New site feature: Trips
I’ve just added a new feature to The Session that I’ve been meaning to do for ages.
If you’re planning to travel somewhere, you can now add the dates and location as a trip. Here’s an example of an upcoming trip I’ll be taking to Saint Augustine, Florida:
On the page for a trip, you’ll see any events that will be on while you’re there, any sessions that might be happening, and any members of the site who live nearby. If anyone else is taking a trip to the same area around the same time, you’ll see that too.
You can add a trip from your member profile. Along with the option to add or update your usual location, there’s now a button that says "add a trip":
(There’s also a subtle link on the home page too.)
I’ve tried to keep the process of adding a trip as quick and simple as possible: say where you’re going (sometimes the town is enough; but add the country or state if you want to be sure), and select the start and end dates. Then you’ll be shown a map (which you can adjust) and once everything looks right, your trip is posted.
Also, if someone else adds a trip that takes them near you, you’ll be notified of that on the home page of the site (but of course you’ll need to have added your location on your member profile for that to work, so please do that if you haven’t already).
It really, really makes me happy when The Session can help people get together for some tunes, so I’m hoping that this new feature will increase the chance of that happening.
If you’ve got any travel planned, go ahead and add some trips (if you’re going to multiple places on a trip, add each destination as a separate trip):
If you’ve got any feedback on this new feature, please let me know in a comment on this discussion thread.