In the last 2 posts, I detailed the market needs, and the itinerary planner user story. Continuing with more features around maintaining content, creating a transactional marketplace for revenue generation, and finally some integration ideas to piggy-back on the success of others.
Search public itineraries based on destination
System should suggest ‘hot’ holiday options – not in a salesy way – but genuine, recent itineraries that are verified for feasibility, cost estimate, etc.
Suggestions/searches should be based searches based on demographic information: age, gender, marital status, profession, origin city
Being a product manager is about not being content with what is around. I looked all around the place for a complete vacation planner app and finally created a wish list of what such an app would constitute. Continuing from the previous post on the topic, here is a high-level user story for each of my needs:
Start with a destination of my choice and add places to it [content]
Each place can be placed on an interactive itinerary map
Add category, description, images, comments, expenses (entrance fees, meals), attachments (bookings, etc.), hyperlinks, mark them as optional
View ratings [integration]
Auto-insert the place on the interactive calendar based on best-time-of-day information [content] and allow me to adjust
Plan the journey between places by specifying mode of transport, journey time & estimate cost [content, integration]
Add meals to places & journey with preferred joint & cost estimate
Validate if too much is planned for a day based on visit duration [content] and highlight optional places from the ‘Going to’ bucket that can be moved to a ‘May be’ bucket
When moving places around, system should remind to update the journey between places
Total itinerary cost should be constantly updated and displayed in local currency so I can budget; highlight places & journeys without estimates
Filter places on the by category, expense
Share my itinerary with others on the website; email the web link
Collaborate with co-travellers on the itinerary [roadmap]
Print/Email the itinerary with selected elements
Allow including embassy information, emergency numbers, weather, etc.
Mobile site to rate places, enter actual cost & time, add public & private notes
Update current location, upload photos & add notes that loved ones can view on a shared link
Mobile app [roadmap], share location on social media [integration]
In Part 2 of this post, we talk about more features ideas and concept’s strengths and challenges.
A few months back I was planning my vacation and things weren’t as easy as I thought. I had figured out the destination, booked air tickets, short-listed places to see and hired a car. The challenge however was to set up a local itinerary. I had X places to cover in Y days with optimized routes so we weren’t spending all our time travelling. This required finding exact locations & distances between them so as to figure how much could be covered in available time. I had nothing at my disposal but Google Maps & notepad.
Based on my own needs, and the way I go about planning my vacation, here are some high-level ‘market needs’: