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Loughborough University Students Help Shape the App That Gap Year Travellers Have Been Asking For

Students from the School of Business and Economics at Loughborough University attended a workshop to give feedback on Travamigos, the new app that enables backpackers to connect through a secure messaging system.

Travamigos also features trending travel destinations and articles, many contributed by backpackers. Loughborough students confirmed that they look for inspiration from travellers when planning their gap year destinations and activities. They’d also like see advice from experienced travellers about what to pack for their trip.

Travamigos CCO and co-founder Andy Wormington, who helped facilitate the workshop, was delighted with the outcome. “The students were fantastic,” says Andy, “The feedback was invaluable and provided the essential finishing touches to the app ahead of its official launch on May 1st. We’re extremely grateful”.

Amanda Berry, a lecturer at the School of Business and Economics at Loughborough University welcomed the opportunity for her students to get involved with real life projects. “We’re looking forward to further collaboration, including design of the ‘Make a Difference’ page on the Travamigos website,” says Amanda.

Travamigos is the brainchild of CEO and co-founder James Wormington. While backpacking in Brazil in 2015, James noticed a gap in the market for an app that connects like-minded travellers. Since then, Travamigos has developed into an essential tool that allows travellers to plan their perfect adventure and make new friends on the road.

James was keen to test the app with students, stating: “To quote Oliver Wendell Holmes: ‘Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than the one where they sprang up.’”

Travamigos is available on the iOS App Store as a free download, an Android version is currently under development.

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