How to sketch your trip
It is usefull exercise to prelimiary draft some trip ideas, compare different routes, estimate money spending, share with friends & family, re-iterate with their feedbacks, make some anchor decisions like number of people, duration of the trip, sync with good flight options etc. Here we will reveal you how to do this probing. It’s all done at https://curiosio.com
Initial decisions & preferences
So you are deciding: who is going, when and where? You could have preferences for the budget to spend, or vice versa — the budget to fit in. ‘Why’ is also useful, e.g. for themed trips; but right now we are serving your maximum curiosity, by finding everything that is feasible within your available time & budget. Let’s continue with this speedster approach — entire country in one week. Or in 8 days, or in 9, or 10, or 11, …, or 20, or 21 days. Consider that next your visit to that country will happen in ten years or so, and go squeeze whatever possible to give a run for your time & money there.
Who is going? Number of adults aka travel geeks, and number of kids. When? It is better to use your favorite airline (including low costs carriers), levereging all loyalty program benefits within, you know better because your airline may notify you with cool promotions and deals. You could earn points doing biz trips, and then buy your personal tickets using corporate points (yes, we consider you as travel geeks). Well, flights purchased, and you know the dates and locations where you land in your destination country, and location where you leave from. Counld be the same, could be different.
OK, if you are from Toronto, just to make things specific. Four of you decided to go sightsee United Kingdon in 15 days under 10K British pounds budget, landing & starting in Edinburgh and finishing & leaving in/from Cardiff. You secure Toronto-Edinburgh and Cardiff-Toronto flights yourselves. Then you just enter this all — start city, end city, dates, budget, number of geeks at https://curiosio.com/gb/
And hit that red button, to get your good trip options. Below is the summary of the proposed trip. You could see that in about 10K GBP four of you could really do it — almost entire country in 15 days, starting in Edinburgh and finishing in Cardiff, as you designed for yourselves, based on your private preferences & plans.
One trip is in red, with its itinerary detailed on the left (if you are at the big screen like laptop, tablet). Alternative trips are present there in grey. You also could click them, to see their itinerary and summary.
Here is readable itineary corresponding to the red colored trip. BTW all those destinations and points of interest are clickable [in Trip Plan, in the browser]. If you click on one, you will be navigated to Wikipedia and Wikivoyage for detailed descriptions of them. Some may be absent at Wiki, e.g. restaurants, but majority is present and gives you good outlook with photos what it is.
DAY 1–4 Edinburgh
Scotch Whisky Experience, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh Castle, St Giles’ Cathedral, Old Town, Edinburgh, Scottish Parliament, Scottish National Gallery, Holyrood Palace, Scottish Parliament Building, Princes Street, Edinburgh International Festival, Murrayfield Stadium, Princes Street Gardens, Greyfriars Bobby, Guy Fawkes Night, Arthur’s Seat, George Street, Edinburgh, Portobello, Edinburgh, Talbot Rice Gallery, Dominion Cinema, Camera obscura, Edinburgh
DAY 5–6 York
York Minster, Castle Howard, York City F.C., Micklegate, York Castle, The Shambles, Mystery play, York Maze, Vue Cinemas, York, York Guildhall
DAY 7 Chester (via Manchester)
Chester Cathedral, Chester Zoo, Eastgate and Eastgate Clock, Chester city walls, Simon Radley At The Chester Grosvenor, Chester Racecourse, Manchester Town Hall, Manchester United F.C., Piccadilly Gardens, Imperial War Museum North, Lancashire County Cricket Club, St Ann’s Church, Manchester
DAY 8 Hertford (via Chester)
DAY 9–10 London
Piccadilly Circus, Buckingham Palace, British Museum, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Palace of Westminster, Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral, Regent Street, Piccadilly, River Thames, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, Kew Gardens, Hampton Court Palace, University College London, Strand, London, Savoy Theatre, Royal National Theatre, Pillar box#Penfolds, Surrey County Cricket Club, Speakers’ Corner, Simón Bolívar, London Transport Museum, Mount Street, London, Walpole Park
DAY 11 Thame (via London)
Long Crendon Courthouse
DAY 12 Oxford
University of Oxford, Radcliffe Camera, Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, Oxford United F.C., Bodleian Library, Ashmolean Museum, Sheldonian Theatre, Magdalen College, Oxford, Cornmarket Street, Christ Church, Oxford, Oxford Playhouse
DAY 13–15 Cardiff (via Oxford, Gloucester)
Principality Stadium, Millennium Stadium, Senedd, National Assembly for Wales, Wales Millennium Centre, National Museum Cardiff, Castell Coch, Cardiff Castle, Llandaff Cathedral, Techniquest, Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester Guildhall, GL1 Leisure Centre, College Court, Gloucester
Not bad for just one click [on that red button]? Cool, moving forward, there is more to come, also in one additional click.
Reminding about some red stuff around trip summary: Modify Search on top, hamburger menu on the right, and red Save button at the bottom.
If you got some new ideas while searched for this trip, and what to change something, then hit Modify Search and search again. Everything starts from Search workflow.
If you like the trip, then hit SAVE TRIP button. It will be saved, even if you are not logged in. You could save as many as you want. They will be available for preview from the top menu item called MY TRIPS then. Here is how your trip looks like after it’s just freshly saved. The page is clipped at the bottom for space sake.
You could notice that you are now in Trip Plan mode, look below the summary — there is Trip Plan and Checklist items. It Trip Plan you better see the arrangements by days. In Checklist you could books and check mark done items for yourself, just to not overlook something important. Especially hotels at the beginning and at the end of the trip, and a car. Click on Checklist and have a look:
When you click red Book @ Expedia link, you are navigated to Expedia, and you could fine tune the rest according to your preferences. Here you just check the step as done.
Now about that small red hamburger menu on the right from the trip summary. It is context menu indeed, you could do some cool stuff with your trip. Click it, and here are features:
Shareable link allows you to send this trip to anybody, for preview, review, feedbacks, or just for informing others about your cool plans. When you click Get Shareable Link, you will get some text line like this:
Send this string by email, or messenger, or Facebook, and others who click it, will get your trip opened in their browsers. So that they could see what you have created. We try our best, that those who see your trips will envy you or be happy for you. Just different people may react differently:)
All right, other two features are exports in Google Maps and HERE Maps. We encourage you to hit the Export items and see what happens. On laptops and tablets you will stay in the browser, and get your trip in new tab.
Do you know it is possible to send the route to your smartphone? There is ‘Send directions to your phone’ on the left at the lower half of the page.
Travel geeks are also life geeks, so it is cool to read LifeHacker periodically. There are tips how to send Google Maps to your iPhone and Droid phone:
iOS: If you tend to look for locations on your desktop more often than your phone, Google's rolled out a handy feature…lifehacker.com
Android: A while back, Google added the ability to type "send directions" into Google to automatically forward…lifehacker.com
That Google Maps functionality changes from time to time. So be sure you look for updated trick when needed. Anyway, after you sent the route to your phone, now you could download the map offline, and do navigation offline. In different country, without roaming charges. And it will be one of the best navigations possible — by Google Maps. Be a geek, use technology.
Stay in touch
Long post today, sorry guys, but this is kind of documentation what our technology can do, and how you could use and benefit from it. Just go to https://curiosio.com and try yourselves. Be a geek, use technology.