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By day, Karynn Verrett is a case manager working to get nurses injured on the job back to work. By night, she is building the travel app of her dreams.
Verrett, 23, got her first taste of travel while studying nursing at Dillard University. She was young and experiencing New York, Miami, Chicago and other cities for the first time.
Verrett hit all the tourist hotspots her Google searches recommended. But each trip also felt a bit hollow, like she was missing out on the real experiences just around the corner.
"A lot of the places I was going to see for the first time," Verrett said. "I wouldn't know what to do, what to see, where to go to get the experience I desired."
Earlier this year, Verrett decided to take the plunge and throw what she had into makingToured, a mobile app that uses an individual's preferences to curate travel experiences for them.
Verrett said plenty of apps -- Yelp, TripAdvisor, Hipmunk to name a few -- help users find local eateries, things to see and places to stay. Verrett envisions a one-stop shop for travel info that uses location and user rating tools to make fast recommendations on what to do next.