Planning a trip? New app lets friends help

Mon Oct 17, 2011 11:04am EDT
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By Natasha Baker

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A new mobile app enables travelers to plan trips with a little help from their friends.

The app, called Trippy, links the users with friends in their social networks who have information on a particular city, either through living, studying, or traveling there, who can offer recommendations.

"We're in a less is more time now. If you want information on Tokyo, there are a thousand different sites, each with a thousand different ideas, reviews and comments that you're forced to sift through," said J.R. Johnson, founder and CEO of Trippy.

"You need your friends who know you best to narrow the field and tell you where you should be spending your time."

The app is based on the idea that friends have an understanding of the likes and dislikes and the personal circumstances of the person planning the trip.

It also allows users to access their itinerary while traveling, along with their friends' tips for each venue. Each venue is plotted on a map, complete with its address and phone number.

Users can also create a trip album and share photos directly from the venues that their friends recommended.

"That's something that falls through the cracks sometimes. Getting that thank you or acknowledgement back that they took you up on something you said," said Johnson.   Continued...

<p>A man holds up a mobile phone in central London December 7, 2009. REUTERS/Andrew Winning</p>