We are Shirish & Olya, Outdoorsome’s founding couple from San Francisco, California. Both of us call this wonderful city home, though it is thousands of miles away from our respective hometowns. Shirish is originally from India, which he left after college to work as a software engineer in Cyprus and later moved to the US, which has been his home ever since. Olya was born in Siberia and spent most of her childhood in Eastern Germany. After college she moved to China and eventually to Bay Area.
As a couple, we did a few international travels to explore the beautiful scenery this planet has to offer, the most memorable being road trips through New Zealand and Argentinian Patagonia. However, as of 2019, we had not traveled extensively around the US. We were pretty spoiled by Northern California, which has so many amazing spots to explore – Tahoe, Yosemite, Mendocino, Monterey, Point Reyes to name a few.
That year, we decided to take a 3 month sabbatical and explore this country we call home in an epic road trip across 19 national parks covering over 10,000 miles in 90 days in an RV. The whole trip was a bit of a spontaneous decision, so we only had three super busy weeks to not only find an RV & tow vehicle, but also to plan the entire itinerary, including figuring out what are the major attractions in each of the national parks and booking a campsite (before they were all sold out) that would be convenient based on the itinerary.
While it’s easy to google everything these days, we found that it was actually really time consuming to parse through dozens of search results, read numerous travel blogs, TripAdvisor & Google Maps reviews, browse through hundreds (if not thousands) of social media posts and try to map out a plan for each and every destination that made sense for us. We often wished there’d be an easier way to do the travel research.
This once-in-a-lifetime epic road trip, and the process of planning our stays in each national park inspired us to create Outdoorsome as a way to help other travelers easily do their research on their travel destination.
Outdoorsome aggregates travel content from millions of travel blogs and numerous social media platforms, and ranks attractions based on their popularity on all these platforms. Simple as that! We use proprietary AI algorithms to determine the most popular attractions for over 5,000 major destinations and over 300,000 places of interest (and growing!) around the world. Our algorithms do all the grunt work of searching for the right content, parsing all the information and presenting in a user friendly way in one place, so you can focus on the fun part of travel.
We hope that you like our product that is very much still a work in progress. Thanks for visiting and we would love to hear any feedback from you.