This was a self-initiated project both for fun and practice. Together is this trip planning app that eases trip planning process by centralizing information and facilitating communication. The process went from user research down to interaction design, visual design and prototyping. And it's still ongoing.
Group Trip Planning
Group trip planning can be painful, especially when you cannot easily meet your fellow travellers in person. There is a great amount of research needed to do, and this process involves different tools.
Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 10 people aged from 22 to 27, who had the experience of planning trips with a group of people. Here are the main findings we concluded from the research:
Usually there will be 1-2 primary planners, others provide opinions and suggestions.
NO EFFICIENT ITINERARY VISUALIZATION
There is no efficient tools to visualize a proposed itinerary, which make it hard to communicate within group. Also there will be repetitive research during the trip because the planner only remembers the itinerary in his own mind.
INEFICIENT COMMUNICATION & LOW ENGAGEMENT
It is hard for other members who did not do research to actually have opinions on the itinerary, which makes it hard to have an itinerary that suits the needs of everyone. Their insufficient knowledge lead to huge reliance on the primary planner during the trip.
A integrated workplace for group trip planning
Our vision for the design was to create a integrated workplace for people to plan group trip. By Starting with great templates, creating and sharing your own itinerary with your friends, the trip planning could be collaborative, transparently, and fun.
A SHARABLE ITINERARY AMONG YOUR GROUP
Rather than starting fom searching information separtely in different tool, what we provide is a direct start from a existing itinerary, where users can edit details in the existing itinerary with his or her fellow travellers.
Two user groups
Planners are people who take main responsibility to plan the trip.
Fellow travellers will follow the plan made by planners.
Mapping out features
By choosing among several different navigation templates and color styles, users can tweak their app before signing up.
Create your own trip by simply adding your destinations, start date and end date. Invite your fellow travellers and you can start planning your trip together!
Plan your trip by referring to travel guides posted by other users. Copy the whole itinerary if it perfectly matches your expectations.
Add places, hotels, memos, or dig into details of various places, finding out the best ones and add them to your itinerary.
The visualized itinerary facilitates communication, and allow users to plan trips wisely based on the geographic distance, and the anticipated weather.