What travel destinations are on your bucket list? Is your list short, lengthy, specific, vague, or believable? There are approximately 200 countries in the world—that’s a lot of possible destinations. Multiply that by the number of offerings that each country has to offer (seemingly infinite) and you are left with a bucket list too large to not prioritize. Don’t let this discourage you though. It is also one of my goals to travel to many places around the globe. I have only been to four other countries outside of the U.S.—so my bucket list is still overflowing. I want to introduce you to an application that is currently under development and raising funds on Indiegogo, named Fripito.
Jan Brezina, of the Czech Republic, is a photographer, traveler, video caster and founder of Fripito. He has visited over 100 countries and has an arsenal of photographs worthy of National Geographic. His interest in travel and photography began as a tour guide for other amateur photographers and has now led to the concept of Fripito.
So what is it? Think Yelp and TripAdvisor. Fripito is an online community made by photographers for photographers providing up-to-date travel tips and venues for photo expeditions. The app walks you through how to take that perfect photo of the Namibian desert at sunset or the pristine sights atop Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park. “All guides will be focused to discover beautiful landscapes and interesting places including many practical tips. Each guide will be built on amazing photos with tips on where to go for the unique atmosphere, best light and the best views, but also on how to set-up your camera, what lens or accessories to use.”
Within the Fripito community, members can upload photos, comments and tips to existing guides or create guides of their own. However, all such uploads and additions will first be approved for quality (photos) and accuracy (location, weather, tips, and accessories) by Fripito prior to being public. The campaign needs to raise funds for three critical areas: translating guides into multiple languages (50% of budget), expanding the team of photographers and travelers (30%), and to promote the app to build a sufficient community (20%). Those who back the project can expect anything from high-resolution original prints to a portfolio review to a four-day workshop with the founder in Prague!
When speaking with Jan via Skype it was clear why he had chosen to use crowdfunding as the avenue to fund his venture. “Fripito is not focused on the general public but rather photographers [a niche market]. We are not like Facebook and other tech giants that have widespread recognition and therefore need local and grass-roots efforts to launch.” Jan decided to use Indiegogo as the platform of choice. He and his team met and worked with Indiegogo at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in early January. Per Jan, Indiegogo was very helpful in coaching them on their campaign creation.
I for one, am looking forward to this new app. I love photography and I love traveling to new places. The application promises to bring these two together in a relevant and real-time setting cradled in quality and aesthetic beauty—POP!