TravelMuse has been around for a while; it's an interesting mix of editorial content about travel destinations and a travel search engine. At Demo this morning, they announced new features that let you work with your travel partners to plan a trip.
What I found most interesting about this site, though, was its inspiration finder. You tell the site what season you want to go on the trip, how much per person you want to spend on flights and hotels, how long you're willing to fly and what you want to do. TravelMuse recommends spots within the travel radius you specified that meet your criteria. If you ever get in a rut of going to the same places every few years, this is a great way to break out.
Once you've figured out where to go, you can set up a trip plan, then add locations and activities to it. It's easy to add information from TravelMuse itself, but with a browser plugin, you can also add information from elsewhere on the Web. You can assign activities to certain days, then shift the itinerary around with a simple drag and drop.
I haven't dug around in TravelMuse enough to see whether they can really replace Orbitz or Expedia as a way of making actual reservations (the site has the capability, but I don't know whether the data is as deep and the interface as handy). But it looks valuable as a way to come up with initial travel ideas and plans.
from: PC World blog
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