7 Companies Making It Easier To Plan And Manage Travel
Booking tickets and reservations is the most frustrating part of travel, especially if you're trying to manage the itineraries of multiple people. Thankfully, there are companies dedicated to making this process easier, providing everything from planned group tours to expense management systems so you can focus on the things that matter. This video was made with Ezvid Wikimaker.
7 Providers of Services & Tools for Planning Travel
|Company||What they do|
|Suiteness||Allows users to book connecting rooms at quality hotels in thousands of destinations|
|Butterfield & Robinson||Private and small-group trips organized by region and activity level, including hiking, safaris, and corporate expeditions|
|TripActions||Business travel and expense platform with real-time data, simple communication, and easy setup|
|Virtual Honeymoon||Interactive destination matching tool that allows clients to virtually experience a venue prior to booking|
|Booking Holdings||Brands include KAYAK, Priceline, Agoda, OpenTable, Booking.com, and Rentalcars.com|
|Rydoo||Travel and expense management solution that lets employees submit claims on the go and helps companies analyze costs through analytics tools|
|Viking||Luxury cruises to far-off locales like Antarctica, The Galápagos, and Scandinavia|
Sicily with Butterfield & Robinson
Travel Blogs To Inspire Your Wanderlust
|Getting Stamped||Couple specializing in quick trips, the Caribbean, honeymoon destinations, and photography|
|Just One Way Ticket||Nomad from Berlin takes extended journeys through countries across the globe|
|You Could Travel||Husband and wife duo offer detailed lists of places to go and things to do|
|Inside the Travel Lab||Location guides, packing advice, and information on luxury travel and responsible touring|
|Mini Travellers||Helps parents find the best family-friendly spots and make the most out of trips with kids|
|The Planet D||Detailed city guides, planning tips, and encouraging stories for those seeking adventure|
|PointsandTravel||Tips for maximizing every dollar while going off the beaten path to explore the world|
The Canada & New England Scenic Shores Voyage from Viking
Things to Bring on Your Next Vacation
- Travel size toiletries that won't take up too much space
- Keep your dirty clothes separate from the clean ones with a laundry bag
- A money belt for easy access to cash & cards
- If you're traveling with kids, you might want to bring along some games
- Depending on your preference, either a backpack or some nice luggage
- Cozy pillows can improve any long flight or car trip
- If you're going to a country where you don't know the language, a translator can be a big help
- A travel mug for your coffee or tea
Suiteness Presents: Date Night
Whether you're traveling for business or leisure, planning and actually going on a trip can be quite stressful, especially when you have no idea where to stay or don't know how to get around the area once you reach your destination. With that in mind, here, listed in no particular order, are some companies making travel easier and more convenient for everyone.
First up, at #1, we have Suiteness, an online booking site that aims to make it easier for families and friends to book connecting hotel rooms for groups of four or more. It works directly with hotels to access their floor plans and find every adjoining room option available, offering an affordable alternative to home or apartment rentals.
Suiteness gives members access to reserve some of the most exclusive hotel suites in cities around the world, including London, Las Vegas, New York City, and Los Angeles. Each customer also has a complimentary personal concierge, who can help with any recommendations for activities or assistance with reservations for their stay.
Each customer also has a complimentary personal concierge, who can help with any recommendations for activities or assistance with reservations for their stay.
Next, at #2, is Butterfield & Robinson. Founded in 1966, it is a luxury travel company that creates trips that combine adventure with cultural immersion. It has an extensive portfolio of small group departures, self-guided adventures, ready-to-book private itineraries, and a team of experts who can take care of any custom requests.
The company classifies its active trips according to how far customers will be traveling each day and how challenging the terrain is, and it also has varying levels of support to choose from. When a client books a trip, they'll be provided with a detailed itinerary and information on what to bring, suggestions on where to stay, and other helpful tips.
At #3 is TripActions, a global corporate travel management and payments platform that aims to help clients build and scale travel operations with ease by providing instant access to its team of experts and a wide array of convenient flight, lodging, and ground transportation choices.
Its Business Travel Continuity suite delivers the real-time data and insights needed to monitor and respond decisively to unexpected events, such as natural disasters, transportation strikes, health crises, and more. TripActions' Incident Management Team sends proactive alerts when incidents occur, and its traveler map allows businesses to quickly communicate to employees in affected areas.
Next up, at #4, we have Virtual Honeymoon, an interactive tool that allows brides and grooms across the country to virtually experience potential wedding and honeymoon sites prior to booking. Clients are given a set of questions designed to figure out their needs and preferences, then the tool will match them with the top destinations based on their answers.
Once a client's search has been narrowed down to two places, they can explore these locations virtually. Virtual Honeymoon has been featured on various media outlets, including SmarterCX and The Richest, and it has also won TravelAge West's Best Targeted Marketing Award.
Once a client's search has been narrowed down to two places, they can explore these locations virtually.
Next, at #5, is Booking Holdings. It is a leading provider of online travel and related services provided to consumers and local partners in various countries and territories through brands such as KAYAK and OpenTable. Operating in more than 40 languages, it aims to make it easier for everyone to experience the world.
Among the company's brands is Agoda, a global online accommodation reservations provider based in the heart of Asia that has a network of over one million properties. It also owns and operates Priceline, which provides travelers smart and easy ways to save on hotel rooms, airline tickets, rental cars, vacation packages, and cruises.
Next up, at #6, we have Rydoo, a user-friendly cloud solution that aims to help streamline corporate travel and expenses for better insights, automated controls, and better quality of life for employees. As a global company, it has offices around the world and understands the complexity of all local regulations, allowing it to cater to each country individually.
As a global company, it has offices around the world and understands the complexity of all local regulations, allowing it to cater to each country individually.
Booking can be done via its web or mobile app, which can be used to verify flight information, check in and out from hotels, and add expenses in real-time. Companies can also get real-time insights on their corporate travel spending, with all bookings and expenses visible in the travel managers and finance team dashboard.
At #7 is Viking. Founded in 1997, it provides destination-focused itineraries designed for experienced travelers who have an interest in geography, culture, and history. Each journey includes a shore excursion in every port, and an exclusive program that provides deep immersion in the destination through performances of music and art, cooking demonstrations, informative port talks, and carefully selected guest lecturers.
Its My Viking Journey website is designed exclusively for guests who have booked a cruise with the company and it allows users to customize and manage their upcoming journey. There, guests can browse and book shore excursions, make alternative restaurant reservations, and access and print visa applications and travel itineraries.