Now that i have got your attention from the words “FREE” and “HOLIDAY”, i wanted to post this week about a new site/concept that has just launched and that is called Trevolta. It has no association to John Trevolta, we will not be “go go grease lightning” anywhere, so do not worry.
Basically, Trevolta is crowd-funded travel. Which in basic terms means that you plan a trip and others will pay for you to go on the trip; these people could range from friends, family, some random who you have never met on the internet, or even a company. It is based on the same concept as sites such as KickStarter, where people crowd-fund a certain product/service.
Now this sounds really good, i can just plan a holiday to thailand and people will pay for my flights and i can sit on the beach for 2 weeks. It is not that easy im afraid, they have three “categories” that they think are the most likely to get sponsored:
So more likely than not sitting on a beach in Thailand will be out, but base jumping in every country in the world could get you the funding. The funding that people get will widely depend on the concept that they create, many companies like Kathmandu will more likely sponsor a adventure/hiking holiday. But in my opinion one of the real main companies that would sought this sort of concept would be Red Bull. This seems like the perfect marketing strategy for them; they love sponsoring “extreme” sports, such as the guy jumping from space, and this sort of thing could be a great campaign.
The tasks that people have to complete could also be very interesting. One idea could be to do something similar to what Melbourne Tourism did with the virtual Melbourne tourist experience. Where people have to live stream their whole holiday/adventure following peoples suggestions through twitter and Facebook.
On Trevolta’s Facebook page they suggested an adventure similar to the video below, would more than likely get you some funding.
Not a lot of the details are out yet about Trevolta as it was just launched under a month a go, and at the moment they are still setting up the system and their website. All you can do is sign up for the private launch, and if you wanted to sign up just click here (and yes this does mean i get earlier access, but if your already signing up you might as well help me out).
Let me know in the comment section what you think of this new crowd-funded travel? are you going to try use this service?