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As a frequent traveler — and one who often goes for price over convenience — I spend a lot of time in airports, and a lot of time enduring long layovers. I’ve spent ten hours crouching outside Starbucks in Lima’s arrivals area, spent a sleepless night staring at the ceiling in Heathrow’s hallowed terminals, and clocked more hours than I can count over layover and flight delays around Southeast Asia’s many fine airports. Typically, it’s a major time waste. But a new app from a young Australian entrepreneur is out to change that. Enter .

Stopover is the OKCupid of travelers, the Meetup of frequent flyers, the Tinder of the airport set, the Linkedin of the arrivals hall. It’s a social community that allows those stuck in the airport due to layovers or flight delays to connect with like-minded travelers to make the wait worthwhile. I mean, how much greater would have been had the creator had backup singers?

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Design

Stopover has a simple interface and navigation. There are three basic functions — you can edit your own profile, check who is nearby, and send and receive meetup invitations. From a designer’s standpoint, I love the app’s colorful logo.

Features

Stopover is an app with a simple concept — the features really lie in how you use it. Parents traveling with tots could connect with other families to wear their munchkins out in Singapore Changi’s , a backpacker heading into the US could meet with a backpacker just departing to exchange travel tips at JFK, two business travelers stuck in London after their flights are delayed could could commiserate at the airport bar in Gatwick.

The biggest limitation to Stopover at the moment is that it needs a large user base to be successful, and it’s still in the early stages of its release. The more people that sign up, the higher chances someone else’s airport hours will coincide with yours. Perhaps an integration with Facebook or another larger platform would help more travelers connect.

Price

Stopover is free! There may be plans to charge a membership fee in the future, so I’d recommend downloading now if it’s something you think you’ll want to use in the future.

Conclusion

With the popularity of social networking sites geared towards travelers I can only imagine the places this two-month-old app will go. It just needs an audience to get there, but I think they are on their way — already the designer has been shortlisted for one of Australia’s !

I have had great friendships launch just from sitting next to the right person on a bus on my travels. I love that this app gives you an extra nudge in that direction. Personally, I can’t wait to see who’s around on my upcoming eight hour layover in Reykjavik.

What do you do to pass the time in airports? Would you meet a fellow traveler for a drink?

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38 Comments...
  • Kristen Noelle
    June 20 2014

    Wow, what a nifty idea! One of those things you go, “why didn’t I think of that!?” Most of the time I spend my layovers glued to my phone. I’ve gotta get this app for my next trip. Let us know if you meet any cool travelers!
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    • Meihoukai
      June 23 2014

      You’ll definitely see it all over social media if I do πŸ™‚

  • Daisy Wong
    June 20 2014

    What a fun site, I am going to sign up. I have a 6 hour in Jakarta in September while waiting for my flight to Bali. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    • Meihoukai
      June 23 2014

      Let us know how it goes, Daisy! I’m excited to hear user reports.

  • Ashley
    June 20 2014

    This is an interesting idea! Might be nice to meet up with fellow travelers during those dreaded long layovers.
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    • Meihoukai
      June 23 2014

      Seriously… better than creeping around the Cinnabon and watching the minutes tick down πŸ™‚

  • Maddy
    June 20 2014

    Already downloaded for future use! πŸ™‚
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    • Meihoukai
      June 23 2014

      Awesome, let us know how it goes Maddy!

  • MCVK
    June 20 2014

    Fabulous! I once traveled from Madrid to Washington DC after a World Bank meeting on the same flight as my boss. Our connecting flight from JFK to DCA was canceled, and we had to wait for a jet that was approved to land at DCA after 10 pm because of noise regulations. Our flight from Spain had been filled with college students returning from time in EspaΓ±a. My boss took the opportunity to regale them with tales of his youth in Sri Lanka and his time as a Fulbright Scholar in the U.S. They were mesmerized. I contemplated homicide and moved as far away as possible, which wasn’t far enough. 24 hours after departing our hotel and Barajas, I finally arrived home. I WISH we’d had that app then.

    • Meihoukai
      June 23 2014

      Ha! You always have the best stories. It’s funny how much less charming someone’s story is the twentieth time you’ve heard it πŸ™‚ I’m sure those college kids were enthralled though!

  • Christie
    June 20 2014

    This is such a neat idea! Long layovers are the worst, it would be much more fun to meet like-minded travellers to help pass the time!
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    • Meihoukai
      June 23 2014

      Agreed! Excited to give it a try with all the flights I have coming up.

  • Emily
    June 20 2014

    If it was available for Android I would be all over this – I have two upcoming gross-long layovers (Panama City and Montreal) as we head from Argentina to France!
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    • Meihoukai
      June 23 2014

      I try to avoid them but sometimes with an itinerary like that they are a fact of life. Nice to have something to make them more manageable though for sure!

  • Stephen Jones
    June 20 2014

    What a very interesting concept. I’m one of those people that tend to arrive at an airport three hours before an international flight. How useful this can be. Hopefully they’ll release an Android version before long.
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    • Meihoukai
      June 23 2014

      Ah, I wish I was one of those people πŸ™‚ I am always cutting it WAY too close. When will I learn!

  • Maria from Nerd Nomads
    June 21 2014

    Seems like a great app! Especially if you are traveling alone, and have long transit waiting time. Will definitely check it out!
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    • Meihoukai
      June 23 2014

      Yeah, this is definitely a great tool for solo travelers. I get a ton of emails from people nervous about traveling alone and not meeting anyone… but there are so many great tools like this I don’t think anyone needs to worry any more about that!

  • Chris
    June 21 2014

    Sounds a good product, limited however by the fact I cannot use it without an Apple product!
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    • Meihoukai
      June 23 2014

      Hopefully the developer will see the interest here and get working on an Android version πŸ™‚

  • Leah
    June 21 2014

    This is fantastic. I’m planning to get an iphone soon (and out of the dark ages of using a Samsung) and this will be downloaded immediately. Such a cool idea, hopefully the user base will pick up by the time I need to use it πŸ™‚
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    • Meihoukai
      June 23 2014

      Join us on the iSide, Leah! It’s wonderful over here πŸ™‚

  • Justine
    June 21 2014

    Anything to make a dreaded 10-hour layover or an indefinite flight delay better sounds good to me. I think this app is an incredibly creative idea! And as someone who travels a lot I would be totally interested in giving it a try.
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    • Meihoukai
      June 23 2014

      Yup, I love the innovation and creativity! It’s always fun to see what new travel business and products are being dreamed up out there…

  • Preeti
    June 22 2014

    Great concept. I’ll give it a shot but I’m wary of apps that don’t have a large amount of users. But if its good, I’m sure that will change!
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    • Meihoukai
      June 23 2014

      Well, it will only get more when we all download and give it a try πŸ™‚ Excited to see where it goes!

  • Janice Stringer
    June 22 2014

    Hi Meihoukai,
    What a brilliant idea and at the same time – it could be a little unsavory. You could meet some wonderful, interesting and unusual characters – Chloe just took a quick look and on first glance thought it looked a bit like a dating app!
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    • Meihoukai
      June 23 2014

      Well the nice thing is, airports are public places with serious security, so I think it’s very safe. I think the biggest risk would be getting stuck chatting to a boring person! πŸ˜›

  • Amanda @ Farsickness
    June 22 2014

    This is brilliant! I am notorious among my fiends and families for being on canceled, delayed, and diverted flights and chatting with someone would be much nicer than sobbing with frustration into my Bloody Mary alone…

    Downloading now!
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    • Meihoukai
      June 23 2014

      That is a horrible thing to be notorious for, hope your luck turns around πŸ™‚ Or yes, that you at least find someone to commiserate with!

  • Amber / Stopover
    August 14 2014

    Thanks for the feedback and downloads, I’ll be making an android version really soon, stay tuned! πŸ™‚ Amber / Stopover

    • Meihoukai
      August 19 2014

      Definitely keep us updated, Amber πŸ™‚

  • Amber / Stopover
    October 21 2014

    Stopover is now available for Android users, skip over to Google Play to download the app for free! happy travels! πŸ˜€

    • Meihoukai
      October 22 2014

      Thanks for letting us know Amber! And congrats, Android users πŸ™‚

  • Sarah
    February 1 2015

    downloaded! And I’m kind of sad now that my upcoming flights all don’t have layovers scheduled… but who know’s where I get stranded on the way
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    • Meihoukai
      February 2 2015

      You could always get to the airport early and see who’s roaming around πŸ™‚ Enjoy, Sarah!

  • Hussain
    April 9 2015

    Hi Meihoukai,

    Thanks for the wonderful review.