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USA USA USA: Bucket expands nationwide

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Bucket’s CEO, Julia Lam, exploring the USA. At Portland’s Japanese Tea Garden. Photo by Connie Chan.

Earlier this year, we launched Bucket beta in Northern California to help you collect trip ideas from any source and any device so you could easily decide and go.

When we originally got started building a product to solve trip planning, we observed travelers opening 20 different tabs on a web browser, finding places they were excited about, and copying-and-pasting those ideas into a text document with no way to decide what they actually wanted to do, and go do it.

When we launched Bucket, travelers were delighted. Those that were heading to Northern California got to work, collecting places from popular Bay Area publications like 7x7, Thrillist, and Yelp — using Bucket to transform the text recommendations into a set of cards that were visual, and had all the details they needed to decide and go.

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They planned trips to wine country, collected their favorite date night ideas in San Francisco, and collaborated on their weekend roadtrip getaways down the coast to Carmel-by-the-Sea.

But most trips don’t necessarily take place between Tahoe and Yosemite. Travelers wanted more. They wanted to use Bucket to plan trips to more places.

Today, we announce Bucket’s expansion to collect places nationwide from any text source.

This means, that when you’re now reading an article across the web about any location in the US, say New York, Miami, or Los Angeles, you can now collect your favorite places back to Bucket for safekeeping and plan your next trip — just in time for your holiday travel.

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For example, if you’re reading a New York Times 36 hours’ article about Honolulu, Hawaii, and click the Bucket Chrome extension, it will scan the article for all places, and add in all the information you need to decide and go. This means, Bucket will add photos, ratings and reviews, and the locations on a map. From here, you can decide which places you want to keep and easily take it with you on a mobile device.

Bucket works on just about every website where the content references places in the US, whether that’s Time Out’s article about the museums in Washington DC, Open Table’s restaurant recommendations of Oahu, or the individual website of your favorite attraction, like the Empire State Building.

We’ve been quietly testing this expansion for awhile, and travelers and collectors are already elated with the new releases.

See how former New York Times writer and 10x Sundance Film Festival connoisseur (11x next year), Jenny Lee, uses Bucket to share recommendations for the upcoming Sundance Film Festival in January…

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… Or how New York native, Alisha Outridge, uses Bucket to save her favorite places for weekend excursions with her girlfriends…

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… Or how traveler, Leura Fine, used Bucket to collaborate and share recommendations for a unique New Year’s getaway with her friends to New Orleans.

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We continue to support a limited version of Bucket for four popular websites in other international destinations which you can use if you’re traveling outside of the US.

In addition to announcing our expansion, today, we’re releasing a few most requested features:

  • Following. The ability to follow any traveler and their buckets and get updates.
  • Nearby Buckets. We’re now surfacing other similar buckets based on locale to give you even more ideas about what to do on your trip.

Next time when you’re surfing the web for places to go, save your favorite places to Bucket. We’ll do the rest of the work so you can spend more time enjoying your trip.

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Founder @ Tara&Co, ex-Facebooker, traveler, and dancer.

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