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Jodi recently launched her Jodi Eats food walks. Seriously, she will coordinate the best food walks ever. I just KNOW it (because I’ve eaten with her!).
For those in Saigon, or planning to visit soon, make sure you book a walk asap.
Disclosure: Jodi is a good friend. While she is NOT a foodie, she does love food.
We’ve been thinking a lot about the future direction of Oh Hey World. You may have read the PandoDaily recap I wrote about a month ago. Part of that, is revamping our about page message.
Arriving in a new city is a high stress moment that involves some combination of a wide range of disconnected services. You text your parents, and call your significant other. Email your three best friends back home. Text the friend you’re staying with and shoot an email to the friend you’ve scheduled coffee with. You look at Yelp for a restaurant recommendation. Check in to Foursquare, which in turn updates Facebook and Twitter. Order a car on Uber or Lyft. Finally, you may take a peek at TripAdvisor or Google to find things to do.
In short — it’s a total mess.
And we don’t like messes. So we decided to do something about it. Oh Hey World simplifies that process to one central experience driven from the palm of your hand. Location sharing is centralized over text, email, Facebook, Twitter, and even to a WordPress.org blog. We also understand that every trip is different, and that you may not want to broadcast your location every time you leave home (no one wants to be the “jerk” bragging about all their travels) — our private and public check-ins ensure the people who need to know, know … and those who don’t, well, don’t.
Arriving in a new city doesn’t need to be a disconnected mess that stresses you out. Shouldn’t it just require one click?
We think so.
Despite the enormous sums of money that have been thrown at the travel vertical, the online travel experience has remained stagnant for over a decade. In short, the current travel experience sucks, and we see a better way. A brighter future some might say (who says that? um…us). You see, our grand vision is to break down all barriers to travel and get more people traveling – a world where everyone not only has a passport, but a stamp in it (more on that here).
Sure, the online travel experience sucks and it should be better. We KNOW it will get better. Yet we realized, we aren’t going to centralize the entire arrival experience in one go. That’s a bit ambitious, even for a venture backed company — and certainly for a bootstrapped startup such as ourselves. We thought that was the right approach way back when, when we were busy with our elaborate plot to boil the vast vast blue ocean. Hint: it didn’t work. Lucky for us, centralizing the arrival process is not truly what we are setting out to solve anyway.
The high level goal for Oh Hey World long term is, and always has been, to connect people with shared passions & interests in person.
New Version (seen here)
In the simplest sense, Oh Hey World is the site you, a changemaker, visit when you want to meaningfully connect with others who share your passions and interests.
That’s the core of our company, and it’s why we believe you’re here. In-person conversations with fellow changemakers (or email/skype/phone conversations at the very least) are the holy grail of travel; what take your experience from enjoyable to life-changing.
The communities here on Oh Hey World allow you to connect with others in a new city or town (heck, even your own town!) who want to hold great conversations with others who have that same level of passion as you.
So, what do we mean by communities?
Well, you can rally around any number of causes, ideas, or organizations and find others who share that passion. Whether it’s startups, microfinance, photography, Kiva, social entrepreneurship, Apple, or any of a thousand other topics, we believe great conversations occur when you meet others in your community.
Our dream: two people with shared interests meeting eye to eye in the same room and forming real relationships. This is where the magic in life happens. People need to look up in life from time to time to enjoy the moment, to enjoy their environment, ideas and company of others who share their interests in life.
Our aim is to build a tool that creates this value for every person using it in a fast, simple way that they can use in their own town, but especially to make new connections when they’re on the road or traveling the world (more on that here).
Nothing happens in life without great relationships. And great relationships start as connections, and turn into real trusted & valuable relationships only after in person time is added to the mix. Networking, and finding those right relationships, is a horribly inefficient process – particularly when travel is thrown into the equation. We see a better way. A brighter future some might say (who says that? um…us).
We dream of a world where passionate people seeking to make this a better world can build a community of like minded folks to help turn their ideas for change into reality. One email, coffee appointment, glass of wine, happy hour, or free place to stay at a time.
Do you give a damn?
A Bit About Us
The Oh Hey World team is a diverse group of travel-lovers who banded together under a shared vision that there was a better way to connect changemakers to each other. With the disparate ways to “do good” in this world, we were frustrated by missed connections with great people in each new city we visited.
From that frustration we connected the dots into the idea that we could built that solution. We could create a passionate community of travelers who give a damn about making this world better by simply allowing them to enter into conversations with each other on the road.
You can read more about the OHW team here.
There are a number of software platforms that have strong communities behind them. The likes of WordPress, Facebook, Google, Apple, and Amazon (and countless others) all have extremely large local communities that pay the bills for many, many talented individuals all over the globe.
But there are smaller, up and coming communities emerging all the time around various platforms. Every software product is a community, in a sense. Ghost, an open source blogging platform, is one of them. We recently got the first member of the Ghost community (which I blogged about a couple weeks ago), in Patrick Schumann, who is currently in Stuttgart (his website).
Another open source platform, which I expect will develop quite an active developer ecosystem, is discourse.org. Discourse is the 100% open source, next-generation discussion platform built for the next decade of the Internet. I first heard about it from my friend Arjun, and have seen it discussed several times by people in the Dynamite Circle forums.
Enter the location aware Discourse community directory. Since I literally just created it, it is, of course, empty. Which is where you come in!
If you are using the platform already – please, join the community page and express your love for Discourse — assuming you like the product, of course! We’ll eventually give you the ability to receive email notifications when others join the community nearby, but that’s not implemented yet.
“Ready for a new discussion platform?” – Discourse
Note: To use the community page, you’ll have to sign into Oh Hey World, check-in to a city, and THEN visit the Discourse community page. We’re in the middle of pivoting our product offering, and currently working through the UI/UX/Design – we’ll end up with an intuitive flow focused on communities and not the check-in…but we’re not there yet.
My friend is planning a trip to Thailand next year, and asked my my recommendations. Here’s the scenario:
We are a family of 4 (two boys 4 and under). We are looking to spend a month in Thailand and would like recommendations on locations. We mainly want to stay in one or two places (so the kids don’t have to switch hotels/sleeping arrangements too often). Ideally we would spend a lot of time by a beach/pool. We would also like to have a trip where the boys can ride elephants and see more wildlife (chiang mai?). We were thinking of renting a house so we can have friends and guests come visit and stay with us (I don’t think we necessarily need help finding the house). So we would like to understand the best places to stay where we can do day trips and not have to travel too far very often.
I certainly haven’t been everywhere in Thailand, but I have spent a decent chunk of time there over the course of three separate trips — Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Krabi, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Tao, Koh Phangan, and Pai.
I would recommend spending 1 week in Chiang Mai (where I lived for 10 weeks in 2012), a few days in Bangkok, and the rest of the time exploring from Krabi. The reason I think Krabi town will be the best bet as the place to spend the most time, is there is a vibrant town atmosphere, great food (duh, it’s Thailand), and multiple great nearby beaches & islands to explore. Koh Phi Phi is the most famous island (which I love). And, while I didn’t make it to Railey (Rai Leh), I know multiple people who have raved about it. Christine is one of those people, and her thoughts can be found here.
With respect to elephants, don’t ride them at all. Instead, go to Chiang Mai and spend time at the Elephant Nature Reserve (more info – http://www.
The elephants tourists ride are abused. I had no idea prior to going to Chiang Mai in early 2012, but once there all the expats told me about how the elephants are actually treated and everyone raved about their time at the nature reserve, which rescues elephants and rehabilitates them. Below is a video worth watching:
What am I missing in the way of advice for a family? Please leave any advice or thoughts you wish to add in the comments.
Yes, adventure very much is calling. When does the next plane depart?
I ‘ve been a WordPress user since 2006 (personal blog here). I’m not ready to switch all my sites over to a new platform, but it does feel incredibly bloated as an editor. Which is, of course, where Ghost entered the picture last year. It was released publicly for anyone to try on Monday.
It’s promise is, “Just a Blogging Platform”.
There were over 5k backers for their Kickstarter campaign — which means there is clearly demand for a blogging platform without the baggage.
If Ghost takes off, and early indicators seem good (it’s not easy to get 5k backers for a product that doesn’t exist), you can bet there will be a “Ghost ecosystem” of advocates, developers, trainers, and designers scattered all over the world — just as there is with WordPress. For those of you “in” that community, I imagine you want to know who else is part of the community, in your local area, no?
Enter the location aware Ghost community directory. Since I literally just created it, it is, of course, empty. Which is where you come in!
If you are using the platform already – please, join the community page and express your love for Ghost — assuming you like the product, of course! We’ll eventually give you the ability to receive email notifications when others join the community nearby, but that’s not implemented yet.
Note: To use the community page, you’ll have to sign into Oh Hey World, check-in to a city, and THEN visit the Ghost community page. We’re in the middle of pivoting our product offering, and currently working through the UI/UX/Design – we’ll end up with an intuitive flow focused on communities and not the check-in…but we’re not there yet.
Today I have Andrea Nicholas here to talk about her travels, work and passions. Andrea has been one of our earliest globetrotters utilizing Oh Hey World, and I’m as excited as you to learn a bit more about her…and hope to meet her in person at some on the travel trail.
1) What do you do?
Currently, I’m buying one way tickets around Europe and just living moment by moment! For the past two and a half months, I’ve been living in Switzerland and nannying for a lovely family here. I intend to keep traveling around, doing exchange work, teaching English, and nannying.
2) Why do you do what you do?
The summer before last, I realized that I was living “in” the future. Essentially, I had this idea built up in my head that whenever I hit a certain point, my life would really begin. A lot of inner-work and great conversations helped me realize that the Present moment is the place to be! The thing is, we’ll never be satisfied with reaching _____, because there will always be something else in the future that we crave.
3) What are you most excited about right now?
Each and every moment! Especially with the traveling that I’m doing, it’s really easy to build future experiences up. Sometimes, I find myself getting more excited about a upcoming event than whatever I’m doing in the moment. Whenever this happens, I just have to center myself and find contentment in the Now.
4) What’s next for you?
I haven’t officially announced it yet, but now is as good of a time as any – I’m going to Cyprus! For three months, I’ll be living at Green Rays of Light Garden. GROL garden is an organic garden with a strong emphasis on permaculture and is in the midst of developing a holistic community. People there enjoy meditation, yoga, and living at a high-vibrational state. I am incredibly excited spend time there and know I will learn so much about both mother earth and myself. (Also, living in the Mediterranean doesn’t exactly sound bad!)
5) What’s a cause you’re passionate about and why?
A cause I’m very passionate about is the promotion of sustainable living. This is one of the reasons I’m so looking forward to my time in Cyprus. While I’ve had small gardens in the past, I’m going to be learning a lot about creating and maintaining sustainable food sources. If we all do our part to reduce our “footprints,” we can do so much to help our planet get back to its natural state.
A big thanks to Andrea for sharing her successes and projects; if you’d like to connect or find out more about Andrea’s recent travels, you can find him on his OHW profile.
We regularly feature inspiring travelers who have taken the leap into travel as a part of our travel inspiration interview series. If you’re a traveler keen on being profiled here, sign up for an OHW account and fill in your profile — then shoot Shannon an email (shannon at ohheyworld dot com).
I mentioned Jauntaroo’s Jaunt Around the World competition last month. It’s still going (they’ve narrowed it down to 50), and I’m stoked that my friend Annie Cheng made the cut(VOTE for her HERE).
Since I’m inherently curious, I got to wondering where all these various applicants are? Annie and Cassidy are in Seattle (have to be logged in to OHW to view those links) – are any of the others? How many different countries are accounted for? Is there anyone in Thailand? China? Brazil? Kenya?
If you applied to be their Chief World Explorer – please, join the community page and express your love for Jauntaroo!
Note: To use the community page, you’ll have to sign into Oh Hey World, check-in to a city, and THEN visit the Jauntaroo community page. We’re currently working through the UI/UX/Design – we’ll end up with an intuitive flow focused on communities and not the check-in…but we’re not there yet.