Why is there so much more pedestrian traffic on the streets in the last few weeks? As a mobile game leveraging both augmented reality and geo-tagging, Pokémon GO has captured the attention of gamers and non-gamers all over the world, and motivated lots of people to get out and capture Pokémon. There are many reasons why Pokémon GO can make your next trip better:
1. Discover more about places you already know
You may never paid much attention to the statue you passed by every day. That statue may well be designated as a PokéStop in Pokémon GO. Pokémon GO makes you pay more attention to the details of this statue, and you may learn something new about it: Whose statue is it and why was it installed?
2. Explore new places
PokéStops and PokéGyms are often located at places of historical significance and other points of interests. There are many interesting sites you may overlook when you plan your trip. The gamified nature of Pokémon GO makes exploring these sites fun and exciting even if you do not know much about the background of the site.
3. Use active transportation
If Pokémon GO detects you are moving at high speed, it won’t record your distance. Your choice on the mode of transportation matters in the game. Wondering why your egg is not hatching when you are travelling in your car? Pokémon GO gives you another good reason to walk or cycle instead of driving or taking a ride. Not only would it your reduce carbon footprint, you also get your workout done (there’s a gym pun for you).
4. Enjoy great offers for Pokémon Trainers
Many local businesses and restaurants have joined the Pokémon fever by offering special discounts on goods and services to you if you play Pokémon GO. Attraction operator Ripley’s even held a contest to give away $5,000 to the player who caught the rarest Pokémon at their attractions in U.S., Canada, U.K., and Australia.
5. Get opportunity to socialize
As a fast-growing global phenomenon, the culture of Pokémon is shared by all players worldwide. If the stranger sitting next to you is playing Pokémon GO, you instantly know you share something in common with him or her no matter where you are in the world. You may have a laugh together as you share your Pokémon GO experience and accomplishments. Like someone said, strangers are friends you haven’t met yet.
We would like to remind you: always remember to watch your surroundings when you are using your mobile device. Don’t forget to put safety first when you are having fun!
There are several Pokémon exclusive to a specific region such as Kangaskhan (Australia/New Zealand) and Farfetch’d (Asia). Ready to catch ‘em all? Book your flights and hotel rooms with Social Travel to accomplish the mission! Let us know what rare Pokémon you have caught by commenting below and receive some serious discounts on you next trip.