Airbnb, Trip Journal join big names in Webby travel nominations

Airbnb and Trip Journal have been named alongside several other industry leaders as the best mobile travel apps in the nominations for this year's Webby Awards.

The Webby Awards, now in their 15th year, annually honor the best websites and applications on the internet, with separate categories for different games and utilities.

Users can vote for this year's shortlist until April 28, with Conde Nast Traveller's City Guide series, Kayak's mobile booking app and the trip planning service TripIt also up for the award.

It's the latest in a long series of honors for Airbnb, a service which allows travelers to rent rooms in private homes, often for a far lower price than a hotel in major cities.

The company's app, released last November, offers deals and the service's messaging functionality (allowing hosts and guests to get to know each other before booking), along with the ability to book and search from over 8,000 cities with Airbnb properties registered.

Trip Journal, another new app nominee, allows travelers to record their journey using apps for iPhone, Android and Symbian platforms, logging waypoints and photos, as well as collecting trip stats such as distance, time and geography.

It also integrates with social networks and Google Earth, allowing travelers to relive the experience once they've returned home and share the journey with friends while on the go.

The winners of all categories will be announced May 3, and users can vote online at http://webby.aol.com.

http://www.airbnb.com/

http://www.trip-journal.com/

 

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