The TravPad team is Graeme and Lukas.
We both enjoy travelling and have done so widely and in a number of countries.
Graeme live and works as a lawyer in London and Lukas has a painting and window restoration company in southern Sweden.
Back in 2000, they met in Sheffield. Lukas came backpacking from the Middle East to visit friends there and met Graeme who was living with them – he was studying at the time. They became firm friends.
Years later, Graeme came to visit Lukas in a small town in Southern Costa Rica. While hitchhiking down a dusty road one day, Graeme wanted to know how far it was to the next bar. This led to talk about travel guides and how important ‘local knowledge’ was. They were both disappointed at the lack of published local information out there and discussed service they both wanted to see from travel sites in the future.
They quickly decided that rather than waiting around, they’d have a bash at doing it themselves. They shook hands and that was the start of TravPad.
We’ve used various social and traveling sites and we believe we know what travellers want; that is to get the local knowledge about a spot and then put it all in one place. You know, where to sleep and eat and what to see. This is what travelling and social websites should offer – not a chance to show off and make other people feel sad – about mutual cooperation and the free and easy exchange of information.
We hope TravPad will offer an alternative to the more mainstream and more ‘polished’ sites. We, like many other travellers, know what existing sites lack and we also know what services are missing for us. We suspect that’s probably the same problem for other people.
We think that travelling is about getting into the society you find yourself in. We believe the special experiences happen when you “get behind the scenes”. We know the special memories are formed when you get to know the things that the locals care about.
We aren’t happy with the way things are. We want to change things. We want to build something useful and unique. That something is TravPad. This is the philosophy behind the project.
We just started and we will add more features to the TravPad project. We started out with the Point of Interests (POI), the foundation of the site. Later we will add the social elements, like being able to hook up and hang out with local guides, sharing accommodation and hitching available rides.
Stay with us to see. It’s a big project but we think it’s going to be fun!
Kristine, Li and Graeme in Costa Rica. The day we started to talk about what would later become TravPad.