You're Never Traveling Alone If You're Traveling With Skout!

Summer has officially started, which means vacation season has too. While the saying is, "The more the merrier," traveling solo can be just as fun and even more meaningful. Not to mention you can do whatever you want, whenever you want. It's also the perfect opportunity to meet new people! If you're in an unfamiliar place by yourself, you are more likely to ask for the help of others. Travel journalist Anisha Shah writes, "Traveling alone is no longer taboo. In fact, it's now trendy to go on trips alone, as more and more people are discovering the freedom of exploring a new place on their own terms. At the same time, community groups, meet-ups, and a vast wealth of online and digital resources have made it easier than ever to hit the road solo".

Prior to your solo trip, why not use Skout's travel feature to ask for travel tips and make new friends in advance. Fodor posted the world's best destinations for solo travel, and we picked some of our favorites below.

Bali, Indonesia

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Queenstown, New Zealand

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Santiago, Chile

Photo Credit: © Peter Guttman

Alaska, United States

Photo Credit: (c) Jerryway | Dreamstime.com

Dubrovnik, Croatia

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Virtual Travel coming to Skout

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Sep 10, 2013) - Skout Inc. today announced Skout Travel, a new feature that allows Skout members to virtually travel to other cities using the Skout App. "We are very excited about offering Skout Travel to our Skout Community. This is an exciting development in the online experience of meeting new people," Skout's CEO Christian Wiklund said. "Our Skout Travel feature continues to push forward our goal of creating a fun and unique way for people to meet and interact around the globe. The Skout Travel feature allows Skout users to see first hand what the community is like in a different city. Whether they are just curious, going to visit or looking to move, this feature gives our community the ability to really feel like a local before they arrive somewhere new." Wiklund explained.

Skout Travel has an easy to use UX that mimics purchasing an airline ticket in the real world. Skout users are able to choose a city, and then purchase, using Skout Points, a ticket to that city that is valid for 24 hours. The ticket switches the location of the users phone to the chosen city allowing them to see the local buzz, chat with local Skout users and interact as though they are virtually in that city.

Vice President of Engineering, Greg Burch says, "With the touch of a button, Skout Travel allows our users to choose their own adventure. It removes the barriers between cultures, creating limitless possibilities to meet and learn from new people."

"Skout Travel opens a whole new realm of ways to connect to new people," said Nik Lindstrom, Skout's CTO. Lindstrom says, "When a Skout member uses Skout Travel they are virtually transported to a city they do not live in, it is a safe way to see what is happening in other places."

Skout Travel will be available for both iOS and Android.