Perhaps the “greenest travel” is that which you can do without leaving your home. Virtual travel with the SCVNGR app for your phone is one way you can go to various locations without using a drop of fuel, and without the need for a hotel room.
SCVNGER (pronounced “scavenger”) is a free phone app for iPhone or Android. With it, you can work on completing challenges to earn points and obtain virtual rewards, including real-world rewards, such as discounts at restaurants. But even if you don’t have an iPhone or Android, you can still play SCVNGR via text message!
The SCVNGR app is still quite young. The cool application is starting to be offered in a number of cities, to allow people the ability to explore regions without having to actually travel there. Whether you want to experience a walking or driving tour, you can do so with the SCVNGR app!
In September 2010, Scvngr Inc., launched a rewards program for its mobile scavenger hunt games in Boston. Last December, Scvngr received a $4 million round of financing led by Google Inc. venture arm Google Ventures.
As of the date of this publication, you can use SCVNGR in Norfolk, VA, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Sarasota, FL. According to Erin Filarecki, spokeswoman for VisitNorfolk:
“We wanted to provide an opportunity for visitors – and residents, too – to learn more about Norfolk in a fun and mobile way. This is taking touring to the next level trekking through a city, making it more fun, adventurous and fresh.”
According to press information, SCVNGR has about 1,000 clients who pay to build interactive tours on the game, including the U.S. Navy, Sony Pictures and Princeton University, said Priebatsch, who founded SCVNGR while a freshman at Princeton two years ago and now runs a company in Cambridge, Mass., with about 40 employees.
Founder Priebatsch stated:
“Our core goal is to build a game layer on top of the world, one massive game layer that everyone can play wherever they go and everyone can build.”
In just a few short months, plenty of people have engaged in virtual travel with the SCVNGR app. In fact, 1/2 million people have played the (somewhat addicting) game since the application launched 20 weeks ago. Unlike “regular” scavenger hunts, you can play SCVNGR in short bursts at your own pace throughout your day.
If you are an internet social butterfly, share your SCVNGR app explorations via Facebook and Twitter if you like.