In the winter of Dec 2015, I and my wife decided to go to Puerto Rico to celebrate our anniversary. Puerto Rico is a small enchanting island in the Caribbean. We were glad to escape the cold weather and had an amazing holiday. Puerto Rico is quite different from the rest of the United States and we had a memorable time.
I was eager to share this experience with family and friends. I shared our pictures. But I was not able to get anyone excited. There was no context to the photos and I could not describe my experience. Also I figured that no one could take advantage of our experience to plan his or her trip. I then realized that only sharing photos was not an effective way to narrate our story. So I started building HopBucket app as a medium to share travel experiences effortlessly and effectively.
HopBucket helps you turn your collection of travel photos into travel stories. These stories are easy to customize and share. Here is an example of a story shared on HopBucket — Puerto Rico. Creating a Photo Story on HopBucket is fast and fun!
Engagement and Effectiveness
Our travel experiences are not merely checklist items. These experiences define us and make us who we are. They are our stories. Based on our experience and that of travelers using HopBucket we have come up with the following pointers that you can use to make your travel stories effective and engaging.
1. Narrate your story through photos
Though only sharing photos does not make a story, photos are one of the most important components of an engaging story. Photos bring your words to life.
You can add a slideshow of your travel photos to your blog or website using HopBucket Slides. Readers of your site can click on your photos and leverage your experience to plan their own trips. They can aspire to a holiday like yours. They will thank you!
Puerto Rico is one of the Caribbean Islands. It is a small island. It enjoys a beautiful weather and is filled with equally beautiful and warm people.
Puerto Rico — Dec 2015 (Made with HopBucket Slides)
2. Geotag your photos
Geotagging means adding location information to your photos. Almost all smartphone cameras and even some DSLRs support geotagging. Geotags allow photo managers to identify and sort photos by location. You can then pick and choose the correct photos to add to your stories.
HopBucket automatically figures out the location information attached to your photos. As a result, readers of your story can visualize your trip on a map too! This is another example of engaging content that will keep your readers hooked.
3. Take short videos
Videos are a great way to engage your readers. Take short videos of your journey and places that you visit. When you are back stitch them together and upload it to YouTube. Embed the video on your site to capture readers’ attention.
HopBucket supports embedding YouTube videos into your stories. Here is an example of how a YouTube vlogger is using HopBucket to widen his audience. — The Ruins Of Hampi, Karnataka
4. Keep it real and useful
People love reading about real experiences. If you establish yourself as a source of authentic information about places amongst your family and friends, you win! Readers will come back to you for more if they can use information from your stories. Also sharing your raw experiences means no one can copy you or your style. That helps you stand out from the crowd.
5. Travel Smart
There is no great story without great experiences. As a traveler you must focus on creating great experiences instead of worrying about logistical details. This is where trip managers come into the picture. Trip manager apps help you organize your travel plans in one place.
The HopBucket Trip Manager helps you manage your itinerary as you travel. It optimizes your route so that you cover the minimum distance. Also, you can take notes as you travel the world without worrying about losing them ever.
When you are on the road, the trip manager gives you directions, websites, phone numbers, open hours, and even reviews — without you having to search for it. The trip manager also shows nearby attractions and even suggests where you should go next. You can always quickly visualize your entire trip on a map.
Where can I get HopBucket?
HopBucket is largely influenced by the recommendations we have been receiving from the HopBucket community of travelers. We would love to hear your ideas and your feedback. You can reach out to us at [email protected] or [email protected]
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