Pinterest has exploded in growth in the last year or so, becoming one of the most popular social networks for lifestyle topics. Its growth shows an interest in bookmarking and sharing content by using images rather than reviews or status updates. While you can use Pinterest to bookmark pages, a few startups have jumped into the fray and designed sites especially for travel. The sites below borrow the look and feel of Pinterest with elements from other social networks to help travelers plan their next vacation.
Travelavenue is a Pinterest-inspired way to plan your upcoming trips online. The site looks like a board with blue pins on each picture showing a travel-related idea. You can organize “trip collections” on your destination, for example, New York. You can link a page from another site, perhaps a description of a Museum of Modern art exhibit to Travelavenue’s page for MOMA. Trip collections can also be organized by categories and address to be easily shared with people you’re traveling with.
Further, Travelavenue takes the work of travelers on its site to build its own personal travel guide that is constantly being updated. Since the site only focuses on travel, it is easier to find exactly what you’re looking for in your next vacation on Travelavenue.
FlyMuch blends Pinterest’s love for pinning and images with the discovery aspect of Foursquare and Yelp. You can search for restaurants, museums and more by city. You have the option to like, save or share each venue via Facebook or Twitter.
When you search by city, the most popular venues pop up with pictures, which is arguably a more pleasant way to look for places to eat and explore than reading through hundreds of reviews on Yelp. When you click on a place, you can see a map, pictures and user activity on the site along with Foursquare tips. Unfortunately you cannot use FlyMuch to plan an international trip yet, but this is sure to be part of a future update.
Social travel site Trippy has also recently gone through a redesign that looks very similar to Pinterest. All of these sites allow travelers to track their trips and favorite venues in one location. Which will you use to plan your next vacation?