to the following Skouters!

Do you think you should be in the Top 5? Try filling out your About Me section or posting fewer selfies and more pics of you doing fun things like hiking or playing soccer with your friends. Skouters want to get to know who you are! So, let your personality shine through your profile!


If you think a fellow Skouter deserves to be in the Top 5, give him or her a Trophy Gift! Trophy Gifts are located in the SKOUT Leader category of the Gift Store.

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Congrats to the Top 5! Stay tuned for Round 4 of the SKOUT Leader Board! View Round 1 and Round 2 leaders!

Celebrate Love and Life During Holi

Today, March 24, marks the celebration of Holi - the festival of colors. A spring festival, primarily celebrated in India, Nepal and other regions of the world with a significant population of Hindus, Holi celebrates the victory of good over evil and is a means for many to forgive and forget, meet new people and enjoy life. During Holi, the streets come alive with vivid colors as festival goers douse one another with powdered color pigments while singing and dancing. The celebration itself is a work of art and a magnificent display of love and appreciation for the human spirit.

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Even if you’re not in a part of the world where Holi is celebrated, you can travel virtually to India and check out the festivities! Meet locals who partake in the festival and join the fun with them using SKOUT Travel.

Puppies, Puppies and More Puppies!

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Today may just be the best day of the year because it’s National Puppy Day! If you love puppies as much as we do, share the brand-new Puppy Dog Gift with your favorite Skouters. Puppy Dog Gifts are free all day during National Puppy Day! They can be found in the Animals category of the Gift Store.

We hope you enjoy the most adorable day ever! If you’re a cat person… there’s a day for that too. Please be patient.

Are you new to SKOUT? Learn how to give a gift to another Skouter.

Are You Skout's next Global Friendship Ambassador?

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College students can now apply for SKOUT’s unique Global Friendship Ambassador summer intern role! SKOUT is again offering this paid, eight-week summer internship position within its marketing department at SKOUT headquarters in San Francisco.

“Our app is used by millions of people across 180 countries, and the opportunity to serve as a Global Friendship Ambassador offers an incredible experience to work closely on fun marketing projects that reach our huge user base,” said Jane Barrett, Head of Marketing at SKOUT.

“Interning as SKOUT’s Global Friendship Ambassador last summer was a dream come true for me,” said Corey Whitaker, a junior at Lynchburg College. “The culture is really cool, I learned a lot with the assignments I was given, and I felt like the SKOUT team truly wanted me to succeed.”

The Global Friendship Ambassador role is well-suited for a creative, outgoing student who enjoys using social media, meeting new people and is interested in gaining hands-on experience in marketing within a fast-moving startup environment. He or she will work closely with mentors on SKOUT’s global marketing team on activities like daily in-app chatting with Skouters around the world, developing concepts for community contests, partnerships and virtual gifts, and creating content for social media campaigns.

To be eligible for the internship, candidates must be at least 19 years of age, enrolled in a four-year degree program in the U.S., and eligible to work in the U.S. To apply, candidates are invited to create a SKOUT ID and complete an online application by April 11, 2016. Visit the SKOUT Careers page to learn more about the Global Friendship Ambassador internship and apply.

How to Apply:

  1. If you have not already done so, download the SKOUT app and create a profile.
  2. Upload 3 pictures that illustrate why you are a good candidate for the Global Friendship Ambassador position add #GFAI to each image.
  3. Send your resume to gfai@skout.com.

Happy International Women's Day!

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In honor of International Women’s Day, we would like to recognize all the women in the SKOUT community for being you.

You are strong, confident, shy, sexy, modest, compassionate, brave, creative, smart, intuitive, hard-working, head-strong, a friend, a lover, a giver, a shaker… whatever you are, be yourself. Don’t let anyone ever make you feel like you need to conceal who you are. Express yourself, stand up for yourself and be proud to be a woman!

Do you know any awesome ladies you’d like to appreciate today? Give them a gift! Click here to learn how. Happy International Women’s Day!

Celebrate National Potato Chip Day With SKOUT!

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National Potato Chip Day is on the 14th of March, and to celebrate, we surveyed more than 3,000 Skouters across the United States to find out what their favorite potato chip flavor reveals about them. Are you a Hot and Spicy chip lover or a BBQ chip lover? Find out what your chip preferences say about you!

96% of people say they like potato chips. Well, obviously people like potato chips… But, here’s the interesting part:

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Lime/Citrus chip lovers have the most friends!

  • 42% of people who prefer lime/citrus chips have 5 or more close friends.

Hot & Spicy in the bag = hot & spicy in the bedroom.

  • People who prefer hot and spicy chip flavors (including jalapeno, cajun and other spicy varieties) are most likely (47%) to say they are adventurous in the bedroom.
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Lime/Citrus chip lovers have the most sex!

  • 19% of people who prefer lime/citrus chips say they have sex every day!

Men are from Mars, and women and from Venus. Maybe so, but they have a couple of things in common when it comes to potato chips.

  • Males and females between the ages of 21 and 30 are fans of Hot and Spicy potato chips. And, according to the results above, this means they’re more adventurous in the bedroom!
  • Males and females over 50 prefer Plain chips. Perhaps the older you get, the more you think a potato should simply taste like a potato.

Some chip lovers hit the gym more than others…

  • Low/No Salt chip fans exercise most frequently, with 14% saying they do so every day.
  • Least likely to exercise at all are people who prefer Plain chips (28%) and Cheddar chips (26%).
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Late-night snacking, with Jimmy Fallon. When asked which late-night comedian they would most want to share a bag of chips with, Jimmy Fallon gained the most votes.

  • 39% for Jimmy Fallon
  • 22% for Jimmy Kimmel
  • 12% for Stephen Colbert
  • 11% for Seth Meyers
  • 7% for Trevor Noah
  • 5% each for John Oliver and James Corden

Speaking of personalities, let’s pop open a bag and see where the political chips fall…

Hillary – she’s all that and a bag of chips! When asked which Democratic candidate they would most want to share a bag of potato chips with, people (of all political persuasions) weighed in:

  • 57% of people say they would prefer to share a bag of chips with Hillary Clinton.
  • 43% of people say they would prefer to share a bag of chips with Bernie Sanders.
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On the Republican side, people most want to share their snack with Donald Trump.

  • When asked which Republican candidate they would most want to share a bag of potato chips with, Donald Trump got the most votes (33%) among people of all political persuasions. (As you can see below, when we conducted our survey the field of Republican contenders was wider than it is today.)
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The Republican potato chip flavor poll results are in…

  • Donald Trump fans are most likely to prefer BBQ chips.
  • Marco Rubio fans are most likely to prefer Lime/Citrus chips.
  • Ted Cruz fans are most likely to prefer Cheddar chips.
  • John Kasich fans are most likely to prefer No/Low Salt chips.

CURIOUS TO FIND OUT WHAT YOUR POTATO CHIP PREFERENCES SAY ABOUT YOU? TAKE THE QUIZ!

SKOUT CHIPS IN TO HELP THE LOCAL COMMUNITY FIGHT HUNGER

In honor of National Potato Chip Day, SKOUT is partnering with our local SF-Marin Food Bank to help our local community fight hunger. With the help of donations and volunteers, the SF-Marin Food Bank provides food assistance to an average of 30,000 homes a week across the San Francisco and Marin counties.

Did you know that 1 in 4 kids in San Francisco and Marin counties is at risk of hunger? Last year, Skouters helped us raise enough money to serve 10,000 children with the SF-Marin Food Bank in honor of National Grilled Cheese Day.

This year, you can help us double our goal to try to serve 20,000 children! On National Potato Chip Day, SKOUT will donate to the SF-Marin Food Bank every time you give a Potato Chip Gift to another Skouter. Potato Chip Gifts can be found in the Potato Chip Day category of the Gift Store. If you’re not sure how to give a gift to a Skouter, click here to learn.

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On March 3, SKOUT employees volunteered at the SF-Marin Food Bank to provide meals for families across both counties. In three hours, we packed 700 pounds of food. That’s the equivalent of 583 meals!

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Interested in how you can help fight hunger?

  • In the Bay Area? The SF-Marin Food Bank is always looking for volunteers! Check out their volunteering opportunities.
  • Don’t have time to volunteer? You can always donate! For every $1 you donate, the SF-Marin Food Bank can donate $5 worth of food!
  • If you don’t live in the Bay Area, find a local food bank near you to learn how you can help out your local community.

SKOUT helps you meet new people around the world, but we also want to help you connect with your local community. Find a food bank near you to learn about opportunities for you to help and make a difference.

WIN A NATIONAL POTATO CHIP DAY T-SHIRT FROM SKOUT!

Celebrate National Potato Chip Day with SKOUT! Post a picture of you or you and your friends eating your favorite flavor of potato chips to the Buzz with the hashtag #SkoutChips. The Grand Prize winner will receive a SKOUT National Potato Chip Day T-shirt! Runners-up will get 500 points added to their account!

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HAPPY NATIONAL POTATO CHIP DAY!

SKOUT Success: Joyce and Gilbert

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For Joyce and Gilbert, the path to love ended happily when they used Skout’s Shake to Chat feature to meet new people. Both of them signed up for SKOUT to find a love interest and were members of the community for about a month each before finding each other.

Joyce is from the United States, and Gilbert is from Scotland, which is why they can only describe their connection via Shake to Chat as fate. “We know that it was divine intervention that had us both ‘shaking’ our phones at the same time 3,500 miles apart from each other,” says Joyce. “We hit it off right away and chatted for a few hours that first night. We talked every single day after that and immediately stopped chatting with others. We both knew we had ‘the one.’”

They chatted, emailed and Skyped for nine months before Gilbert flew to the United States to meet Joyce in person. A few months later, they got married! It’s been a year and a half since they met on SKOUT, and they’ve created a blog documenting their life together. Check it out!

Have you met that special someone on SKOUT or have a friendship story you’d like to share with us? Send us an email at successstories@skout.com.

You're Never Too Broke to Travel Virtually

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Spring Break is right around the corner! Don’t sweat it if you’re too broke to join your friends in Cancún for the week. We’ve got you covered! Travel virtually with SKOUT Travel and meet people all over the world!

FYI, the top 5 cities in the world visited via SKOUT Travel are:

  1. London, Great Britain
  2. Seoul, Korea
  3. Tokyo, Japan
  4. Hong Kong, China
  5. Sydney, Australia

Top 5 cities in the U.S visited via SKOUT Travel:

  1. New York City, NY
  2. Los Angeles, CA
  3. Chicago, IL
  4. San Francisco, CA
  5. Las Vegas, NV

The world is your oyster. Time to explore!

Food Drive Proves Successful!

Congrats to our Skouter Anders for donating the most food during our Random Acts of Kindness Week food drive! Together we donated more than 240 pounds of food, helping the SF-Marin Food Bank provide more than 308 healthy meals for children in San Francisco and Marin.

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Inspired? You can host your own food drive or volunteer for your local food bank! We know giving back is a priority for the SKOUT community, so click here to learn how you can help.

Welcome Malay and Vietnamese to the SKOUT Community!

We’re excited to announce our app is now available in Malay and Vietnamese on Android! In order to begin using SKOUT in Malay or Vietnamese, make sure you have the latest version of the app installed on your phone. After you have installed the most recent version of SKOUT, you will need to change the default language of your phone to either Malay or Vietnamese. Stay tuned for iOS! Follow These Steps:

Android

  1. Go to ‘Settings’ and select ‘Language & input’.
  2. Select ‘Language’.
  3. Select ‘Malay’ or ‘Vietnamese’.
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iPhone

  1. Go to ‘Settings’ and select ‘Language & Region’.
  2. Select ‘Language’.
  3. Select ‘Malay’ or ‘Vietnamese’.
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Once you’ve changed the language in your phone settings to Malay or Vietnamese, you’re all set to start Skouting in Malay or Vietnamese! SKOUT will automatically translate into Malay or Vietnamese once you’ve designated one or the other as the default language on your phone.

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NEW MALAYSIAN AND VIETNAMESE GIFTS IN THE GIFT STORE!

New Malaysian and Vietnamese gifts are in the Gift Store, including the Malaysian and Vietnamese flag! Introduce yourself to a fellow Skouter by sharing a Vietnamese or Malaysian gift.

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Tap here to learn how to give a Gift in Skout.

HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT MALAYSIA AND VIETNAM?

Chào mừng các bạn Việt Nam đến với Cộng đồng SKOUT!

Chúng tôi rất phấn khởi được thông báo rằng ứng dụng của chúng tôi hiện đã có tiếng Việt! Để bắt đầu sử dụng SKOUT bằng tiếng Việt, chắc chắn rằng bạn đã cài đặt phiên bản mới nhất của ứng dụng trên điện thoại. Sau khi bạn cài đặt phiên bản mới nhất của SKOUT, bạn cần thay đổi ngôn ngữ mặc định của điện thoại sang tiếng Việt. Thực hiện theo các bước sau:

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  1. Vào ‘Cài đặt’ và chọn ‘Ngôn ngữ & nhập thông tin’.
  2. Chọn ‘Ngôn ngữ’.
  3. Chọn ‘Tiếng Việt’.
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  1. Vào ‘Cài đặt’ và chọn ‘Ngôn ngữ & Vùng’.
  2. Chọn ‘Ngôn ngữ’.
  3. Chọn ‘Tiếng Việt’.
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Sau khi bạn đã thay đổi ngôn ngữ trong cài đặt điện thoại của mình sang tiếng Việt, bạn được cài đặt tất cả để bắt đầu Skouting bằng tiếng Việt! SKOUT sẽ tự động chuyển ngữ sang tiếng Việt sau khi bạn đã ấn định thành ngôn ngữ mặc định trên điện thoại của bạn.

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MÓN QUÀ VIỆT MỚI TRONG CỬA HÀNG QUÀ TẶNG!

Món quà Việt mới trong Cửa Hàng Quà Tặng, bao gồm cờ Việt Nam! Tự giới thiệu bạn với bạn bè Skouter bằng cách chia sẻ móng quà Việt.

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Chạm vào đây để tìm hiểu cách tặng Quà trong SKOUT.

Mengalu-alukan Bahasa Melayu ke Komuniti SKOUT!

Kami teruja untuk mengumumkan bahawa aplikasi kami kini tersedia dalam Bahasa Melayu. Bagi memulakan penggunaan SKOUT dalam Bahasa Melayu, pastikan anda telah memasang versi terkini aplikasi ini pada telefon anda. Setelah anda memasang versi terbaru SKOUT, anda perlu menukar bahasa lalai telefon anda kepada Bahasa Melayu. Ikuti Langkah-langkah Berikut:

  1. Pergi ke ‘Tetapan’ dan pilih ‘Bahasa & input’.
  2. Pilih ‘Bahasa’.
  3. Pilih ‘Bahasa Melayu’.
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  1. Pergi ke ‘Tetapan’ dan pilih ‘Bahasa & Rantau’.
  2. Pilih ‘Bahasa’.
  3. Pilih ‘Bahasa Melayu’.
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Sebaik sahaja anda menukar bahasa dalam tetapan telefon anda ke Bahasa Melayu, anda sudah sedia untuk mula menggunakan Skout dalam Bahasa Melayu! SKOUT akan menterjemah ke dalam Bahasa Melayu secara automatik sebaik sahaja anda menetapkannya sebagai bahasa lalai pada telefon anda.

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HADIAH BAHARU UNTUK WARGA MALAYSIA DI KEDAI HADIAH!

Hadiah baharu untuk warga Malaysia terdapat di Kedai Hadiah, termasuk bendera Malaysia! Perkenalkan diri anda kepada teman Skouter dengan berkongsi hadiah warga Malaysia.

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Ketik di sini untuk mengetahui cara untuk memberi Hadiah di SKOUT.

Mardi Gras Masks Available in the Gift Store!

February 9th, 2016 marks the end of Mardi Gras. Have you been celebrating? French for “Fat Tuesday,” Mardi Gras marks the festival before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. It’s celebrated all over the world with a number of various traditions, including wearing masks and costumes.

To celebrate Mardi Gras, we’re giving away the Mask gift for free! This gift will only be free during the Mardi Gras season, so be sure to share with your fellow Skouters before Feb. 10! The Mask is available in the Gift Store in the Souvenir Shop category.

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Is this your first time giving a gift in SKOUT? It’s super easy. Click here to learn how.

Celebrate Your Online Friendships!

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February 3rd marks the second annual International Online Friendship Day! We kicked off this momentous holiday last year and are psyched to be celebrating it again a second time around!

In this digital age, online friendships are flourishing, and SKOUT is super proud to play a part in helping people make new online friends all over the world! We surveyed more than 23,000 members of our global community to uncover some of the most recent trends in online friendship. Here’s what we found:

More than 75% of people have an online friend they’ve never met in real life.

  • 85% of people surveyed in Australia
  • 83% of people surveyed in Brazil
  • 81% of people surveyed in Mexico
  • 80% of people surveyed in the Philippines and Chile
  • 77% of people surveyed in Argentina
  • 76% of people surveyed in the United States

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  • The United States, United Kingdom, Brazil and Malaysia where over 35% of respondents have more than 10 online friends.

Meeting your online friend in real life sounds like a fabulous idea to…

  • 80% of English people surveyed
  • 81% of Canadians surveyed
  • 84% of Mexicans surveyed
  • 86% of Filipinos surveyed

Online friendships span the globe.

  • 69% of Malaysian and Mexican people surveyed say they have an online friend who lives in a different country
  • 79% of Vietnamese and Costa Rican people surveyed say they have an online friend who lives in a different country
  • 83% of Filipinos surveyed say they have an online friend who lives in a different country

There you have it. Online friendships are increasingly becoming a thing. Even the experts agree!

“Over the past decade, dramatic changes have taken place in the way we live, work and communicate but the need for friendship remains unchanged and essential to our well being,” said psychologist Irene S. Levine, PhD, producer of The Friendship Blog, a popular advice blog that helps people better navigate the murky rules of making and keeping friends. “Online friendships can complement ‘in real life’ ones, providing many of the same vital benefits, such as social support and feelings of connectedness.”

We couldn’t agree more! Whether you’re the newbie in town looking to make new friendships or simply want new people to chat with, you can find genuine friends online.

SKOUT SHOUT-OUTS

We’d like to give a special shout-out to our Skouters who shared their success stories with us. Thank you for the stories and enthusiasm about your online friendships!

"I have met two of my best friends on SKOUT. As with all apps you are bound to meet one or two bad seeds, but SKOUT is the one app where meeting great people outweighs meeting bad people. If you are looking for someone local, or if you are looking for someone abroad, there's a little something for everyone." - Aaron, Virginia

"It was really a refreshing and unforgettable experience meeting nice people through SKOUT." - CJ, Philippines

“I thank SKOUT for giving me the opportunity to make friends with people all around the globe.” - Jhelum, India

“I’m from Pakistan and when I moved to New York, I was bored, alone and had no friends. When I started using SKOUT I made a lot of friends in New York and now I feel happy here!” - Aman, New York

“Back in 2014, one of my friends got me to join Skout, she said it was fun so I gave it a try. As soon as I got on I used the "Shake to Chat" feature. The third person I came in contact with was a guy named Matt from New Jersey. We talked for a while! It is now 2016 and I still keep in contact with Matt daily. We plan on meeting up over the summer. I never imagined SKOUT would bring me life long friendships and close, personal interactions with people. I love the app and will continue to use it to make new relationships. Thanks for the experience you have given us Skouters!” - Samantha, Canada

“I have made so many online friends but the best ones are Audrey from France and Manow from Thailand. I’m sure that I will meet them whenever I get a chance!” - Nishit, India

“I started using SKOUT to make good friends and see what was going on around the world. I never thought I would meet a guy and I met my husband! Thank you very much SKOUT!” - Betül, Turkey

If you have a SKOUT success story you’d like to share, shoot us an email at successstories@skout.com.

SKOUT SUCCESS: DAVID AND YOSHIMI

Back in October of 2014, David (SKOUT ID: davidrf87) joined SKOUT to improve his English skills and meet new people. He used SKOUT Travel to check out the scene in Tokyo and met Yoshimi! They hit it off right away and soon developed an online friendship where they were chatting every day.

Sparks flew and their friendship soon grew into a romantic relationship. Almost a year into their online relationship, David traveled from his home country, Spain, to Tokyo to meet Yoshimi in person.

After spending two months of quality time together in Tokyo, David and Yoshimi got engaged.

“It was the best experience,” boasts David. “Thanks to SKOUT, I have met my future wife!”

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If you have a SKOUT success story you’d like to share, shoot us an email at successstories@skout.com.

SKOUT SUCCESS: LADY TORO AND RIVER

Skouter Lady Toro (SKOUT ID: ladytoro1) has been making friends on SKOUT for three years. In July 2015, she noticed River (SKOUT ID: river1175) on the Buzz of a mutual friend. “Her sense of humor was spot on, and I knew immediately she was a cool chick,” remembers Lady Toro. River sent Lady Toro a private message, and they clicked right away! “Same sassy and snarky sense of humor,” says Lady Toro.

Lady Toro lives in Amsterdam, and River is thousands of mile away in North Carolina, but they don’t let the time difference get in the way of their friendship. They even plan to meet in person this year!

“She cracks me up so often! We can talk for hours sometimes (and totally forget about the time difference, as it's usually halfway through the night for me). We've been talking about meeting up at some stage this year. I'm not sure yet who goes where, but I'm positive we will meet in person and have a great time together. I have a lot of online friends but never had a bestie like her; she rocks!”

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If you have a SKOUT success story you’d like to share, shoot us an email at successstories@skout.com.

SKOUT SUCCESS: RIH AND SALAR

Rih and Salar began their online friendship on SKOUT about a year ago when they encountered each other via SKOUT Travel. Salar initiated the conversation by sending Rih a chat message. They keep up their friendship via chat on a daily basis, despite the distance between them. Rih is in the Philippines, and Salar is in Canada.

“He’s always there for me, and I’m lucky to have him as a friend,” says Rih.

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If you have a SKOUT success story you’d like to share, shoot us an email at successstories@skout.com.

CELEBRATE YOUR SKOUT FRIENDS WITH FRIENDSHIP BADGES

Do you have the best online friends ever? Share your appreciation for them by giving a friendship badge from the Gift Store. They’re free during International Online Friendship Day! These badges are located in the Badges category of the Gift Store.

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Giving a gift is super easy! Tap here to learn how.

Celebrate Ati-Atihan Festival 2016!

Ati-Atihan Festival is held annually every January in Kalibo, Aklan in the Philippines honoring the Santo Nino (infant Jesus). A feast marks the beginning of the festivities followed by tribal dances with vibrant costumes, traditional music and a parade held on the third Sunday of January marking the culmination of the celebrations.

The festivities attract both devout Catholics and nonreligious people from all over the world, making it one of the biggest tourist attractions for the Philippine Islands. National Geographic named the festival one of the “Must-Attend Events of 2016.”

Hala Bira! Pwera Pasma!

Hala Bira! Pwera Pasma!

Meet new friends from around the world and indulge in the fascinating experiences various cultures have to offer by traveling virtually with SKOUT Travel!

Skout Gift Store Serves Up New Thanksgiving Gifts

Skout Gift Store Serves Up New Thanksgiving Gifts

Show your Skout friends you're thankful for them with Thanksgiving Gifts -- now in the Gift Store! The Thanksgiving 2015 category is serving up three different kinds of turkey, including Turkey Dinner, Football Turkey and even Craft Turkey -- remember those turkeys you made when you were a kid by tracing your hand? The Gift Store also has a Pilgrim Hat, Pie and a Happy Thanksgiving message.

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SKOUT Success: Lucas

When 24-year-old Lucas (SkoutID: flightattendant91) joined Skout a year and a half ago, he was excited to chat with people all over the world and learn about their cultures. Lucas, who is from Brazil and recently moved from Brasilia to Curitiba, was also looking forward to becoming fluent in English and practicing the German he’d studied for years.

Lucas decided to take his interests in other cultures offline, and this past summer he traveled to three different countries, where he met Skouters in person.

Lucas had been saving for this big trip for three years, but he knew it was time to actually plan it when he’d become close with some people he’d met on Skout.

“I talk to them every single day!” Lucas has said about some of his Skout friends.

After all that chatting, planning and saving, this summer Lucas traveled to Holland, Germany and Russia.

He spent a few weeks in Holland before he headed to Germany where he met up with Dmitri. After spending eight days in Germany seeing the sights, he went to St. Petersburg, Russia. In St. Petersburg, he met up with his best friend Irina who showed him her favorite spot in the city, Peterhof Park. Ten days later he went to Moscow. There he met up with Masha and Anastacia who showed him the Red Square and the Kremlin. All in all, a pretty awesome trip!

“Through Skout I've met people that have changed part of my life, how I think and see things, and also some people that I will carry forever in my heart.”

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