And while AI still can’t replace human research that would offer a truly-personal vacation, it can present a clear lay of the land – popular attractions, restaurants, flights, hotels, and rentals – saving you at least a week of planning time.
So, what AI tools can you use to plan your next vacation?
3 AI trip planner tools at a glance
There are several AI travel planning tools and AI chatbots available that can assist you, however, we found these tools to be the most effective. They were handpicked based on:
Search engine visibility
Ease of navigation and simplicity of the user interface
Accuracy of the responses (cross-checked with a quick Google search)
Customer reviews on public platforms
We’ll look at these tools in detail below, but here is a quick overview.
Let’s look at 3 of these AI travel assistant tools in detail.
Tripnotes: Your go-to drinks & meal planner
Who is this for: Planning for a short trip
Provides an excellent opportunity to explore places and indulge in local-themed culinary experiences.
Marks the suggested places on a map with relevant icons.
It aggregates reviews from social media platforms such as Instagram and TikTok, as well as insights from renowned critics and publications while making recommendations. Based on this, it highlights a 'must-try dish' for each location, giving travelers an immersive experience with local flavors.
Lacks personalization and can provide suggestions only for 2 cities at a time.
When asked for an itinerary over an extended period of time - say a month - it would start glitching and the plans would be as organized as for a short trip.
Hidden tip: Instead of selecting the country, select a city you wish to visit. It will provide more personalized suggestions city-wise than country-wise.
Steps to follow while creating itinerary with Tripnotes
Vacay Chatbot: Your curated trip planner
Who is this for: Experiential travelers
Provides pre-built itineraries for worldwide destinations that you can customize
You can directly book the experiences through them.
Offers 3 different AI assistants to help with your specific needs:
Key limitation: Suggestions are limited to its database as it doesn’t have access to real-time updates. Also, it can only be used through a web browser.
Hidden tip: Use a combination of both the Vacay Chatbot and the Itinerary Planner to craft a comprehensive itinerary that includes budget allocation. This way you can get tailored accommodation options that align with your budget and suit the needs of your travel group.
Vacay Chatbot allows trip planning in 3 different ways as illustrated below
ChatGPT & ChatGPT Plugins like Kayak, Expedia: Trip planner assistant
Who is this for: End-to-end trip planners.
By far, ChatGPT plugins are the most evolved AI travel tools on this list. It can help you by suggesting a destination, researching and finalizing an itinerary (personalized to your needs), creating a packing list based on your itinerary, and even looking up flights/hotels.
ChatGPT plugins like Kayak, Expedia can give you updates on flight, hotel, and even car rentals. It can filter for specific budgets, ratings, and your travel tastes (boutique hotel, hostel, 5-star hotel), based on their historical data. To complete the bookings, you’ll be directed to the respective app. Here’s how ChatGPT Plugins work.
You can access real-time updates and these plugins only with a ChatGPT Plus account.
ChatGPT’s responses are dependent on how precise your prompts are. If your prompts are vague, the information might not be accurate and it can often hallucinate.
You can either activate the Kayak plugin or the Expedia plugin in a single conversation, not both. Therefore you can’t compare and look for cheaper options on booking sites through ChatGPT.
ChatGPT can be accessed through Bing Search and you can plan your itinerary with real-time updates.
Engage with it. The more you converse, the more personalized results you’re bound to get. Activate Web Requests plugin for external search.
You can use the Zapier plugin to transfer your itinerary and packing-list to Google Spreadsheet automatically.
ChatGPT plugins assist in planning and direct you to appropriate apps for booking
What should you do?
Ideally, any user would like an app that fulfills their needs at every stage of the trip. Coincidentally, a Statista study reflected the same opinion of travelers across the globe.
Until such an app exists, here is how you can plan your trip:
For the research and planning phase: Use ChatGPT, Google search, and maybe one more tool from the list above to create the itinerary. If you are looking for a specific experience, consider the following:
Experience-based trip: Vacay and Trip Planner AI
Interactive visual mapping of your itinerary: Tripnotes and iplan.ai
Personalized family trips: ChatGPT and Vacay
For the preparation phase: Ask ChatGPT to help you create a list of packing essentials based on your itinerary and travel dates, which you can then transfer to apps like Evernote or other note-taking apps.
You might consider TripIt to save your flight tickets, boarding passes, and hotel reservations in one place.
During the trip: While travelling, if you need any real-time suggestions to deal with delays, weather conditions, or tour cancellations, consult ChatGPT or Tripnotes for quick solutions.
Don't leave just yet. There's one last thing you need to know before using AI travel assistants for your vacation planning.
As with any tool or platform, be cautious with the information you share on the tool or app. Since they are still evolving, there are risks involved when it comes to data privacy and accuracy of information. Here are some risks of using AI tools for travel.
While human intuition and insider recommendations—such as tips on securing early-bird tickets or discovering uncharted waterfalls—are irreplaceable, AI tools like ChatGPT can significantly streamline your research and organize your bucket-list for the trip.
So, are you going to use AI for your next vacation?
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