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More Community Generated Welcome Kits

Jim Duncan welcome kitWe’ve shared some community generated welcome kits around the world a couple months ago. The Oh Hey World (OHW) community is growing. That means more community generated travel tips:

Planning a visit to experience the Seattle summer? Check out OHW staff generated Seattle tips for the budget backpacker, family traveler, and more.

What tips have you gathered on your summer travels?

Community Generated Welcome Kits for Seattle

If you follow this blog, then you already know about Oh Hey World’s  Welcome Kits. We’ve already covered community generated Welcome Kits, tips for digital nomads in Southeast Asia, and OHW-curated welcome kits stateside — but we haven’t covered the city with the most welcome kits created.

My old stomping grounds — Seattle.

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A Few Neat Ways to See Seattle

Have any other recommendations for people visiting Seattle? Leave them in the comments here.

Not in Seattle and want to help travelers have a better experience when visiting your own beloved city? Email Shannon to get access ahead of the general public…

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Drew Meyers is the co-founder of Horizon & Oh Hey World. He worked for Zillow from September of 2005 to January of 2010 on the marketing team managing Zillow’s API program and various online partnerships. Founder of Geek Estate Blog, a multi-author blog focused on real estate technology for real estate professionals, and myKRO.org, a blog devoted to exploring the world of microfinance. As passionate as you get about travel.

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Community Generated Welcome Kits

planning 3The Oh Hey World Welcome Kits are one of the features we debuted after our launch, and we have loved the feedback and support from the community over the past month. Although the Welcome Kits are still a new feature (and thus you have to ask for the account permissions to create them), you’ve done just that. The OHW user base is growing every day and these kits are fast become one of the more interesting ways you can see a unique lens through which to see a new city.

Today I’d like to highlight a handful of the interesting Welcome Kits created by Oh Hey World community members; each member has their own passions and interests so their tips and kits reflect that unique view (versus the OHW staff curated kits that are meant as overviews for certain types of travelers like digital nomads, outdoorsy people, etc). With these, you really get a feel for how different a city can be depending oh who you’re experiencing it with.

With that in mind, here are some of my favorite kits — we’ll be featuring more kits as soon as you create them!

Wonderful International Welcome Kits

Neat Ways to See US Cities

And these are just the beginning! We on the OHW team really love seeing your custom welcome kits (and you have me dreaming of visiting most of these cities now). If you’d like to sign up for early welcome kit access shoot me an email (Shannon@OhHeyWorld.com).

PS: Check out some of our OHW staff curated welcome kits in the US and tips for Digital Nomads in Southeast Asia. We also have community generated kits for Seattle.

Shannon O'Donnell

A storyteller and knowledge-seeker captivated by the world. Formally an actress and web-nerd, I left in 2008 to travel solo, volunteer, and hunt down delicious vegetarian eats all over the world. She recently published "The Volunteer Traveler’s Handbook, and her travel stories and photography are recorded on her travel blog, ALittleAdrift.com.

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Welcome Kits in the United States from OHW Staff

Last month we announced a new feature on Oh Hey World, the addition of Welcome Kits. This seemed like a great way for us to add even more value to travelers as they land in a new city and look for interesting connections and people in each new place. At the core, our OHW welcome kits provide the basic relevant information you need upon landing in a new city.

We have two types of kits, those curated by OHW staff, and those by the OHW community. We shared the OHW staff picks for digital nomads in Southeast Asia a few weeks ago, and now I’d like to take a look at the welcome kits you can use on travels throughout the United States. We aimed to cover all the hub cities to start, so you’re find OHW curated welcome kits for those.

Some cities even have niche interests covered with specific profiles for outdoors travelers and those with more tech interests (check out Denver and Boulder for sure!).

New York City

Featured United States Hub Cities

These are just the beginning as the OHW community grows and others add welcome kits that allow travelers to pinpoint the exact activities that match with their interests. And coming up later this week we’ll highlight some of the wonderful community-generated welcome kits that have been created from OHW members with specific interests and experiences in various cities all over the world. The idea behind these kits is to give you a concise set of ideas curated to your passions — we’re still expanding our scope be we hope these tips in the hub cities in the US give you some great ideas on your next trip there!

PS: You can also take a look at a number of community generated kits.

Shannon O'Donnell

A storyteller and knowledge-seeker captivated by the world. Formally an actress and web-nerd, I left in 2008 to travel solo, volunteer, and hunt down delicious vegetarian eats all over the world. She recently published "The Volunteer Traveler’s Handbook, and her travel stories and photography are recorded on her travel blog, ALittleAdrift.com.

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Welcome Kits for Digital Nomads in Southeast Asia

When I decided to hit the travel trail in late 2011, I planned to go to Southeast Asia and be a digital nomad building WordPress websites (such as this one for Room77) until I figured out what my next career move was (which turned out to be building Oh Hey World). I did all sorts of research to figure out the best places to live as a digital nomad in Southeast Asia, and I eventually decided upon Chiang Mai due to the sheer volume of good recommendations about the city from other travel bloggers (Koh Tao was my second choice). When I arrived in Chiang Mai in early February to stay for a few months, I had a few very specific questions related to getting acclimated to the region:

  • Where should I stay for 1-3 months?
  • What expat communities exist?
  • What events are coming up that I’d be interested in?
  • Which coffee shops are the most comfortable with strong Wifi?
  • Who are the interesting people I want to meet?

That information was hard to find, so I set out to solve this problem on Oh Hey World. Our digital nomad welcome kits now answer those exact questions for digital nomads all over SouthEast Asia — and, eventually, the world.

Bangkok welcome kitGlobetrotting around Southeast Asia right now making money from your computer? If so, you’re in luck because we have welcome kits we’ve specifically curated for you for the major expat hubs around the region.

Tips for digital nomads in:

Have you been to any of these cities, and have something we should add? Leave a comment here or email shannon@ohheyworld.com and we’ll add them to our collection. If you’d like to create your own completely custom welcome kit for a city (such as this one for Santiago), then head over to our Welcome Kits page to learn more.

PS: You can also view some community generated welcome kits and OHW curated welcome kits in the US.

Drew Meyers

Drew Meyers is the co-founder of Horizon & Oh Hey World. He worked for Zillow from September of 2005 to January of 2010 on the marketing team managing Zillow’s API program and various online partnerships. Founder of Geek Estate Blog, a multi-author blog focused on real estate technology for real estate professionals, and myKRO.org, a blog devoted to exploring the world of microfinance. As passionate as you get about travel.

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A Preview of OHW Welcome Kits

The Oh Hey World welcome kits are a cornerstone resource for OHW users. Once you check into a new city, we want you to have a concise handful of tips tailored exactly to your interests and travel style that are relevant to where you find yourself. That means if you’re keen to use coworking spaces in each new city you visit, whether you land in Denver or Singapore we’ll show you the most relevant shared working environments (from great wifi cafes to coworking spots).

The OHW community is still growing (we’re in beta and we so appreciate your early support!) and for that reason the welcome kits contain city tips sourced from our travel network. We’ve looked to long-term travel community and curated the best tips and resources they have to offer on cities all over the world. These welcome kits will grow and change as the community grows up, and we expect many more tips to surface not only from our curated network, but from you—our OHW users.

Right now, if you see a tip you love you can “like” it to help others in the community know that it truly is a top way to experience that city. We’re counting on the collective power of a strong global community to create user-generated and dynamically changing tips as new cafes, shops, and businesses surface.

If you haven’t seen a welcome kit yet (we’ve rolled them out in select cities in the US and Southeast Asia) have a look at Bangkok or perhaps San Francisco. Both of these cities are hubs of tech entrepreneurs and digital nomads and as such, we’ve collected the most relevant information you’ll need on arrival in either of these cities.

Bangkok welcome kit

What types of tips will you find?

  • The best coworking and hackerspaces in the city
  • Wifi cafes (and only the ones that won’t get snooty if you camp out for a bit!)
  • Accommodation recs
  • Popular activities in the region

Really, it varies depending on where you land. If you’re in Denver, we suspect you’ll want to touch base with the entrepreneurial scene and perhaps the best nearby hikes. But if you land in Bangkok, we give some tips on finding long-term accommodation alongside the best coffee shops in the city. As the tips grow, you’ll also find custom kits for families since we know you have different needs than an entrepreneur in town on business.

We think this feature will change the way travelers arrive in a new city.

How do we envision your arrival experience?

It starts with a check in on OHW to notify of your safe arrival (update the Book of Face) and then see if any friends (or friends of friends) are nearby. After the check-in, our welcome kit gives you a bead on the exact tips you need to get right to the travel experience with minimal fuss (and only the best handful of tips).

Then you’re on your way to that great coffee shop, coworking space, restaurant, or hike.

In short, the tips will grow a lot in the coming weeks and months to customize welcome information for every type of interest or traveler. And if you’re keen to create your own welcome kit for a city you know and love, email me and we’ll give you special early access.

Many thanks for being a part of the OHW community, and if you’re not signed up yet, request private beta access!

Shannon O'Donnell

A storyteller and knowledge-seeker captivated by the world. Formally an actress and web-nerd, I left in 2008 to travel solo, volunteer, and hunt down delicious vegetarian eats all over the world. She recently published "The Volunteer Traveler’s Handbook, and her travel stories and photography are recorded on her travel blog, ALittleAdrift.com.

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