You might have noticed a few mentions of a new planning tool recently and we are pleased to now share with you what we've created. The team have been coding, testing, and tweaking non-stop to make travel planning an easy and enjoyable experience (as it should be!).
The new Travel Planner allows you to keep all of your travel plans in the one place.
Rather than managing bookmarked webpages, favourited images, and a text file of well-researched notes, the planner is built around the Travel Plan bookmarklet to create a detailed personalised itinerary.
Below are some of the tool's main features:
After adding the bookmarklet into your browser, you can use it to organise your online travel research in one handy place.
Using individual city stops on your trip plan, webpages are saved to the stop or destination they are relevant to.
New stops can be added to your trip through the bookmarklet or from the planner. You can even create a new trip directly from the bookmarklet, so you don't have to interrupt your online browsing.
It's the first time that I have seen an itinerary planner that I would use - Phil Lees, Tourism Victoria
To save problems arising later, travel companions can be invited to help plan your trip from the beginning.
Any plans you save will instantly be available to them. You can also add important notes to the bookmarks for them to see.
For a complete itinerary, you'll need to find transport between stops.
To that end, we've integrated results from travel search engine Rome2Rio to provide you with all the local transport options. Not only flights, but combinations of buses, trains, and driving directions.
Each option lists the travel times and distances involved, so you can make the choice that best suits you.
As a fan of Pinterest, I had been creating boards for different cities, and 'pinning' websites of tours, restaurants and activities to do in Europe. Now though, I can bookmark them to a specific destination on my itinerary. - Kelly McNamara, A Quarter, Two Dimes and a Penny
The planner is integrated with our travel maps and automatically creates a map of your itinerary that can be shared with friends.
The mapping integration means you also have access to your personal travel stats.
How To Guide
We've put together this step-by-step guide explaining the bookmarklet and how to use the planner. Have a look!
Over To You
We have also included lots of little extras not mentioned here, so start planning your trip!
The Travellerspoint Team
For iPad and iPhone users running iOS7, if the travel planner bookmarklet was saved in Safari on your laptop it will automatically be added to your mobile device's bookmarks under Favourites.
You can then move the bookmark into the main bookmarks list for easier saving and note making while browsing on the go. Here is a screenshot of how this looks on an iPhone.