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Jae Oh

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What's a travel app you wish existed, but just doesn't yet?

I'll go first: I wish there was an app that can list the souvenirs that are actually made in the country you are in- I'd like to 'shop locally' while I'm travelling globally whenever I can. I call it the 'Souvenir Hunter' - somebody make it please!

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  • Michael F

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    a www.trippy.com app of course! ;)

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    • jessica j.

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      I'd love it even more if their app had geo-fencing technology to ping me when I'm near a place that was a top suggestion in the answers to my travel question. That.would.be.awesome. · (3 likelikes)

    • Valerie A.

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      Good news! We just launched our v1: https://appsto.re/us/xEPu5.i Check it out and let us know if you have any feedback! · (1 likelikes)

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      We're eagerly awaiting the android version!?! · (0 likelikes)

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  • John Hardaway

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    I'd like a really good spreadsheet template for laying out a road trip that would figure distance, driving times, cost of gas; record info. about hotels/camp grounds, activities, sites to see, etc. It should also mesh with a mapping software such as Google Maps. There is a very good one on Google forms but is is so out-of-date that it no longer works. Apparently has not been updated to keep up with changes since 2009.

    The closest thing I have ever found is Microsoft Streets & Trips but that software is no longer available. It even had GPS built in.

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      There is Roadtrippers (https://roadtrippers.com/). It's an online map-driven way to do most all of the things you have on your list. It'll calculate the driving distances, fuel-costs, and places of interest along the way. It'll only work in the U.S. though. If you do it in a separate spreadsheet, the downside is that you'll have to manually check and update all this info yourself- it's a lot of work! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Stuart Clarke-Frisby

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    Oooh, this is a good question, here is my wishlist:

    1. Tripit for Trip Planning - I love how once I've gone to all to the effort of booking each part of my trip, Tripit turns that into an itinerary of flights/hotels/activities/etc. What I'd love is a way to have a tool build potential itineraries for me, and then let me choose one (or parts of many) of them. Trip Planning & Itinerary creation have been tried dozens of times, but never well enough. I envision something which pulls in data from yelp/foursquare/booking.com/etc. And is able to create bespoke trips based on my input.

    2. A truly global Data-SIM - I use a Truphone SIM when I travel overseas for work, and this works okay, except for in all of the places when I've really needed a good internet connection to be productive (UAE, China, etc.) Switching out SIMs, renting wifi devices, etc. Is a real pain-point in travel which I wish someone would fix.

    3. The Opposite of an events calendar - I like to go to places when there aren't other people there. It's very easy to find out when a destination is going to be busy (event calendars, etc.), but it's hard to find out when I can go somewhere and it not be over-run with tourists.

    4. A small plug - I wanted an app to help me find last minute hotels all over the world, so I built it: Booking Now

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      1. Tripit for Trip Planning I agree, apps like Tripit/Tripcase/Worldmate do try to make it easier to create your itinerary. I've tried to use them with limited success. Sometimes it's more trouble trying to correct what the automated process gets wrong than just to use something like Evernote and copy/pasta it myself. Having an easier way to pull in relevant data from other web apps would be a great tool to use! 2. A truly global Data-SIM Well, there is Apple's possible future solution to this with their sim-less E-sim or software sim solution. Let's see how well it can be adapted globally. I actually think that it'll take forever for developing countries to transition over to software-based sim cards. 3. The Opposite of an events calendar I like this idea! I'd say that you can simply search some of the popular travel websites and just avoid going the top 10 places... this would probably cut your exposure to other tourists by 80%. 4. A small plug - I wanted an app to help me find last minute hotels all over the world, so I built it: Booking Now Great app- it's simple and to the point! I think it would be popular for those who just need a room and are not too particular about which hotel to stay at. It has more inventory to choose from than apps like LastMinute or Hotelstonight. · · (0 likelikes)

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