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Frequently Asked Questions

What does GoPal cost?

As of the 28th of November, 2019 GoPal charges a minimal fee of USD 4.99 per month for access or USD 12.99 for 3 months. The small fee helps to ensure remains as a quality community for meeting like-minded travellers.

Is this just another dating or matchmaking site?

Definitely not! All those sites can be helpful, but GoPal is aimed at finding travel companions. You can join and connect with members to find a suitable travel companion, for one trip or more. It's open to everyone!

Are there any limitations on the type of companion I can look for?

None at all. You can search for someone of the same or opposite sex, in the same or a different age group, from your own city or another city or even country. Someone who has similar interests to you, or someone who is completely different. We all look for different things in a companion and the kind of person you search for is entirely up to you. And you can change your criteria at any time, to match your destination or companions interests.

Why can’t I see members’ profiles?

You need to be a GoPal member. Profiles are not available for public (non-member) viewing as part of our broader aim to help protect members wherever possible. If you can't see a particular member's profile but can see others it is simply that he/she has elected (in My Settings) to hide their profile and not receive messages at this time.

Should I wait until I’m sure where I want to go before joining GoPal?

No. Joining GoPal doesn’t lock you in to searching for a travel companion right away. So if you’ve been thinking of going to Vietnam, but also have the Maldives in mind, joining now gives you time to find a potential travelling companion for either or both those destinations.

I tried to join but my email has already been taken?

Most likely you would have joined from an earlier look at GoPal. Just go to "sign in" instead of "join" and you will be taken to the page asking you to complete your profile.

Where does my new GoPal companion have to come from?

Anywhere in the world. You might prefer to travel with someone from your own city or country, but GoPal can also connect you with people in other cities and countries. And even if you and your potential travel companion live far apart, it’s easy to get to know each other through GoPal Messaging. Travelling with someone from far away might even be an advantage - coming from somewhere interesting, speaking another language or having different skills or ideas that might help when planning your trip.

Is GoPal a safe place for me to meet others?

We do our best to make GoPal a safe place for everyone. Your identity is completely protected until you are comfortable for other GoPal members to know more than just your first name and profile information, and you decide when/if to make contact with them. Two “golden rules” we strongly suggest you keep in mind are: always pay your own way (or pool funds before making a combined booking) and never pack or carry anyone else’s luggage. Of course any website can attract people who might not be who they seem, so please do not hesitate to report any unacceptable behaviour to GoPal at any time.

Is my privacy protected?

Absolutely. This is one of the most important pillars of GoPal. We hold only your name, photo and profile information presented to us alongside subscription details. Each GoPal member also has a unique ID/code that allows us to suggest companions for you. When we notify you of possible travel partners and you have the chance to look them up, it is entirely your choice whether you contact them or share your contact details. GoPal will not give your personal information or contact details to any travel operators or other companies, unless you opt in to receive such offers or information.

Is GoPal just for singles?

Not at all. You might be a couple wanting to drive through Monument Valley in Utah and do some walking or climbing with another active couple and maybe save costs such as sharing a van and fuel. Or a single mum looking for another with a child of similar age to join on a cruise with the obvious benefits for all, including both children.

What if the whole trip goes pear-shaped?

Talking to your new travel companion before the trip, and meeting them if possible, is a good way to determine if you might be compatible. Beyond that, you won’t really know if you travel well together until you, well, travel together. For other types of problems, make sure you always take out a comprehensive travel insurance policy with a reputable insurer that has a 24/7 global emergency contact number.

What type of trips can I do?

Really anything you want to do. You might want to explore another country or another part on your own, travel just with your new travelling companion or join a group tour together, take a cruise, go walking in Italy, spend a week at a tropical resort, drive the Great Ocean Road or do a long-distance train trip across Canada. The whole world is your oyster, and we’ll do our best to help you enjoy it.

How long will it take to find a travelling companion?

That’s hard to say, but the good news is you’ve sped up the process simply by joining GoPal. We’ll send you possible matches as they emerge from our community and more members are always joining so it pays to keep checking the website.

Can I search for someone with a particular personality?

Not at this stage. GoPal’s mission is to put people together and let you figure out if you get along or not. But you can improve your chances by being clear and honest in your profile (click here for tips for writing a great profile) that will attract compatible travel companions.

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