[GoPlanit’s public launch was announced by CEO Steve Chen while he’s presenting on stage as a finalist during this year’s TechCrunch 50 Conference. Travel planning can be very frustrating and time-consuming. GoPlanit helps simplifying this – saving the time, money, and aggravation! Our guest editor Jonathan Tse got in touch with its COO Jimmy Ku, and here is his experience.]

GoPlanit is an extremely useful travel planning tool because it’s like your own personal travel agent and hotel concierge. When you travel, it’s either for business or pleasure. With work or vacation on your mind already, it can be frustrating and time consuming to research details, organize travel plans, and coordinate with others. GoPlanit simplifies the frustrations associated with travel by saving you time and money.

Whether you are a detailed oriented traveler who wants to plan everything or someone who wants to be given an itinerary, GoPlanit handles it all for you. Their “Planit and Go” feature creates a custom recommended trip itinerary for you in one click. This itinerary accounts for your personal preferences, friends’ recommendations, and each recommended item’s popularity, rating, proximity to your location, hours of operation, and more. For example, I asked my friend from Shanghai to plan a trip to San Francisco. She’s never been there before and GoPlanit gave her an immediate planned trip that she could follow, complete with hotel and restaurant suggestions. She shared this itinerary with me through GoPlanit‘s social travel/networking features, and I changed her itinerary on the fly since I am very familiar with the city and her personal preferences. She then finalized her trip by reviewing my suggestions and changing a few destinations to better suit her time table and interests. GoPlanit‘s “fill in the gaps” feature also proved useful for my friend when I only gave her a few places of interest for her third day in San Francisco. “Fill in the gaps” inserted suggestions into the free time she had that day. What she liked the most about GoPlanit was the ability to add, delete, and move around items in her itinerary because it gave her a lot of freedom to do and choose what she wanted.

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