Ask DN: What is the best travel planning app?

almost 6 years ago from , ✈️ Designing the @Schiphol Airport App

Looking for an app to plan a road-trip with. Would like to map out destinations, places to stay, travel time etc.


  • Saurabh M, almost 6 years ago (edited almost 6 years ago )

    Try Epiclist (www.epiclist.io)

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  • Beth DeanBeth Dean, almost 6 years ago

    Not the answer you're looking for, but try a travel agent. Seriously. I used to work for Expedia / Hotwire, and I recently planned a big international trip, and there's no way I could have culled that experience together myself without prior expertise in where I was going. The travel agent dealt with all the details I wouldn't have known to prepare for, plus a bunch of things specific to me that I never could have found wading through TripAdvisor. It's the difference between truly planning an experience, and a bunch of disjointed flights and hotels. There's a human element required to finding something awesomely tailored to your interests, that online travel just hasn't mastered yet.

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  • Alyssa Pelletier, almost 6 years ago

    Not exactly what you're looking for re:keeping track of your reservations & stuff, but the AllStays app is TOTALLY worth the $10 it costs if you like to camp. The thing is incredibly ugly but the information they have in their database is pure gold. We do a lot of unscheduled roadtripping (think, we're just going to drive until we're tired) and this app lets you pull up your location and see every possible camping option around you – from National Forests to BLM Land, Campgrounds, Walmart parking lots... they've got it all and we have yet to find an incorrect marker. I would love it if they updated the UX but hey, it's only $10!

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  • Kevin Hon Chi HangKevin Hon Chi Hang, almost 6 years ago

    The only app I use is Google map, I stars places that I want to go. Then I will decide the actual route on the fly when I arrive there.

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  • Gordon TindallGordon Tindall, almost 6 years ago (edited over 5 years ago )

    There's no app yet, but Trippy is a great site for figuring out stuff to do on a trip. Trippy is a Q&A community specifically built for travelers (full disclosure) i work there, but even if I didn't my answer wouldn't change. Trippy has some of the best UGC content on the web, and pretty much any where you are planning on going the community should be able to help you out.

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    • Daan van KlinkenDaan van Klinken, almost 6 years ago

      Thanks, Ill check it out. It does look like Quora!

      What would be a good starting point/search query to get started with gathering road-trip material? (When I look for United Kingdom, I mostly get stuff about London http://www.trippy.com/destination/United-Kingdom )

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      • Gordon TindallGordon Tindall, almost 6 years ago

        Best starting point would just be to ask your own question and mention specific locations when you do.

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        • Daan van KlinkenDaan van Klinken, almost 6 years ago

          I did, thanks!

          Would be nice to explore questions via a map view, right now I have to "explore" through a search-inputfield → Usually I don't know what I'm looking for yet, I only know the name of the country.

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          • Gordon TindallGordon Tindall, almost 6 years ago

            Thanks for the feedback. Always looking to discover more ways for users to get relevant content and discover content more easily.

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      • Gordon TindallGordon Tindall, over 5 years ago

        Thanks for reaching out on twitter. If you have any other questions or feedbck feel free to tweet or email gordon[at]trippy.com

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  • Slavo Glinsky, almost 6 years ago

    I have same problem. Alwas checking travel apps and I Havent found app what fits this requirements. However I will share with you what I use for planning trip. City Maps 2 Go handle everything what you need.

    Research - google - tripadvisor - info for tourists - foursquare - info by locals - quora - tips by locals

    Planning - google maps - City Maps 2 Go

    In field - City Maps 2 Go - printed map (your iPhone shut down when yo need it the most)

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    • Daan van Klinken, almost 6 years ago


      So you're using City Maps 2 Go as offline map. Your research and planning phases look a lot like mine.

      Gather I used to put places on Google Maps "My Maps", but browsing these maps on an iPad or iPhone is horrible. So I started using Pinterest boards with maps to gather places I want to see + places I want to stay (separate boards). I use the comments for notes. Example: http://cl.ly/image/1O1Q1r3k292C

      Gather & Execute I have used Foursquare for gathering things to do, and on location: to find stuff and cross it of the list. Example: https://foursquare.com/daanriver/list/paris-avec-les-amis

      In the field I usually buy a simcard with a data plan when abroad, so I can still use Google Maps + Waze to navigate around.

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  • Daan van Klinken, almost 6 years ago (edited almost 6 years ago )

    In the mean time I found this website: http://roadtrippers.com, a customised website for road-trips. Checking it out now.


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