New 'travel inspiration' site out of beta
Wednesday 20 October 2010
Travel suggestion site Wanderfly officially launched October 19, providing a new way for travelers to get trip suggestions when looking to plan their next holiday.
The site, which has already seen considerable praise from journalists and bloggers testing the service prior to launch, asks key questions about a trip to provide personalized recommendations of a destination.
Users must ask key questions about the amount that they want to spend, dates, holiday themes such as environmental credentials and nightlife and other preferences, before submitting their requirements.
The site then links up to over 20 other sites to provide a full recommendation, complete with destination, flight, hotels and what to do.
Other helpful features include an option to search for Facebook friends in the destination and a link to Twitter mentions, providing a real-time feed of what's going on there.
Although Wanderfly will face some serious competition from growing "suggestion" features on travel websites such as TripAdvisor and Kayak, the site has tried to differentiate itself with a blend of sophisticated technology, rich media and handpicked content.
Citing a Google statistic that suggests travelers muse on their holidays for seven weeks and visit 25 different websites before they know exactly what they want, Wanderfly's three founders Evan Schneyer, Christy Liu and Cezary Pietrzak say that their project is a solution to frustrations from their own experiences.
Other commentators seem familiar with the problem, and have been broadly positive of Wanderfly's efforts to fix it.
Newsweek's Sean O'Neill said in July that the site was "by far the slickest attempt yet at being a Magic 8-Ball for trip inspiration. It's not perfect, for sure. But this invitation-only site goes a long way to simplifying the hunt for affordable places that match your style."
The Independent travel offers: Discover a world of inspiring destinations
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
£240 - £275 per day: Investigo: Support the global business through in-depth a...
Negotiable: Ashdown Group: Data Manager - MySQL, Shell Scripts, Java, VB Scrip...
£27000 - £32000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Application Support Analyst - near S...
£23000 - £27000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This successful group of compan...