A trip planner is a website dedicated to travelling which aims to help the users plan their individual trips to different destinations. The site contains a vast database of points of interest, restaurants and tours often enhanced with user reviews. The site may also offer booking of travel related services (such as hotel or car hire).
Video-based trip plannerEdit
With a video-based trip planner, a user can generate a travel itinerary by adding points of interest while watching videos.
Automated trip plannerEdit
Automated trip planners generate your itinerary automatically, based on the information you provide. One way is to submit the desired destination, dates of your trip and interests and the plan will be created in a while. Another way is to provide the necessary information by forwarding confirmation e-mails from airlines, hotels and car rental companies.
Custom trip plannerEdit
With a custom trip planner the user creates one’s own travel itinerary individually by picking the appropriate activities from a database. Some of these websites offer pre-built databases of points of interest, while others rely on user generated content. An example is triphobo.com which let's users create custom travel itinerary and also allows users to edit them. Another example is viamichilin.com trip planner which suggests activities in the user selected destination.
Custom Trip planning products have been popularly seen as a bad startup idea by investors since 2012, when investor Garry Tan (yCombinator stated in a public blog that trip planning startups are the most common bad idea he is pitched. However, there has been renewed interest in this space since startups such as Triphobo.com have seen some success in gaining traction in this space. . In 2017, google released a mobile app - google trips. Custom trip planning startups are seeing renewed interest from investors with the advent of data science, AI and voice technologies in 2018. Lola, an AI based travel planning startup  and Hopper  have managed to raise significant funding for developing trip planning apps.
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