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Online Trip Funding Platform

Published 05/29/2012 and rated Ratingstars5 5 out of 5 stars
by Shel Gatto
What can you use the app for?

MyTab is a travel funding website designed for individuals and groups. The user can begin collecting funds using their MyTab account. Social network sharing tool are included so the user can let family and friends know that they are saving up for a trip. Donations can also be made by other to help the user fund the journey. Users can receive donations or give a donation to friends who also use MyTab. The application also assists with the planning stage of the vacation or trip. Users can access a collection of discount and deals through MyTab’s partnership with Expedia. The more money the user saves towards their travel plans the better MyTab’s list of optional deals will be. screenshot
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What is the history and popularity of the app?

MyTab was founded in August of 2010. The application was designed to give users a new way to make travel plans through donations. By utilizing social networks, MyTab lets users share their plans with others who can support them financially with a small donation. The application has not received significant popularity, but it has made its way into social networking circles with thousands of followers on Facebook and Twitter.

What are the differences to other apps?

MyTab is not the only travel application on the web, but it is one of the few that focuses on generating funds rather than just spending them. Users won’t find a wealth of destination information, but they will find a way to set up a fundraiser for their next trip. Users can save up for a dream vacation or plan a school or group journey and fund it all online. The application also throws in available Expedia discounts to help the user spend their hard earned funds efficiently.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

MyTab has an upbeat, fun appearance that favors blue clouds and a charming Earth graphic. The website is relatively easy to navigate and utilizes a variety of colors, but in a way that still looks professional and inviting. A new user can easily make their way around the interface, which includes the occasional seasonal or holiday themed embellishment, such as animated flowers for Mother’s Day.

How does the registration process work?

A new user can create a MyTab account by clicking the blue “Login with Facebook” button found in the orange box at the upper, right corner of the homepage. A link below the box is available for users who do not want to sign up with Facebook. Clicking the link reveals a short registration form which asks for a name, email address and password. The user is automatically logged in and can begin planning a trip as soon as the form is submitted.

What does it cost to use the application?

MyTab is available to everyone at no cost. The application doesn’t charge a subscription fee and the user is not required to pay anything else to send or receive funds (beyond any applicable Paypal fees). MyTab supports itself financially by earning money from affiliate partners in the travel industry. The application can present deals and discounts to users. The user is not required to make any purchases or take advantage of any of the deals presented.

Who would you recommend the application to?

MyTab is ideal for individuals and groups who plan to travel and use social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter frequently. Users who have a well-established social networking contact list will be more likely to receive donations while those who do not may have a hard time funding their journey (unless they are willing to do so on their own). The site can also show the user available travel deals to help them save money while they plan.

  • Obtain travel donation from friends, family and others
  • Access travel discounts offered through Expedia
  • Find and comment on friend's trips
  • Add funds to MyTab using Paypal
  • Plan and budget trips online video

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