Using A.I. to help plan your trips can help you save time while discovering new destinations. Here are seven A.I.-powered travel planning platforms that are absolutely free to use.
Some people love planning their travel itinerary, maybe even more than going on the actual holiday. Others find travel planning to be a chore, preferring to simply get there and working it out as they go along. No matter which camp you fall into, you’ll be glad to find a helping hand to shortcut the process.
Since ChatGPT exploded on the scene not too long ago, people have been busy using the tool for all sorts of tasks. One such task has been itinerary planning, which A.I. seems naturally suited for.
But ChatGPT is not the only A.I. platform travellers can use. Several A.I. travel planning tools have popped up online, each with varying features and capabilities.
Here are 7 free A.I. travel planning tools to try when planning your next holiday.
Trip Planner AI has an intuitive and comprehensive interface that many will find easy to use. You start by entering some basic details such as location, number of days, number of travellers and estimated budget per day. You also have the option to include suggestions for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The itinerary provided by the AI is quite commendable, with around 6 to 7 activities per day, including meals. The attractions suggested are also located near each other, allowing you to explore different parts of your host city from day to day.
The AI also shows you a budget breakdown for food, activities and transport, which is helpful in planning your spending.
You’ll need to sign in to get your itinerary, and you are only allowed to save one itinerary on the free tier. Additional trips are only available on the paid Pro plan (US$4.99 per month).
Genius Trip can help you plan different categories of trips, such as romantic, family, cultural and party. But in practice, the itinerary you get seems to be limited by the destination you pick, so do temper your expectations somewhat.
Nevertheless, the platform is capable of generating a serviceable itinerary with popular suggestions for activities and destinations, with a suggested duration for each. You will also be given a suggested local dish or snack to try each day.
You can generate as many itineraries you want for free, and without signing in. But given the bare-bones nature of the output, Genius Trip is probably better suited for preliminary research and ideas.
Roam Around offers a pleasing interface with fuss-free operation, as all you need to do is to enter your city and your holiday dates.
You’ll then be presented with an itinerary filled with attractive photos for each suggestion. There’s a field at the top for you to enter your requests – with prompts ranging from “I’m vegetarian” to “more outdoorsy” and the like.
However, choosing these didn’t seem to make any difference in the attractions suggested, nor did custom prompts such as “street food” or “shopping”.
Perhaps this feature is yet to be fully implemented, which is a shame as Roam Around nails it in terms of presentation. Another drawback (or bug?) is that no matter what date you input, your itinerary will only be up to five days.
Might be good for discovering a new city, but those looking for more depth will probably do better elsewhere.
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Live the World offers an A.I. chatbot, Maya, to help you draw up a travel plan. The process is pretty simple and straightforward, with Maya first asking for basic info such as your destination, start date, number of travellers, budget and trip duration.
An outline with daily highlights is then generated according to your prompts. You can review this outline and tweak it by telling Maya to “add more shopping” or “remove hiking”, and the A.I. will make the corresponding changes.
Once you’re satisfied with the changes, you can generate a full itinerary, filled with write-ups and photos as highlights. The platform also incorporates hotel offers and ticket bookings right in your itinerary, making it easier for you to put your trip together.
It took a few attempts to get the outline altered to my liking, but so far this is the most responsive and customisable of the lot yet. I also liked that the system didn’t limit me in how many changes I could make, or the length of my trip.
Easily the most promising of the lot, although it might be a good idea to check the prices offered on the website to avoid being overcharged.
Amblr touts itself as a smart holiday planner powered by A.I, with recommendations curated according to your preferences. Well, that’s a pretty typical proposition, but it does work as advertised.
You start by entering your city, duration, budget, interest and mood, after which you’re presented with an itinerary that is tailored to the prompts you select. For instance, requesting a family-friendly trip with food and culture as the main interests versus nature and adventure delivered to very different itineraries.
However, the platform seems to be rather limited in its suggestions, which might be because the A.I. has not been trained on enough data yet. Or it could be a design choice by the creators so as to keep things simple for the end user.
In any case, your itinerary is interactive, in the sense that you can click the + sign to add your own attraction or activity to any day in your schedule. You can also click the “Create Guide” button to get a more detailed write-up and suggestions on the selected activity – probably generated by ChatGPT or its peers.
Amblr functions well enough as a basic trip planning builder, but you’ll probably need to do more research given the limited suggestions on offer. Also, you’re limited to a maximum trip duration of 7 days.
Plan Trips is perhaps the most easy to use travel planner out there. It is capable of accepting freeform prompts, such as “7-day trip to Hong Kong with family-friendly activities” and generating a detailed travel itinerary in response.
What is notable about Plan Trips is that the platform doesn’t skimp on the details, providing not only a daily itinerary, but also plenty of information such as time management, as well as suggestions for local cuisine and hotel stays. It also offers links to YouTube searches for vlogs related to your intended destination.
While all that is well and good, the platform bafflingly only generates 3 and a half days worth of itinerary, even though the prompt was for a much longer trip. I don’t know if this is a bug or by design, but I didn’t see any prompt to get a complete itinerary by signing in or something.
Still, Plan Trips makes for a good starting point if only because of the relatively high volume of information provided. It’s all probably pulled from ChatGPT, but its still useful nonetheless, especially for short trips.
With its whimsical name and light-hearted presentation, HeyHaddock has an easy charm about it. But how well does it fulfil its purpose of helping you plan your trip?
Quite well, thankfully. After setting your parameters (city, duration, preferences, etc), you are presented with a day-to-day itinerary populated with photos and short write-ups of each activity or point-of-interest.
Every item is also conveniently marked on Google Maps, so you can easily see the general region you will be exploring every day. You can also save the link to the maps, or share them with your contacts.
You can further refine your itinerary by asking the A.I. help you find various locations, such as coffee shops, bars or night markets, which you can then add to your itinerary by clicking the + sign.
I found HeyHaddock to be a little sluggish during use, but it does work pretty well as a rather comprehensive trip planner. It’s my favourite of the list, so here’s hoping they raise enough funding to get better servers.
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