New website GoPal (www.gopal.travel) meets this need by matching like-minded travelers using criteria such as gender, age, interests and destination. The brainchild of avid traveler Bruce Southerden, GoPal launched in December last year and already has hundreds of members from all over the world.
Membership is free and open to everyone, anywhere, not just singles. Nor are members limited to finding just one companion at a time or a companion in their own city or country.
“GoPal isn’t a dating site”, says Southerden, based in northern NSW, “and it’s not just about saving money or sidestepping single supplements. “It’s about tapping into a world of other travelers who also want someone to travel with, so that you can feel safe and free to travel anywhere, anytime and anyhow – independently, on cruises, on group tours. Our mission is to help people realise their dreams, live fuller lives and be healthier and more active.”
GoPal also offers special travel discounts from some of the world’s best-known travel companies – including Booking.com, Expedia, Agoda, Webjet, G Adventures, Contiki, Princess Cruises and P&O, Emirates, Virgin, Accor, Intercontinental, Avis and many more. Another benefit of booking travel through GoPal is that one per cent of all travel bookings are donated to certified environmental organisations through US-based not-for-profit 1% for the Planet.
Since launching GoPal has already gained over 600 members from around the world. “We have taken a lot of care to make it genuine and comfortable for everyone and it seems certain to grow in coming months” adds Southendren.