Through the use of “micro-blogging” technology, travelers can upload snippets of knowledge about the places they visit. Knowledge is anything a future traveler might need to know, such as where to party, how to save money, scams to avoid, transportation challenges, and other need-to-know travel advice. Knowledge, once uploaded, is indexed and organized by location and information type for the benefit of future travelers.
The backpackers should have a travel community they can rely on for accurate and timely travel information, information you just can’t find in guidebooks. Since backpackers naturally rely on each other for the best travel information anyway, micro-blogging is a logical step for the travel community.
Today, most backpackers travel with some sort of laptop or portable electronic device, making it easy to maintain regular contact with other backpackers. Micro-blogging in other forums, such as travel blogs, has become a popular source of information for travelers, who rely on personalized information to plan their trips. With increased connectivity and the proliferation of the Internet abroad, more and more backpackers are turning to each other and online resources for the best travel information, and less and less on traditional print guidebooks.
Backpackers are the best travelers in the world. They travel on tiny budgets, rely on local transportation, meet dozens of locals and fellow travelers daily, and are not afraid to go off the beaten path.