A former executive editor of Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel magazine has launched a new social network that aims to eliminate “the traditional barriers that have stood between travelers and travel journalists, publicists, agents, vendors, and anyone else with good, actionable info.”
David Appell, co-founder and CEO of EnLinea, LLC (a Miami-based developer of social networks), long-time travel journalist and (shameless plug coming up) a member of mediabistro’s AvantGuild, says:
“Go-Lo.net offers travelers who are overwhelmed by information from too many travel sites a chance to ‘hang out’ online with industry insiders, asking questions and getting tips that will help them travel better — and save a buck. Meanwhile, the insiders get a chance to put their fingers on the pulse of what the traveling public wants, and pick up a few tips of their own. Everybody wins.”
Wow. I didn’t know win-wins were allowed in the new economy. How refreshing. Don’t let the banks know about this!
Though officially in beta, the Go-Lo site appears fully developed, functional — and crammed full of facts, tips and opinions. There’s a free sign-up box to join.
Members can become part of more than 230 groups dedicated to all 50 U.S. states and hundreds of countries around the world, as well as travel-related topics such as eco/sustainable tourism, family travel, honeymoons/weddings and many more where they can share helpful advice and resources.
For example, the Bars & Clubs group offers links for imbibing travelers eager to find the best places to slake their thirst. (And who better to provide that valuable information than the experts at the International Association of Drunk Bastards?)
Go-Lo also features destination spotlights, user-submitted photos and videos, polls, travel news feeds, and a weekly travel blog.