Journy

Track your travels and compare with your friends

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Maximiliaan Van Kuyk
Maker
@maximiliaan_van_kuyk · Founder
Hi everyone! Max here, Co-Founder of Journy! We started on Journy about a year ago to create a digital profile of ourselves as travelers. We figured a game was one of the best ways to go about it! We wanted to capture a single, easy to digest, indicator that gave some sort of an illustration of what kind of a traveler we were, which is why we landed on experience and levels. We also wanted to provide some richer information in the form of trophies that show some of the highlights of your travels and give you something to chase after while you are traveling. But we aren’t going to stop there, thats just the start. We are working on building out social functions that will help you travel more and with more people which will in turn increase your experience and level on Journy. Think a form of social discovery for travel, but based on where your friends are now, where they have been in the past, and where their friends are. We want to help people connect friends to each other while they travel since we believe part of the travel experience is who you meet up with along the way. Currently we are using social media to get information on you as a traveler to minimize friction for our users, which we understand for many of you may not be ideal as you are not all avid social media fanatics. However we found that if there was ever a time to post its while traveling. In the future we hope to solve this problem and make it so even if you don’t like to post your travels to social media you will still be able to claim your deserved level on Journy. We would love to hear your thoughts and ideas for future features as we are bootstrapped and very much building this out based off of user feedback! Thanks for the up votes! <3
Ryan Hoover@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
The game mechanics make this look like a travel-focused Swarm. Note: the name as this other travel app I've used and like:Journy 🤔
Maximiliaan Van Kuyk
Maker
@maximiliaan_van_kuyk · Founder
@rrhoover Hi Ryan! Yea you could say that, the algorithm that allots XP to users based on their travels, which we call 'Montu', takes into account about 20 variables on each data point. The trophies are very much like swarm for travel, but the purpose of them is more of a scavenger hunt dynamic while traveling, as well as a fun way to show off some of the cooler places you've been upfront on your profile. Its the name we have been working with since we started thinking about the project a few years ago and the founders had a hard time letting go of it, I guess life has many Journy's ;)
Susan HoHiring@susan_ho · Founder, Journy (gojourny.com)
@maximiliaan_van_kuyk @rrhoover LOL — Max we should do a partnership to make this evennnn moreeee confusingggg. We're actually re-branding because the SEO for "Journy" is so incredibly bad. We've had so many travelers try to tell their friends about us and their friends can't find us online. Google auto-corrects it to "Journey", there's Journeys the shoe company that takes out paid ads against it, and then of course there's Journey the band. Damn near impossible to get our site to show up without clicking "Search instead for Journy", which most people don't do. We've also been attached to the name, but I definitely regret not pulling the band-aid off sooner and switching to something more search friendly.
Maximiliaan Van Kuyk
Maker
@maximiliaan_van_kuyk · Founder
@susan_ho @rrhoover haha, oh boy. Yea we are acutely aware of this... Def keep us posted on your rebranding so we can make sure not to double up again! When are you planning on executing the rebrand? We are bootstrapped at the moment and this is just our MVP so its something we will be needing to discuss as a team in the next 6 months. Thanks for the heads up though! Also, I can definitely think of a few ways we can collaborate. We should get in touch and float some ideas :)
Susan HoHiring@susan_ho · Founder, Journy (gojourny.com)
@maximiliaan_van_kuyk We need to do it in the next month, but may end up dragging our feet a bit longer... let me know how things go! I'm susan at gojourny.com
Maximiliaan Van Kuyk
Maker
@maximiliaan_van_kuyk · Founder
@susan_ho For sure! we have a friend in common, Gillian from Hitlist. I'll ask her to connect us :)
Jared Morgenstern@jjflex · CEO, Chime
I'm excited to relive the travel I've done in the way I love playing video games - where the off the beaten path places I've visited bc achievement reminders of why I've got to get out there and do it again. Excited for the social features. Great job max.
Maximiliaan Van Kuyk
Maker
@maximiliaan_van_kuyk · Founder
@jjflex Thanks Jared! Can't wait to get them out there!
Gillian MorrisHiring@gillianim · CEO, Hitlist
Not ashamed: I spent 2+ hours the first time this came out going back an re-tagging early Facebook photos with location to help me get a boost in the rankings. I know this has been in the works a long time, good to see it come out!
Maximiliaan Van Kuyk
Maker
@maximiliaan_van_kuyk · Founder
@gillianim Thanks for the love and support! Doesn't hurt that you are probably one of the most prolific travelers I know haha #killinit
Blake caldwell@blakehcaldwell · CEO, The Moguard - CEO/CTO, Larc Chat
It's pretty damn awesome that it automatically finds everywhere I've travelled to by only connecting my Instagram account. Bravo
Maximiliaan Van Kuyk
Maker
@maximiliaan_van_kuyk · Founder
@blakehcaldwell Thanks Blake! Appreciate the support. There is also a bunch of useful information about how it works on our FAQ www.playjourny.com/faq Let me know if you have any questions!