Travel Pain Points

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1. Posted by Ktbrett3175 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

I often find planning a trip can be overwhelming and time consuming! There is so much info and recommendation's out there...
How do you guys sieve through all the information?

Anyone using AI to help?

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3. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 5550 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Destination, time of year, budget and duration.

I don't use AI. However, somewhere along the way other people or companies I deal with might use some sort of AI.

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  • Time of year will tell me the weather at destination. (Perhaps, cold weather for skiing, warm weather for swimming and maybe diving.) For some countries there is a "high season" for hotel prices and maybe cost of flights.

How much time you are gone for may depend on money and if you work or not. When you leave may depend on vacation time from work or kids out of school if going as a family.

Budget determines how much you pay for your flights. Going first class or coach. How much you can allow for your hotel costs is up to your budget. Cheap no frills budget hotel or a hotel with all the bells and whistles, perhaps gyms, pools, choice of restaurants and bars. (More bowing and butt kissing!)

What to do may depend on your health. Long hikes or treks, or mostly sitting on a tour bus, etc.

Up to you!

4. Posted by Peter (Admin 7228 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

I've tested a few AI travel planners and found them fairly useless to be honest, sometimes even dangerously so.

I would much prefer to do my own research as the anticipation is half the fun of travelling anyway. For a lot of people planning a trip is enjoyable as it extends the enjoyment of your trip as you research all the different options available.

If a trip is some kind of chore, then maybe having AI make it easier would make sense. But if it's a chore, then why bother going on the trip at all. AI trip planners are in my view solutions searching for a problem that barely exists.

If you are interested in more on this, Stuart from Couchfish wrote a very good article on this last week which pretty much sums up the state of affairs at the moment. How AI makes travel planning worse while promising better. Some excellent research in there on the various options he tried out.

5. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 2585 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

I choose the place I want to go first. And then I look for a companion to go with me. After that I get into transportation, money etc. I do google searches sometimes to figure out what I might want to do. Preferably cheap things to do.

6. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 2076 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

I always plan a trip to a particular place. Then I haunt the local digital tourist offices. They are a wonderful source of information along with Google Maps. I find a place to stay (or places), then find flights and the fun begins looking for things to do.