Everyone loves a sob story of how they got to where they are today. For once we aren't one of those! Thank fuck I hear you say?
The concept for Jaunt was born back in May 2016 when 3 friends and I went on an epic road trip 6500 miles across America. For the previous two years I was stuck in a dead end IT Manager position in a local company with little to no job satisfaction never mind the will to live.
The plans were finalised for America and it was time for me to ask for 3 weeks off work to go on this once in a lifetime trip. This wasn’t the first time that I had asked for time off. I went in to see the boss man and asked him for the time off. To my amazement his reaction was like nothing else I had ever seen before. It was as if I had just asked him to go and kill his first born child!
Anyway we have gone off topic, long story short my resignation was on his desk by the end of the day!
Was I fuck missing this trip!
So there we are. America trip booked, very little money saved and no job to come home to apart from some web design work to finish off. But for the first time in the last 2 years I was actually very happy with my life.
It’s was the morning of the trip and we were finally leaving Dublin for our first destination of Pittsburgh. This is when I found out that my connecting flight is different from the others, leaving me stranded for 2 hours. We finally arrive and meet up with Bryan who had been studying out there for the past 2 years.
The plan was to drive our clapped out old van from the East to the West Coast of America in the three weeks and live off as little money as possible. This was going well until the van broke down 13 times! But during the trip we saw some of the most epic views that will no doubt stick with us for the rest of our lives.
Side Note: Don’t you love it when you are flicking through Facebook and you see that your mate is having the time of their life out in India trying to find their inner self or some bullshit like that! Well I wanted to be that guy posting those photos that made you want to tell your boss to fuck themselves so you could go travelling.
This got me thinking, is there an app out there that will allow me to upload photos on a map that would plot our epic journey. After a search online the only people that seemed to have something close was Apple and to be honest it just didn’t have the functionality I would have wanted.
This is where Jaunt was born. Jaunt is a social travel app that will allow you to plot your adventures around the globe and share them with the people around you. Upload images along the way to inspire others and make your mates jealous! With search functionality you will also be able to use Jaunt to plan your next trip using the planning tool in the app.
Today is the 26th February 2017 and we have a firm plan set in place for the development of Jaunt over the next year with deadlines set for prototype, alpha and beta versions of the App. There will be more on these dates in the coming weeks!
So yea, I hope you like the idea of what we are trying to achieve with Jaunt and if you want to keep up to date with what's going on please subscribe to our mailing list!
Lead Developer & All Round Fucking Legend
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