I sent: 2/7/23 | July 2, 2023
Planning a trip can be boring. And I say this as someone who loves planning trips. Find cheap flights, research things to see and do, create an itinerary, obtain visas, and purchase equipment. The list goes on.
Planning a trip takes a lot of time and energy — no matter if it’s a two-week trip or a two-month trip. Between reading guidebooks and travel blogs and checking social media for tips, most people spend dozens of hours planning a trip.
Now, companies are looking to simplify this process using the latest technology: artificial intelligence.
With the advent of artificial intelligence, there are now more and more tools available to travelers to help them make the most of their trips.
These are the best tools I’ve seen GuideGeek.
What is GuideGeek?
GuideGeek is an AI-powered personal travel assistant created by Matador Network – A leading travel and adventure publisher that has been around for a long time.
They have created a cutting-edge AI that blends OpenAI’s ChatGPT technology with real-time travel information (i.e. live flight searches) and human curation from their in-house travel experts.
You can ask GuideGeek almost anything:
- Local and colloquial customs
- Places to eat
- Things to see and do
- Safety tips
- Budget tips
- And more!
It’s 100% free – just go to guidegeek.com And use the QR code to contact GuideGeek via WhatsApp (it runs via WhatsApp, so you don’t need to download a separate app).
If you don’t have WhatsApp, they plan to launch it on Instagram, Facebook Messenger, and SMS soon (although the world outside the US uses WhatsApp, it’s worth installing if you plan to spend any amount of money). time outside).
GuideGeek provides tips and advice to help you decide where and when to go, plan an itinerary, and get suggestions on what to see and do. Combined with travel guides and/or travel blogs, it is a powerful tool that will simplify planning your trip.
But does it really work?
I wanted to test and see if it actually works. For starters, here’s what it’s like to start using GuideGeek:
Now, since I recently moved back to New York City, I thought I’d ask him for some suggestions to see what he comes up with. I know NYC well so I wanted to know if she would give BS or real answers:
What’s interesting is that she didn’t just post general information. She asked me to be specific so she could better tailor her suggestions to my travel style and interests:
That’s a good start, but let’s get more specific and ask about museums and sushi restaurants that focus on history:
In addition to museums, I also asked about some colonial history sites (Something I read about and researched myself):
Now that we’ve covered our history, let’s ask about the food — sushi in particular.
These are some high end sushi places and they are not very affordable. Let’s see what we can find more budget-friendly:
These are very solid suggestions, and are definitely a good place for visitors to start. (To be fair, I’m a sushi fan, so it’s hard to impress!)
Fortunately, each response only takes a few seconds to get, and you can ask them almost anything when it comes to things to see and do (and places to eat).
To see how useful (and accurate) this tool is, let’s use it to plan a two-week trip from scratch.
First, let’s say you have vacation in October. Let us ask him where we should go:
She suggested New England, Munich (for Oktoberfest), Bali, Japan, and Patagonia. All the suggestions are great and October is a great time to visit each of these places. Assuming we don’t want to stay in the USA, let’s continue with our planning:
Now that we have this information in hand, let’s narrow it down further:
This screenshot shows about half of the suggestions GuideGeek provided, giving me plenty of suggestions that I can then dig through guides and blogs to learn more and figure out what I want to prioritize.
After defining my activities, it’s time to ask where I’ll live:
I can now take these suggestions and check them online via websites such as Booking.com And Hostelworld To check out photos and reviews and see what works best for my travel style and budget (he sent me clickable links, but not for about an hour after I submitted my question).
Using this tool, I found a place to go, things to see and do, and places to stay — all with a few quick questions sent to GuideGeek. Not only did this help me narrow down my search, but it gave me some solid information that I could use to dig deeper and make reservations, potentially saving me a huge chunk of time.
The travel industry is constantly changing. By adopting easy-to-use AI tools such as GuideGeekyou can save countless hours while arming yourself with a powerful personal travel assistant that will ensure you make the most of every trip.
Will this replace blogs, people and travel agents? no not yet. maybe in the future. But not now. But it adds another free and easy-to-use tool to your arsenal while planning a trip.
Book your flight: logistical tips and tricks
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