November 11, 2008 09:11 ET

Over 1,500,000 Travelers Flock to TravBuddy

ROLLING HILLS ESTATES, CA--(Marketwire - November 11, 2008) - TravBuddy (, an online community for travelers, today announced that it has surpassed 1.5 million registered members.

"TravBuddy is social networking with a twist," says Eric Bjorndahl, CEO. "TravBuddy members swap travel tips, share trip photos, and socialize with a purpose: to plan their next great trip. Social networking is a perfect complement for travelers, who have a natural tendency to want to share their trip experiences with others."

In contrast to many social networking websites, TravBuddy members network both online and offline. One of the most popular features of the website is the ability to search for potential travel buddies by travel destination. TravBuddy members host get-togethers with dozens of attendees, plan trips together, and show other TravBuddies around their hometowns. Over 5,000 TravBuddy members have met in real life.

TravBuddy's usage has grown as the world economy worsens, reflecting the possibility that more travelers are turning to additional sources of information to help plan their perfect trip.

"Rather than turning to costly or out-of-date guidebooks, TravBuddy members can get information directly from fellow travelers and locals, for free," says David Bjorndahl, President. "People looking to save money on tours can also find a local TravBuddy to show them around."

About TravBuddy:

TravBuddy is an independent online travel community that helps people find travel buddies, share personalized travel recommendations, and record travel experiences. TravBuddy has over 1.5 million registered members, 95,000 travel blogs, 26,000 travel reviews, and 1.4 million travel photos. TravBuddy was started by two brothers, Eric and David Bjorndahl, in 2005. For more information, please visit