Posts Tagged ‘trip itinerary’

Nov 06

Netflix for travel guides

Travel Tips
Posted on: November 6th, 2013 by Derek No Comments

Unless you’re preparing for Armageddon you’ve probably heard or used Netflix.  On the surface it’s a wonderfully integrated content subscription tool that allows you great access to a variety of shows, movies and original content produced by Netflix.  What most people don’t stop to think about is the algorithm and matching engine that sits behind the scenes serving up its users with relevant and engaging content based on what they’ve viewed, searched or are interested in. They know not only what you’re watching, but what you want to watch – and every day they’re getting better at helping you discover new shows or content you wouldn’t find flipping through the television.

Here at Buggl, we thought the same concept could be applied to travel guides and content.  We imagine serving up travelers with relevant guides based on where they are traveling to or live could be very powerful.  That said, what about taking it a step further in the future and showing people relevant places that they want to go just based on their preferences, passions or likes?

So that’s what we’re doing!  Instead of collecting outdated travel guidebooks from bookstore shelves and out of touch travel review sites, we decided to put the power in the hands of the travelers and local people.  Buggl gives the world a blank canvas to create travel guides based on any subject, interest or location.

So if you’re simply sharing information about an upcoming wedding to your guests, telling your family where to stay when they visit you or sharing a detailed itinerary to your upcoming B&B guests, it’s time you considered Buggl.  A platform where you can create inspiring and beautiful travel guides in minutes that are shareable to social networks, your website visitors or readers and the world.

Start contributing by designing something today.


Oct 16

Why should I design a travel guide?

Travel Tips
Posted on: October 16th, 2013 by Derek No Comments

In the words of Derek Zoolander, “How bout I answer your question with another question?”  Why would you write an online review about a restaurant, hotel, or bar on a travel or travel review site?

If you have something to share about a destination upon returning from a trip, you generally post photos on a social network or turn to a review site to spend several minutes raving or blasting a place about your experience.  The second you hit submit on that review it’s lost forever, buried under the thousands, if not tens of thousands of other reviews.  It’s also well documented that while many reviews are real, some are fake and most are out of date and not relevant to anyone.  The review sites take a complex algorithm and place your comments into a black hole, while padding their bottom line of revenue to shareholders.

While this is great for sites like Yelp, TripAdvisor or Fodor’s, it’s terrible for any other traveler and it’s bad for you.  You don’t see any real reward for writing that review – no compensation for your time or effort or even a thank you from another traveler who days or weeks finds that review and it helps educate them.  All it accomplishes is make travel planning harder to do for other travelers to scour through another review site to find mismatched advice.

So that leads us back to the question, why should you design a travel guide?  If you have knowledge about where you live or places you’ve traveled to it’s time you earned income sharing that information while also having a place you could simply store it when people you know needed it.  Imagine if every time someone clicked on your review on TripAdvisor you were paid, that’s what we’re trying to do here at Buggl.  Sharing travel knowledge for your friends and family to access, while at the same time putting that information on a marketplace that people who resonate with your background can access and purchase.

So while it may take an additional amount of time to put together a nice travel guide, in the end it’s worth it.  You end up with a beautiful travel guide that you can share out to social networks, promote on your blog and store for family and friends who visit.  Design a guide around the coolest bars in your city, a 3 day long weekend for friends visiting or your last trip abroad that your friends are bugging you about information on.

Start designing and discovering.