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Travel Website Review: GoPlanit.com

September 19th, 2008

GoPlanit

GoPlanit.com is a travel social network that assists you in planning your next trip. Your itinerary is completely personalized by taking into consideration important factors such as your preferences, budget, locations, hours of operation and friend’s recommendations to create the ultimate trip catered specifically to you. The recommendation engine suggests the most popular and highest rated items.

The extent of planning your trip can be simple or advanced (you choose this option in the beginning). The main difference between the two is that the Simple mode allows you to plan by day and the Advanced Mode allows you to plan by the hour. In the planning phase you choose the date and then you choose from several options to add activities, dining, lodging, your flight or you can add in your own custom item. Each activity, dining and lodging option has ratings for each choice that is presented to you to choose from which is pretty cool and useful. The flight feature allows you to enter your flight information which needs to be chosen by other means.

Once you are finished planning your trip you can export your itinerary into iCal/Outlook, a public URL or load into your Google Calendar.

Erica Fischer Hotels, Travel, Website Review ,

  1. | #1

    Hi Erica,

    Great review of GoPlanit.com. Thank you. We’re definitely trying to do something different in the space by cutting out the time that people spend gathering information about things to do. Our Planit button offers a personalized itinerary for you at the click of a button. But, the planning tool itself is also flexible enough that you can still create trips anywhere and make changes easily in a calendar interface.

    In addition, we try to save you more time during the trip by offering access to your itinerary and also the ability to search for nearby things to do and see.

    And, remembering and sharing your trip is even easier with our travel microblogging. You can update your trip journal with text and pictures in real-time and allow friends to follow your latest developments. The microblog also automatically tags each entry with the appropriate activity, ratings and time.

  2. If only
    | #2

    If only. I find that it often provides trips which are not actually correct (e.g. not available) and it is easy to make the trip incorrect without any warning. As a result, its a nice gimmick, but wouldnt give me the confidence i need that everything will work out when i get to my destination.

  3. | #3

    @If Only: I’m assuming that when you said “trips which are not actually correct” that you are referring to the individual items on your itinerary. Is that correct?

    The recommendation engine should be taking into account the hours of operation and the days when the items are open. Do you have some examples where this is not working properly? We’d be happy to check up on those and ensure that everything is working properly. Since we just launched our beta a week ago, there might be a few bugs here and there. But, we’ve been seeing that the information has been pretty accurate so far.

    Also, if you were to move the items to a time slot when it is not open, we don’t have a warning system for that in place just yet.

    Thanks for the feedback!
    Jimmy

  4. | #4

    Hi Jimmy,

    Thanks for taking the time to comment. Great site and a great concept! Let us know about any new updates to the website here.