TripTogether helps travelers connect with locals in a destination and with each other. // © 2014 Thinkstock / SirikuIT
A new website, TripTogether, is bringing social media and travel together in a new way by enabling travelers to connect with locals before their trip.
With a live chat feature and a network of more than 300,000 people, users can establish connections prior to their arrival or find travel companions for an upcoming trip — which could be beneficial for the single traveler market. The membership and most services on the website are free. TripTogether serves more than 200 countries and 11,000 cities.