The Internet enables travelers, before they ever leave home, to learn about destinations and connect with locals and one another in previously unimaginable ways.

This week’s SkiftSeedlings roundup speaks to that power with services that connect travelers with locals to learn local slang and platforms that allow tourists to track friends’ whereabouts so they never miss an opportunity to see a familiar face in a faraway land.

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Photo Credit: GonnaGo is a mobile for sharing upcoming trips with friends. Screeshot / GonnaGo