No hassle travel


  • TECH
  • Monday, 11 Aug 2014

Take a trip: Travella promises to take the guesswork out of holiday planning.

Planning for a holiday is never easy, as you will have to book accommodations, transportations and attractions, which can be time consuming.

Geek Workshop, a four-man team based in Cyberjaya, is working to solve that with Travella, a portal that will generate the itinerary for you at the click of a mouse.

All you have to do is enter the destination, duration and budget for Travella to come up with a list of attractions and accommodations, said its founder Low Kian Yang.

Its recommendations are based on Expedia, one of the most popular travel websites on the Internet.

“All of us in the team love to travel and thought it would be cool to take the stress out of planning and have a portal create an itinerary that users can customise and ­collaborate with others in real-time,” he said.

“At the moment we get our travel information from different sources and have to collaborate across different services such as Google Docs. Unfortunately, this method is incredibly messy and disorganised.”

With Travella users will be able to access the service from any web browser on a computer or mobile device, making it easy for them to plan a trip together.

Once the process is complete, users can print out the itinerary or save it in PDF ­format and carry it on their smartphones or tablets.

“It is our hope to promote local ­businesses to international travellers and in the process gain some ­advertising ­revenue from those that advertise on Travella,” said Low.

Geek Workshop said it is looking to gain its footing in the South-East Asian region first before going global.

“Right now we are looking at improving our recommendations in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand,” he said.

Currently the portal is in English but the team hopes to have it in Chinese as well to cater to tourists in Northern Asia which includes countries like China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

“There is an estimated 100 million Chinese nationals travelling across the world this year alone. They are too big a market to ignore,” said Low.

Travella will also allow users to share their itinerary and experiences with ­others on the portal, so it’s easier for the rest to pick what’s right for them.

Travella (www.travella.co) is expected to go live on Aug 18, and the team is planning to release an app for iOS and Android devices early next year.

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