It’s time to start planning. I’m ready for float trips, camping, hiking. Really, I’m just ready to finally get outdoors after the long Iowa winter.
Recently I ran across a great Web site to help plan your summer travels. What really impressed me was its focus on the Midwest. Videotripper.com is like a Facebook for travelers and recreation lovers, allowing them to interact with each other and post events and comments. But the social networking aspect is really just a sidebar to the main event.
I think Michael Cole with Videotripper.com explains it best:
“VideoTripper.com is a visual search engine where you will find everything in one website also allowing you to actually see the destinations in a video tour directly from the map they reside in. Double click to zoom in and you have instant directions, click on an video icon and “see” what’s nearby and click the link to their profile page in our social network or their website for more information if you wish.”
The site already includes video tours for museums, water parks, golf courses, trails and wineries. And there are several big projects on the agenda now that the weather has improved, including shooting video in all of the Iowa and Minnesota state parks.
I actually ran into this problem last year while planning a KWWL camping trip. I wasn’t familiar with many of the parks in the area and was a bit hesitant to settle on a campsite without being able to see it. As much as I love a little adventure and mystery, I also wanted to make sure I was picking a picturesque location.
Michael and the gang are looking for lots of feedback (and of course lots of people to sign up as members). If you’re in vacation-planning mode, I think it’s worth checking out.