Gamechangers: Technology - Full-Time Travel

Gamechangers: Technology

Gamechangers: Technology

Our winners in the technology have created solutions to streamline travel experiences, from simplifying the visa process and trip planning, to connecting travelers with like-minded communities and providing essential resources. 


Courtesy of Portico

For those who put everything into meticulously planning each trip they embark on, Portico is a dream tool. The platform bridges the gap between the inspiration stage and planning stage of travel, allowing the user to pin listicles, Instagram posts, websites and more, then create a detailed itinerary on a daily calendar complete with maps. Once your trip is complete, Portico allows you to share your perfectly crafted itinerary with friends and family, so they can follow in your footsteps on their next trip. FTT’s editor used Portico to plan a four-month, cross-country road trip and recommends it to anyone looking for a place to collect ideas, keep track of reservations and plans, and store all the memory-jogging details of a trip for later reflection.


Courtesy of Zeal

As more of us transition to working outside the traditional office environment permanently, Zeal – a membership platform designed to help remote workers navigate a digital nomad lifestyle and thrive – provides much-needed resources and community. Zeal members get a broad range of benefits, including help with the international visa process, accommodation discounts, productivity hacks, community events, and access to local partners for essentials like healthcare and financial services. With Zeal, the leap between working from home to working from the beach seems less intimidating. Join the company’s upcoming activation in partnership with Barbados Tourism, a Caribbean retreat which provides a snapshot of what a remote work lifestyle feels like, complete with experiences, events and connection with like-minded people. Attend in person or join remotely to experience the benefits of Zeal.

Local Purse

Courtesy of Local Purse

Local Purse is a video shopping platform that allows users to explore a foreign destination with a knowledgeable guide, meet and learn from local artisans, and purchase souvenirs in real time. Born at the height of the pandemic, a moment when nobody was traveling and demand for virtual experiences was high, Local Purse transported shoppers to the souks of Marrakech for an immersive shopping experience. Now the pandemic is simmering down, the company is poised to align itself with our sustainability conscious mindset, cutting out the middleman and allowing armchair tourists to purchase goods directly from artisans from the convenience of home.


Courtesy of Atlys

The process of getting tourist visas is often time consuming and overly bureaucratic. New app, Atlys, aims to make that a thing of the past. Once downloaded, Atlys streamlines the visa process, processing paperwork and payment, clarifying COVID travel restrictions and requirements, and issuing documents directly from government sources – all in 10 minutes or less (Atlys recently set a record by completing a user's application to Egypt in just 85 seconds). While Atlys is a useful tool for any avid traveler, it’s particularly essential for residents of countries with “weak passports,” who are normally forced to muddle through the visa application process whenever they travel abroad.


Courtesy of HerHouse

Solo travel trend continues to grow in popularity among women, and thanks to HerHouse it’s easier than ever for those female travelers to find safe places to stay abroad. The app connects travelers with background-checked hosts offering up a bed in their homes. The generosity of hosts is rewarded with points they can exchange for travel discounts and perks, and the traveler gets a free, safe place to stay and a friendly local to show them around their chosen destination. It’s a win/win that promises to cultivate trust and connection among the growing community of female solo travelers. HerHouse is currently offering 30% off memberships until the end of June 2022 with code SUMMER2022.

"This sculpture is called "Transmission" by artist Daniel Popper. Its a reminder that we are all rooted in love, unity and the divine. She stands a towering 28 feet tall and is located on Mojave Moon Ranch in Joshua Tree. The land is private property, so you can see it from the viewing platform off of Sunfair Road. And take it from me, it's best viewed at sunset."

Reel: @johnofah

There's more to Greece than the white and blue buildings and the surrounding Mediterranean Sea. If you're planning a visit, check out these places below!

📍Kokkinopilos. Preveza
📍Verliga Dragon lake, Thessaly
📍Ithaca island, lonian Sea
📍Aoos springs lake, Epirus
📍Lake Prespes, Macedonia
📍Balda di Stringa waterfalls, Epirus
📍Meteora, Thessaly
📍Pelion, Thessaly
📍Lake Zorika, Epirus
📍Mt Lakmos
📍Crete island, Aegean Sea
📍Gistova Dragon lake, Macedonia

Reel: @farawayfarers

Swim or kayak through the limestone cliffs of the Twin Lagoon, a must-visit destination for those traveling to Coron, Palawan, Philippines. It is called "twin" lagoon because it consists of two lagoons separated by a limestone cliff, with one lagoon on top of the other. The water in the inner lagoon is warm and clear, with a stunning turquoise color that makes it popular for swimming and snorkeling.

Reel: @travelifejournal

Take a dip in a series of seven saltwater lagoons located in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile. The Lagoons of Baltinache are known for their beautiful turquoise waters and unique geological formations. The high concentration of minerals in the water gives it a unique buoyancy that makes swimming in the lagoons a unique experience.

Reel: @everchanginghorizon

Watching the sun rise above the clouds at Haleakalā National Park is one of the most memorable experiences you could have. Haleakalā is a Hawaiian name that means “House of the Sun” and is an awesome place to watch the clear night sky and stars fade away as the sun lights up the sky and the earth.

Reel: @girlchill_sunset

Just 1 hour from Shanghai by train, Cherry Blossom Valley is a popular tourist destination, particularly in the spring when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. The valley is named after the thousands of cherry blossom trees that cover the area and create a stunning display of pink and white flowers. The trees were originally planted in the 1980s by a group of Japanese experts who were invited to China to help with reforestation efforts. The best time to visit is typically in late March or early April. Get there early to beat the crowds!

Reel: @cyncynti

New Zealand is unbelievable. See it for yourself:

1. Fiordland National Park
2. A classic backcountry hut trip
3. Blue Pools walk
4. Hooker Lake
5. Milford Sound
6. Lake Pukaki

Reel: @kylekotajarvi

Surrounded by lush greenery, towering karst mountains, and the river flowing through, the Detian Waterfall is a popular tourist attraction and a symbol of the close relationship between China and Vietnam. It is the largest waterfall in Asia and the fourth largest cross-border waterfall in the world.

Reel: @sophoebelous

Escape to a serene and peaceful oasis away from the bustling city of Marrakech at Le Jardin Secret—a beautiful and historic garden where visitors can escape the noise and chaos and enjoy the beauty of nature. The garden was originally built in the 16th century and is home to many different species of plants, including exotic flowers, citrus trees, and palm trees.

Reel: @hypermiggzz

For a magical moment and bucket list travel experience, visit the end point of the annual monarch butterfly migration. Starting in August, the monarchs travel 2,800 miles south from Canada, making a temporary home amid the towering trees of the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in Mexico, where the two most popular sanctuaries to view them are el Rosario in the state of Michoacan and Piedra Herrada in Estado de México. Standing in silence while thousands of delicate wings beat in unison is something you'll never forget.

Reel: @juliiathompson

There's just something beautiful about snow covered landscapes like this popular attraction in southwestern Utah. Known for its unique geology, @brycecanyonnps_gov consists of a series of natural amphitheaters, called "hoodoos," formed by erosion of the rock layers.

Photo: @nathanleeallen

As we experience a couple more weeks of winter, we can't help but dream of tropical destinations like Hawaii. The warm water, sunny skies, and consistent waves make it an ideal destination for surfers. Hawaii has a vibrant surf culture and community and is also a beautiful place to explore outside of the water, with lush green mountains, stunning beaches, and unique cultural experiences.

Reel: @christopherballadarez

1. @sequoiakingsnps, California
2. @canyonlandsnps, Utah
3. @olympic_nps, Washington
4. @whitesandsnps, New Mexico
5. Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona
6. Knik Glacier, Alaska

Reel: @nathanleeallen