Polarsteps tracks your trip and turns it into an instant photo album

Travel Tracking app introduces photo albums designed to tell a travel story

06 FEBRUARY 2017, AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
Summary
Polarsteps, the popular travel tracking app, today announces the launch of its "Travel Book": an instant photo album designed for the avid traveler. The app lets globetrotters automatically track their route and places they've visited during their trip. With its new Travel Book innovation, travelers can instantly generate an epic photo album when their journey is finished. Travel Books are made specifically for telling a travel story and include rich trip details such as route, travel statistics, weather and altitudes.

Polarsteps, the popular travel tracking app, today announces the launch of its "Travel Book": an instant photo album designed for the avid traveler. The app lets globetrotters automatically track their route and places they've visited during their trip. With the new Travel Book innovation, travelers can instantly generate an epic photo album right after their journey is finished. Travel Books are made specifically for telling a travel story and include rich trip details such as route, travel statistics, weather and altitudes.

The concept of Polarsteps is simple: schedule your upcoming trips and the app will do its magic. It checks your location from time to time, and plots the results on a colorful map where your family and friends can follow your adventures in realtime. As you approve suggested ‘steps’ and add photos, the travel log populates itself. The app also offers a wide range of statistics, such as trip duration, countries visited and distance traveled. When your trip is finished, a personal Travel Book is generated with the push of a button. If you have no future trips planned, it's also easy to create an album for past trips using the website.

In the mobile age, travel memories are easily lost with the rise and fall of apps and services used by travelers. Polarsteps taps into this problem by turning your travel moments into a lifetime keepsake in the wink of an eye. The layout of a Travel Book is generated by Polarsteps based on all details of a trip, taking away the hassle of having to spend evenings in a photo album editor. Photos, texts, travel statistics and details such as weather and altitude are neatly visualized for each location visited. The books come in four colors and can hold up to 300 pages. Pricing starts at €20 ($22) for a 24-page hardcover album, and includes worldwide shipping and taxes.

With the introduction of Travel Books, Polarsteps is extending their already popular travel tracking app with a paper product that is meticulously crafted to tell a travel story in all its glory. "We all know that nostalgic feeling when going through photos of a trip you took 5 or 10 years ago", says Polarsteps co-founder and CEO Koen Droste. "Yet the real story of a trip is so much more than just your photos. Our app is used by travelers all around the world to automatically record their trips in full detail. With Travel Books we are making sure that 10 years from now they'll not only still have an awesome photo of a lake in Guatemala, but they'll remember every detail of visiting that lake - including route, locations, weather and their personal story. Travel Books are designed to turn all this information into a vivid experience that will last forever."

Polarsteps for Android and iPhone can be downloaded at www.polarsteps.com/app. An introduction video for the Travel Book is available on YouTube.

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"We all know that nostalgic feeling when going through photos of a trip you took 5 or 10 years ago. Yet the real story of a trip is so much more than just your photos. Our app is used by travelers all around the world to automatically record their trips in full detail. With Travel Books we are making sure that 10 years from now they'll not only still have an awesome photo of a lake in Guatemala, but they'll remember every detail of visiting that lake - including route, locations, weather and their personal story. Travel Books are designed to turn all this information into a vivid experience that will last forever." Koen Droste, co-founder and CEO
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About polarsteps

About the company
Polarsteps is created by a bunch of enthusiastic adventurers with a passion for travel, design and coding. The Amsterdam-based startup aims to built the place to go to for travelers that want to plan, track and remember their trips.

The first prototype of Polarsteps was invented when co-founder Niek Bokkers wrote a small app on a Transatlantic sailing trip that shared trip updates with his family via a satellite phone. His trip went viral among fellow travelers, who loved the concept of an automatic travel tracker. A next prototype for the app was tested on an epic motorcycle road trip from Amsterdam to Cape Town.

Based on those experiences, the first public beta of Polarsteps was launched in 2015. Following rapid traction amongst travellers, in March 2016 the company raised a €500.000 investment. This investment was used to further develop Polarsteps into a cross-platform experience. As of August 2016, Polarsteps is available on iPhone, Android and through the website at www.polarsteps.com.

About the app
Polarsteps automatically tracks your route and places you've visited while you are travelling. Just carry your phone in your pocket or bag. Once connected to the internet, the app seamlessly transfers travel routes, key locations and photos to your personal Polarsteps page, where your route is plotted on a colorful world map that can be shared realtime with friends and family. When your trip is finished, a beautiful instant photo album can be generated with the push of a button.

Travelers can use Polarsteps on iPhone, Android and through the website at www.polarsteps.com.

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