Find My Itin – Travel Planning Made Easy
Hardly a week passes we don’t come across another new travel app or website, offering some breakthrough way to organize or plan for a trip. We eagerly jump to their site and hope for the best, but are usually left quite disappointed. But then we hooked up with the guys over at Find My Itin and really fell in love with that they are doing. Still in the early stages, they gave us a sneak peek at their beta website, and let us say, we think Find My Itin is going to be one of the most popular travel planning sites of 2014.
“Travel is not about the individual places but a journey from beginning to end.”
Their beautifully designed branding inspires us to dream of traveling the world and getting out there on the open road! We were excited to speak with Will at Find My Itin and find out what inspired them to make another travel website in the already murky sea of travel sites. “Well the inspiration really came from me being frustrated and tired of all to work I was putting in to plan my trips.” Will says. “Trips on average took about 3 weeks to plan and a visit to at least 20 different websites. I would then use various tools to jot my notes and put together an itinerary. And then I had a eureka moment. One, planning was a lot easier when I could find sample itineraries of others that were planning similar trips whether it be on the TripAdvisor forums, LonelyPlanet Thorntree forums or just plan old blog and two, I was noticing a phenomenon where people were asking me for my itineraries for old trips I had been on. That’s when I realized that there’s extremely huge value in being able to see sample itineraries from other travelers that have been there and done that. I started looking around for some sort of consolidated database of itineraries and to my disappointment I couldn’t find one so I decided to build it myself, and thats how Find My Itin was born. For a long time travel sites focused on the reviews of individual places especially when you think about the main incumbents that most people go to – TripAdvisor and LonelyPlanet. When planning a trip and trying to figure out what you’ll be doing when you get there is a pain in the ass. What takes so long is the fact that you have to construct it from the ground up place to place to place. What we’re building takes trip planning and spins it around where instead of just focusing on the individual places, you get inspired by entire trip itineraries.”
We love the direction and motivation behind Find My Itin, especially their 3 core values for the site. Inspire. Plan. Share.
Inspire – Where someone is able to come to our site and discover a plethora of itineraries from other travelers for places they want to go.
Plan – Taking those itineraries you loved and be able to pick and choose things that you want to do to build your own itinerary.
Share – Go on that epic adventure and tell your family, friends and the rest of the world about it with our easy to use sharing platform.
Those three elements are the most important to find in a complete site and we couldn’t agree more that any travel site needs to have these elements at their core.
“Travel is not about the individual places but a journey from beginning to end.” Will says, when talking about the travel planning space. “More often than not you land on travel sites that are focused on individual places and their reviews but who travels by just going to the top 10 attractions in sequential order? As a planner, you’re usually working with X number days in a certain location and that’s precisely what we want to provide through sample itineraries. To further enhance this, we’ve decided to focus on building user generated content as opposed to curated content because we believe this is much more scalable and will provide a much more rich and immersive experience for travelers to truly share what their experiences were when on a particular trip.”
When asked about the goals of Find My Itin, Will says “We want it to be dead simple for someone to get inspired by some amazing itineraries that match what they’re looking for and then plan right off of that. Imagine yourself looking for “7 Days in Thailand”, finding some incredible itineraries and stories associated to them about how they explored Bangkok and Chiang Mai and saw the main tourist sites but also discovered some amazing local restaurants tucked in an alleyway, met a guide that they trekked you with to live with the hill tribes or that boutique shop they stumbled upon while getting lost.” We couldn’t agree more with the underlying theme – to make traveling the word as easy as possible for anyone dreaming of getting out there, and we think Will and his team are doing a fantastic job at making that a reality.
So if you have some fantastic itineraries you can contribute or just want to join a community which will inspire you to travel, plan a great trip and dream of the endless possibilities world travel can bring, then head over to Find My Itin, which will be launching very soon. If you would like to contribute right away email them at email@example.com and they may give you a sneak peek at their beta version right now. In the meantime follow them on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date with everything they are offering, we certainly are, and we are super excited about their full launch and planning a few adventures of our own inspired by what we find on their site! We’ve seen the backside of the site and trust us, you’ve got a lot to be excited about, they have some AMAZING trips in there ready for the taking!
Jeff Johns is the co-founder and editor of Latitude 34 Travel Blog. Through 65 countries on 6 continents he has accumulated a seemingly endless stream of odd information, interesting stories and helpful tips and tricks to better travel. Jeff’s goal is to visit all 204 countries on Earth before he is too senile to forget them all.
A graduate of the Visual Journalism program at the Brooks Institute, his true passions lay in honest visual storytelling, documentary filmmaking, Thai food and a good laugh.
Together with his girlfriend Marina, they run Latitude 34 Travel Blog as a source of helpful information for those who love to travel or those who simply dream of it. If you have a comment or suggestion, send them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and they’ll respond super fast!