I’m a huge fan of travelling on my own. While travelling with friends can have a few advantages, the more friends you’re travelling with the more opinions there are on how you should spend your time. All those opinions mean you’re probably going to end up spending some, if not a lot of your vacation doing something you don’t want to do. Gaffl is a site that offers the best of both worlds.
With the site, you search for a place you’d like to travel and when and then find other travellers who plan on doing the same.
If you find someone who has a plan in mind you can get behind you can connect with them through the site and plan a trip together.
For instance, if you really want to go on a multiple day hike and the rest of your posse aren’t big outdoors folks, you can potentially find a person or group to tag along with on a trip.
The idea behind the site is that you’re not only connecting with people who want to do the same things you want to do, you’re also connecting with people who can share costs with you.
For instance, if you plan on renting a car in Scotland to drive up into the Highlands for a few days, now you have someone to split the cost of that $400 rental with, and perhaps a drinking buddy.
In an interview with TravelPulse this week, the founder of the site says that he created it specifically with that cost aspect in mind.
He says people on the site are using it to split Airbnbs and rental cars. The cost splitting aspect is so much a part of the site it has a tool called “Splits” that allows users to split money through the site before, during, or after a trip.
As you might imagine, users on the site have to pass a few verification steps to keep everyone safe. Browsing trips and joining the site is free, but if you find the perfect travel buddy and want to connect that will cost you $10 for 30 days. There’s also a $28 for six months plan and a $43/1-year plan.
It’s definitely not a replacement for that trip with all your pals, but for those trips you’ve been wanting to take that you can’t find a pal for it could be the perfect solution.