Meetrip: Japanese Travel Sharing Service Expands to 10 Asian Cities

Japanese Travel Sharing Service Meetrip Expands to 10 Asian Cities -- To the blogger and non-blogger travel junkies friends out there, I got something that you might love for your usual travel errands: An online travel service portal called "Meetrip" (ミートリップ).
Meetrip Login Page
What is Meetrip?
The basic concept of Meetrip is, “Travel with local people”. The local hosts will be taking you to travel spots in their towns or cities, usually non-ordinary places that you can't find in the commercial travel guide books or a travel package perhaps.
Meetrip is a travel community marketplace, where the locals offer a wide variety of authentic and area-specific experiences for visitors.
At Meetrip, anyone who is willing to share his or her favorite local places and activities has opportunity to become a Meetrip local.
The vision?
If there is such, it must be the utmost utilization of the Internet in getting deeper into usually rare travel areas in the world. With Meetrip, one can visit and learn new places and cultures, as well as gain friends and probably, business deal and such. Meetrip plans to add 1,000 more cities in the future.

Meetrip was co-founded by Takashi Kiyama ([email protected]) sometime in June 2011, under the company Duckdive Inc. Here is the Meetrip Facebook Page.

Meetrip as an online travel sharing service, which started operating just two (2) months ago, matches up travelers and local guides or counterparts. Just recently, the company announced its expansion to other Asian cities including Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, South Korea, and Vietnam. Meetrip was initially operating in Tokyo alone. Eventually, it expanded to Taipei in September.

Coming from a Japanese guide in Tokyo regarding his experiences using the online tool to connect with travelers and visitors alike:
Up until now, some of the people I’ve met through being a local guide on Meetrip are a Turkish accountant, a Canadian Kindergarden teacher, and a guy who works for a broadcasting channel in Hungary. I’ve taken them to Kaiten-zushi, a local bar at Shinjuku, and karaoke. It was such an exciting experience! They all looking for the same thing in their trips — something that’s not in the guidebooks.

Here goes some screenshots of Meetrip online service functions:
Meetrip Selection of Cities Activities

Meetrip Activities by City (Bangkok)
Meetrip looks very promising, plus it has been getting popular attention from various top companies in Japan, at least for now. I know, it will make some serious sweep in other major cities in the world, sooner or later.

This reminded of SideCar, a Toronto based ride sharing program with a corresponding downloadable apps for iOS and Android. I do hope that Meetrip will contemplate on making one too, for better reach and convenience, specially to the iOS and Android patronizers out there.

Hey blogger friends! You too can be a local counterpart or travel guide or companion for that matter, with Meetrip. List down your not-so-known but fantastic place to visit in your town or city and sign up with Meetrip. Who knows?

20 comments:

  1. thsi is nice ,you have a local travel buddy from the host country. I like this idea.

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  2. In a few more months, Meetrip will be a household name for travel buffs. Seems a good idea .

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  3. Well I don't mind going on unconventional city spots. Meetrip would be a helpful tool for adventure seekers. I hope we can develop a local app for the Philippines.

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  4. Looks similar to couchsurfing though I kinda like their website more.

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  5. Meetrip will really be helpful for me as I get my regular dose of travels.

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  6. This is really nice. you have to see the views and you also got a friend during your visit. Really nice. :D

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  7. This is gonna be a good site for future travelers who will visit Japan, we can plan travel IT's ahead of time having more choices of destnations

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  8. Great website. For sure it will be a travel friendly one and beneficial for regular travelers.

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  9. yeah this reminds me of couchsurfing except you get a local host as a guide. not bad.

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  10. this is a great website! i like the idea and it will surely be helpful to many people/travelers

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  11. Only the locals know the best yet undiscovered spots in their area so I think this is a good way of finding those off-the-beaten-track treasures.

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  12. Will definitely join this.. I have been a local guide for number of visitors in our area, at least with Meetrip I can be paid :)

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  13. This is a great concept. It is a better way to tour and go off the beaten track of tourist places. You will have a touch of the local culture as well. Great idea!

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  14. I like the idea! It'll be more educational if there is a local to guide you in the tourist places!

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  15. this a great way to discover hidden tourist spots! nice :D

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  16. I agree that this is very promising. This will encourage more travelers especially those who are just starting or still contemplating to travel. I'm one of those. Scared but I really want to. And I think Meetrip is going to make it less scary

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  17. travel booking made easy.. I will take note of this as I might be using this service pretty soon

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  18. this is great .this is new to me... this is first time i read Meetrip. i will check it out !

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  19. Wow! Sounds neat. It's the first time I've heard about it. I like the concept.

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  20. This is pretty very useful for travelers. Life really made easy these days.

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