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VadoVia

VadoVia is built for travelers by travelers. It's crowd-sourced by travelers — no paid promotions or out-of-date information — only the inside scoop from those who have "been there, done that." VadoVia is the place where professional travel writers and personal travelers come together to share the little secrets only the locals know. You can use it as a tour planning site and post your own tour that others will love.

Packed full of functionality that will transform the way you travel, VadoVia was built to create a different traveling experience. As your companion, VadoVia captures your travels in ways that don't exist in any other travel app. With VadoVia you will never need another travel website for vacation planning!

As the crowd-sourced travel app and site, VadoVia's content grows as travelers, like you, create and share your tours, travel tips and information. You are part of a community of travelers who create a dynamic travel companion that is shared worldwide. This means that the capabilities of VadoVia are seemingly endless, which is always a pleasure when it comes to an app.

Check out VadoVia’s cool features below

Home

VadoVia opens up to whatever city in the world you happen to be in. The first thing you will see is a photo of a featured tour by a VadoVia Traveler. You can go to that tour and view the itinerary, the stops, the photos and notes. Or, you can browse other local tours nearby.

If there is not a tour yet created in that city you will be prompted to be the first to create one. From the home page you can navigate to the different features of the app.

Take a Tour

When you visit a new city, just open VadoVia and you’ll be shown popular tours near your location. Tap a tour and you’ll be shown a brief description of the tour, information about it’s stops and any reviews or ratings. Tap Start This Tour to begin! When you are near a stop on the tour you’ll be prompted to Check-in. Tap the orange circle near the stop’s name to see photos, notes or videos the tour creator has left. If you think a tour is missing a crucial stop, add it through the Off the Beaten Path feature.

Create a Tour

Tours in VadoVia are built around the cities or countries they’re based in. For example, do you know of the best places to get a burger in New York City? Use VadoVia to showcase those spots, add photos, notes and videos to really give each stop some flair.

Foursquare integration gives you a huge world of locations. You can even choose whether a tour is a Bicycling, Driving or Walking tour.

You can share your tour with all VadoVia travelers by making it public, or you can choose to share it only with your VadoVia friends, or you can keep it private for your eyes only.

Profile

To get started, simply create an account with your email address and set up your profile. You’ll need this in order to start taking tours and creating your own. You can choose to make your profile public, private or only accessible to your VadoVia friends. On your profile you can add a photo of yourself, a background photo, a bio, a link to your website or blog and as much or as little information as you choose. You will also find a link to your tours so that others can find all the tours you created in one place. You can invite friends from the VadoVia community, from Facebook, Twitter, or your iPad address book. You can also access and edit your profile from the VadoVia website.

My Tours

The “My Tours” area is where the tours you’ve created and those you are currently taking are stored. Here you will find your unpublished and published tours. You can edit or delete tours from here. You will also find your Tour History, which will be a list of the tours you’re taken and percentage of completion for each. Favorite Tours are tours you’ve looked at in the app or on the VadoVia website, that you “favorite” to take later in the app. When you favorite tours on the app or the website you can easily find those tours again under My Tours/Favorite Tours.

Search

The Search feature allows you to search for tours in a variety of ways. You can search by Name by entering the title of the tour or a keyword in the title. If you know the name of the person whose tour you’re looking for, search by Creator. Or, you can search by city to find tours in the city of your choice.

Postcard

You can take a photo on your trip and send it as a digital postcard with a personal message to your friends and family directly from the app. The postcard will be emailed from the app to the recipient in a very attractive format that looks a lot like a traditional postcard. The stamp on your postcard will appear as your profile photo.

Localmap

You can click on the LOCAL MAP tab anywhere you are in the world, and find things in your local vicinity. You can use the create tour or take tour features of the app from that screen as well as use any of the following features with just one click:

My Car

Save the location of where you parked your car on the map.

My Hotel

Save the location of your hotel on the map.

My Camera

Take photos from the local map and your photos appear on the map at the location where they were taken and they also save to your camera roll.

ATM

Shows you all nearby ATM locations.

POI

Shows you nearby Points of Interest.

Metro

Shows you nearby metro stop locations.

Taxi

Shows you nearby taxi stands.

VadoVia Tours

Shows you the VadoVia tours in the vicinity.

Weather

Shows you a local 5-day weather forecast.

Directions

Get directions to your destination from your current location.

VadoVia POI

Shows you places nearby that VadoVia travelers have included in their tours.

Create a Tour

Drop pins on the local map to easily create and save a tour.

Search Map

Allows you to search the map for things like restaurants, bars, stores etc…

Hospital

See nearby hospitals in case of emergency.

Police

See nearby police stations in case of emergency.

Book Hotel

Shows you hotels in the vicinity; book your hotel from the app.

Street View

On the local map and all maps of VadoVia tours you can change the map to street view, powered by Google to see exactly what the street and places look like on the map.

World Map

On the World Map you can see where other VadoVia users have created tours. Filtering to only Featured Tours shows you a selection of hand-picked tours from the VadoVia team. These tours represent the best that each city has to offer, from talented users and well known travel writers and bloggers. You can also view Active users currently online who have chosen to share their location as they are taking a tour or just chatting through VadoVia’s Traveler Chat system. The world map can also be viewed in Hybrid or Satellite mode.

...and much more.

How VadoVia Was Created

VadoVia came to life in 2010 while Enrico Cortesano and his wife, Elissa (VadoVia's co-founders) vacationed in Italy.  The idea was fueled by their passion for travel, photography and a desire to create a unique, useful and user-friendly way to travel that would appeal to the once-a-year vacationer as well as the experienced world traveler.

As avid travelers and technology enthusiasts, they envisioned VadoVia as a travel app that would change how travelers interact with each other and offer a new way to see the world.  A pretty ambitious undertaking and one that would take three years in design, development, countless builds, testing and retesting.

Now that VadoVia is a reality, they are looking forward to it becoming one of the most engaged places to be for those who are looking to enhance their travels.

About Enrico

Enrico was born in Naples, Italy.  His love affair with travel began when he was 16.  During the summer months, he would take off and travel solo around Europe.  One of his longest trips was spent exploring India in his early twenties.  He has travelled most of the world — Europe, South America, the Middle East, most of Africa, Australia, Japan, and parts of Asia.  China and Russia are the only major countries he has yet to visit.  Although he resides in the U.S., he loves to return to Italy for a couple of months in the summer to visit family and indulge in the culture.

As an accomplished photographer (enricocortesano.com) and technology enthusiast, if he's not wandering about with camera in hand, he's tinkering around in cyberspace.

He's fluent in Italian, French and occasionally, English.

About Elissa

Elissa was born in the U.S. and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  While in college, she enrolled in the study abroad program and with a Eurail pass in hand, she traveled throughout Europe.  In the summer months, she accompanied her mother, an international educator, throughout the Caribbean, Central and South America.

When Haiti was devastated by the 2010 earthquake, she actively advocated for Haitian Humanitarian and Relief Efforts and continues to do so.

She holds a BA in Political Science, French and Cross Cultural Studies and a Master's in International Affairs.

She's fluent in English, Italian, French, Creole, and can "get by" in Spanish.


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