Called Randonautica, the free app that launched in February 2020 where users are taken to ‘happy locations’ based on the persons’ mood. Several users known as randonauts have shared their outdoor adventures across social sharing sites including Reddit, TikTok, Twitter and YouTube. The app has attracted the attention of millions of people from across the globe where users have documented their random treks to places less visited.
A statement on the company’s website reads: “Randonauting is the act of using the Randonautica app to generate truly random locations sourced with quantum entropy.
“The user can then choose to venture to these locations to see what they find. They often discover that what they see lines up with their intention, which is what they were thinking about when they generated the point.
“But even if this doesn’t happen, it’s a way to mindfully explore the world around them.”
Setting up Radonautica is straightforward – you will be first asked your current location, then choose an intention (eg. forest) and finally follow the directions to a random point that the app selects.
Radonautica was created by Joshua Lengfelder from Texas, a former circus performer whose app has been downloaded over 11 million times.
Three different types of locations can be chosen from, each randomly generated – the first is called an “attractor” location which finds a dense area.
A “void” location does the opposite to the first option by finding sparse areas while an “anomaly” will search for places if you have a strong intention to discover more about a particular subject.
Coordinates are then randomly given for the user to follow which then decide whether to say yes or no to.
Up to 10 sets of coordinates can be generated for free each day users wanting to have more mystery walkabouts must then pay for more.
However, not all of the final locations have ended on a memorable note, in June 2020 a group of teenagers in Seattle, Washington found a bag with two dead bodies.
But as the past 18 months has proven for many that the worldwide lockdown has led to many people finding new ways to help cope with boredom and loneliness.