Meet the Founders: Duff Archie (COO)
Hey there! My name is Duff and I recently graduated from St. Lawrence University (May 2018) with a degree in Economics and Business in the Liberal Arts, and a minor in European Studies. I studied abroad twice during college: London during my first semester of my freshman year (I know, a bit strange…) and Copenhagen during my junior spring.
So, having mentioned a little bit of my college background, I wouldn’t be lying in saying that my experience abroad inspired OffWeGo…
While I was abroad, I encountered certain pains and inefficiencies while traveling:
First, I witnessed first-hand the state of permanxiety. As coined by Skift Research in 2017, the state of permanxiety describes, “a near-constant state of anxiety that exists around the world. Travelers endure a barrage of worries about terrorism, security, neo-isolationism, racial tension, technology and its adverse role… the widening economic gap, culture wars, climate change, and other geopolitical and local issues.” I could see tourists visibly ‘on-edge’ as they scurried about avoiding the military guards and blockades whether it be guarding the Colosseum in Rome or in the train station in Paris.
Second, sometimes I would get to the gate at the airport and see at least 8-10 other students from my program going to the same destination at the same time. I would’ve loved to collaborate beforehand to meet new people and save money by traveling together.
Third, like most students I was kept to a budget while traveling, but looking back, definitely went over budget and spent more than I thought I would.
Finally, although there’s TripAdvisor and other such recommendation tools, I found it very inefficient to ask many people about recommendations on where to go, what to see, what to do, where not to go, etc. (I’ve found that more students only care about where their friends went and did than the general public, as you could find on TripAdvisor or Yelp.
With that being said, our goal at OffWeGo is to make, your travels as safe and efficient as possible, so if you’re studying in London and have friends studying in Vienna, for example, you can meet each other in Rome with ease and efficiency, all while achieving discounts through our cash back program and have peace of mind through our safety & security features. Then with our Guides & Blogs section we’ll tell you just where to spend all that money you’re getting back, so you spend less money on travel, and more money on fun things to do while your meeting new people and experiencing new things.
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