AARP Announces Collaboration with Offering a Social Travel Platform to Its Nearly 40 Million Members

Sep 23, 2011, 09:00 ET from Tripping from ,AARP

WASHINGTON, SAN FRANCISCO and LOS ANGELES, Sept. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- AARP®, the nation's leading group for the 50+, today announced a new collaboration with Tripping, a progressive social travel site that connects travelers with local people in over 145 countries. Through this collaboration, AARP will have a branded Network on which is designed for AARP's 40 million+ members.

The new AARP Abroad Tripping Network can be found at  While traveling, members of the AARP Abroad Network can meet local members for cultural exchange, shared cups of coffee and homestays. These face-to-face meetings go far beyond social networking and allow real-life interaction that enhances domestic and international travel.

AARP members can also use the Tripping Network to meet travelers and local members in their own cities. In addition to expanding their personal and professional networks, members can connect with new friends for conversation, dinner parties, rounds of golf and other local activities.  

Having recently received more than $1M in funding in a round led by Quest Venture Partners (QVP), Tripping has helped thousands of people to connect for shared cultural experiences and homestays around the world. In addition to AARP, Tripping's partners include universities, AmeriCorps Alums, PADI, Hostelling International and AIESEC, the largest student-run organization in the world.

Tripping was started by veterans from StubHub™ and Travelzoo™ who wanted to create a safe and easy way for travelers to meet local people. Since members use Tripping to meet each other offline, the site offers a wide range of safety mechanisms including references, anonymous ratings, video validation and an emergency hotline for all of its members. These unique safety features help to ensure that all members are provided with a safe experience while traveling around the world.

"AARP continuously looks for new ways to add value and offer unique opportunities for our members – our relationship with Tripping has the potential to bring together our nearly 40 million members in a fun and social way," said Bradley Schurman, Senior Advisor at AARP. "We are thrilled to offer this platform to AARP members and hope they take advantage of this free service."

"To say that we are excited to be working with AARP is a tremendous understatement," said Jen O'Neal, Tripping's CEO and co-founder. "As an organization geared towards advocacy and independence, AARP has taken a leadership role in offering a social travel platform to their members. We're looking forward to working together with AARP to bring cultural exchange and broadened horizons to their members, both at home and overseas."

About AARP:

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a membership that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world's largest-circulation magazine with over 35.1 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP's millions of members and Americans 50+; AARP VIVA, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website, AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

About Tripping:

Tripping is a social travel site that connects travelers with local people for tips, shared cups of coffee and homestays in over 145 countries. By providing a safe and easy way for travelers to engage in cultural exchange, Tripping can transform a simple vacation into a meaningful, life-changing experience. Tripping is also partnered with Ivy League universities, study abroad programs, international volunteer organizations and even touring rock bands. Founded in 2009 by Jen O'Neal and Nate Weisiger, Tripping's mission is to make the world a better place through cultural exchange.

Tripping and are trademarks of Tripping International. All other trademarks and registered trademarks previously cited are the property of their respective owners and are hereby acknowledged.