What is GroupOuting?
GroupOuting is the world’s first travel marketplace in true sense of the term, which connects travelers and travel agents over an online platform. In short GroupOuting is a complete travel solution. This online platform allows travelers to create their own travel plans, setup custom itinerary, form groups and finally invite secret bids from numerous travel agents. Users can also join other public travel groups or buy a travel package offered by travel agents online. While traveling, users can manage their group expense using the group expense manager. In fact GroupOuting offers hoard of other features to make your travel experience complete and enriching.
I see you are selling travel packages. So how are you different from any other travel portal?
That is exactly where GroupOuting is different and unique. The travel packages you see are not sold by us. They are sold by travel agents themselves. Just like you are registered here as a traveler, similarly there are thousands of travel agents from across India who are registered as well. The packages are offered by these travel agents cater to all kind of budget and travel needs. GroupOuting aims to become the most trusted online platform which offers a complete travel solution. Connecting these travel agents with travelers on a transperant plaform is just one of our endeveours.
If i am registered in GroupOuting, will i be hounded by travel agents?
Absolutely not. In fact it is the other way round. User profiles are absolutely private whereas the Travel Agent profiles are public. A travel agent will never get to know or see you until you contact them directly. You on the other hand can see all travel agent profiles.
Why do you only have social login/ registration?
GroupOuting is a community based social travel marketplace. The idea is to encourage traveling in social groups – of known and unknown people. The platform will help you meet new people, make new friends, learn new culture and cuisine etc. In order to achieve that, GroupOuting needs to stay strictly social.
What is the difference between a public outing and a private outing?
A public outing is a travel plan which is visible publicly where anyone can opt in. However, whether or not the person is actually allowed to join the group is totally upto the group admin to decide. So typically, you would join or create a public outing when you are looking to explore the adventure of traveling with unknown people, albeit who share the same passion for travel. Example: A bike ride to Mussoorie from New Delhi. Whereas in a private outing, the visibility of your tour plan is restricted to invited members only. Typically you would create a private outing when traveling with your family where you wouldn’t want any unknown person to join your group.
Can i set restrictions when creating a public outing?
Of course you can. You can set restrictions in terms of age, sex, addictions habits, marital status, children etc. This helps in filtering out people who you do not want to be part of your public group.
I do not see a particular place in your “travel places” section. Why?
GroupOuting is a community based social travel solution. It intends to evolve with active participation of its members. Every member is in fact encouraged to add new places and help to promote it for the benefit of the travel community. Please go ahead and add the place you want people to know about. Once we review your submission, it will be added to the list of “Travel Places”.
I have created an outing, added my friends, now what do i do?
That is completely up to you. If you want to conduct the tour yourself, go ahead and utilize all features ( itinerary builder, group expense manager, group chat, group album etc.) and functionality of GroupOuting to have an enriching travel experience. If on the other hand, you want to appoint a travel agent to conduct your tour, GroupOuting lets you choose from a huge pool of travel agents who offer various tour plans at your preferred destination with a wide range of price offers. At this point you can either appoint a travel agent of your choice directly from the website or open your tour plan for secret bidding by the travel agents. Based on your tour plan, travel gents will offer you secret offers/quotes. Choose the one you like most and get set go.
What is the utility of the group chat?
After you have created or joined a new outing, it is quite important to keep the communication open with other group members throughout the tour, starting from the planning phase till the tour ultimately ends and perhaps beyond. This communication tool becomes more relevant when interacting with new people in a public group. Plan your travel, know each other and always keep in touch through this amazing group chat tool.