InspiRock Travel Itinerary Planner
I often find, when planning my….sorry our (need to add my wife here)…next adventure, that the world is such a big place and with so many possibilities, it is often difficult to decide where to go on holiday. When narrowing down the options, some of the questions we have to nail down to provide the framework for a holiday are:
- East or West
- North of South
- Type of Holiday (Adventure or chill)
So now that the basic framework is in place, we can start looking at specific countries to travel to. I must admit, there is always a bit of friction here when it comes to planning the next adventure as all of us are so different and our needs or interests vary a lot. This is why I want to share with you this amazing product that my wife stumbled across and we thought about giving it a go.
The product is called InspiRock and it was designed to help people like myself come up with ideas and combinations based on your personal settings and requirements. Sound good? Well let me tell you a little about how this product works in detail.
The first step in the planning of your next adventure is to list the desired destination you wish to travel to. Yes you need to have at least decided on a general location otherwise the program will not have enough parameters to work off. So the destination can be a country, a region or a city that you have thought of travelling to so, it does not have to be a list of cities or super detailed, it just needs a general indication of your preference. During our testing of this product, my wife and I were planning a trip to Denmark, so we plugged that into the field and I will share with you the results of that test.
The next step is the dates as this affects the types of activities offered by the program. This also enables the program to calculate the duration of your trip in an attempt to optimize the route selection for that area. There is no point for the site to plan the most amazing ski adventure in the height of summer so the dates will be configured into the program to tailor the solution to the season. Our dates were 23.11.2018 – 03.12.2018 so this will be an end of autumn, beginning of winter adventure so making this a beach centred trip was not really a major priority.
Specifying Desired Activities:
The type of holiday and the success of this website is that it is able to tailor your needs to an offer that both appeals and inspires you.
The first section on type of holiday destinations is between Popular, Balanced or Hidden-Gems. This will tailor the selection to either the really main steam tourist centres, the more off-the-beaten-track or a mixture of the two. I selected the balanced option as we like a little of both so this will suit our needs.
The second criteria is the speed at which you want to see things, Fast-Paced, Medium or Slow-an-Easy. We were planning 11 days in Denmark so in this case it wasn’t the longest trip ever but then again it was not just a long weekend. In this case a medium paced journey would provide a good variety of destinations together with enough time to properly see them too.
The next selection panel, you can choose 1 out of 9 or all 9 if they all catch your fancy. The selections are as follows:
- Historic Sites*
- Shopping *
I have put an asterix * next to my selection to illustrate the results of this program. Once you have selected your activities then click the button “See My Plan” and wait for the results.
The results are structured under 4 main categories namely: Route, Day-to-Day, Where to Stay and How to Travel.
This section gives an overview of the suggested route planning based on the parameters that have been provided during the initial process. The results are as follows:
It provides some suggestions for time management and a little history about the areas that you will visit. The main attractions or highlights are planned into the itinerary for you:
The results of the day to day will illustrate an indicative program of what to see and more or less the time frames that you can see this in:
In the top right, there will be some suggestions such as the public transport possibilities, day trip excursions or the hop-on/hop-off buses including some of the pricing related to these products.
Where to Stay:
InspiRock has linked their site to both TripAdviser and AirBnB in an attempt to give you the best selection of accommodation for the itinerary provided. These are linked to the cities that are suggested and aimed at being as centrally located as possible to best optimize your time.
How to Travel:
The last tab is the “How to Travel” tab which assists with flights, rental cars and train bookings. Often I have found that the transportation is the most stressful part of the planning process as it is mostly unknown at this stage what the best mode of transport is and what the best combination could be.
This process has been made simple in this case as the website integrates your wishes into the algorithm to best maximize your experience using your preferences and what is locally available.
Should You Trust Them?
The site comes highly rated with some really well-known names endorsing them:
- Los Angeles Times
- Business Insider
- Economic Times
- The Huffington Post
These are just to name a few. In addition to these names, this sire scores a rating of 8.8 / 10 in the TrustScore rating system.
Full Out Tutorial:
If you are looking for inspiration, travel planning assistance or just some additional information about the destination you already have in mind to travel to, InspiRock is a great product that has solved the problem we today are faced with where there is just too much choice.
If you are looking for a video on how to use the program, here is a YouTube video that provides an in depth tutorial on all the features of this website: