Traveler reviews platform TripAdvisor has unveiled a new version that borrows from the world of social networks (share, like, follow, etc.) that is now available to travelers around the world. Here are three new functions that are practical and interesting to explore.
> Create a trip
What friend or relation hasn't asked for recommendations for their upcoming trip to a place you once visited? TripAdvisor can now be used as a travel journal that friends and acquaintances can also view and have in their pockets (thanks to the smartphone app) to keep all your tips to hand. Users create a folder for each destination, in which they can label each place of interest, such as restaurants, hotels, sights, places of interest etc. For each one, the user can add a comment and their own photos. TripAdvisor invites members to think of this tool as the opportunity to create their own personal travel guides, including lists and even itineraries. Like Facebook, which lets users share content only with friends, travelers can restrict access to a destination folder to their followers. There is also a public trips section.
> Connect to the accounts of tourism brands
To develop this new version, the American giant called on over a thousand brands and influencers in the aim of building travel journals packed with photos and practical content to inspire connected travelers. For those tired of the unnatural feel of accounts run by professional Instagrammers, the pages of tourism industry players like Conde Nast Traveler, National Geographic and TimeOut could be valuable sources of information for planning a future trip. Here, the latest freshly published hot tips and lists of unmissable sights and experiences in the world can be easily consulted in one place – which could shift the balance when it comes to choosing vacation destinations and activities.
> Keep track of travels
Travel enthusiasts usually have a mental checklist of must-visit destinations. Via the user profile, TripAdvisor offers a list of cities and countries that users can tag as visited, to try or favourite destinations. All visited destinations are pinned on a world map. The platform calculates the number of kilometers covered, which is converted into a percentage to show users how much of the planet they have left to explore. – AFP Relaxnews