Whether you're a seasoned traveler looking to meet people from around the world, or you are planning your first overseas trip, WAYFARE - meet the world is a great way to understand other cultures and have new experiences through the comfort of your iPhone or iPad.
The way this app works is that it connects you to a person from another country and culture. They will act as a guide to that culture, while you do the same for them in return.
This app is available for free in the Travel section of the App Store, so after a download which takes up a few minutes, you're all set to start exploring the world.
The thing I like most about WAYFARE - meet the world is that it will match you up with someone new each week, from a different part of the world. What's more is that you won't just be matched with someone and then made to chat with one another. Users are provided with “missions” that they can complete in order to get acquainted.
Missions are provided on a daily basis and are easy enough that you won't feel overwhelmed. Start with taking a photo of the stuff on your desk, or showing your match something they have never eaten before.
There are plenty of other features on this app that will allow you to get to know your match and guide them through your life so they understand what your life is all about too. For instance, you can IM chat with your match right inside the app.
Did you get someone from a non English-speaking country? Simply tap on their message and tap on the translate option. These translations are not super accurate, but they are helpful enough to get your communication going.
After the 7 days are up, you will not be able to connect with the same person again. You have seven days with your guide so make the most of it!
Make friends from around the world and exchange cultural experiences
Meet a new guide every week from a far away location
Exchange messages with one another and share your lives and the world around you
Translation functions if you don't speak the same language
Photo missions ensure that you have a blueprint for what you share
There is nothing negative to say about this app
Explore a new place each week
WAYFARE - meet the world is a very well-conceptualized, beautifully designed, and user-friendly app, which I hope takes off and makes it big! It's a great way to meet people, make friends, and learn about the differences, and similarities, between cultures from around the world through your iPhone or iPad.
Neha has been writing and editing since 2010 and has been reviewing iOS apps since early 2014. She has lived in four different countries and loves having the world at her fingertips thanks to these awesome apps.