- the ability to search for flights based on prices (not destinations),
- the ability to compare prices across both multiple locations AND months,
- the ability to search for countries, regions or states as destinations,
- the ability to search for whole itineraries based on price,
- the ability to search for a cheap weekend get-away,
- and the ability to combine travel information from many different sources (e.g. facebook, foursquare, blogs, etc…).
Much has been made of improving the design of the travel experience, typically focusing on the actual transportation part; but when it comes to the planning phase of a leisure trip, user experience design has been notably absent.
A new website called Wanderfly aims to change that with a well-designed interface that considers the way people plan trips. Equal parts travel agent, ticket-seller, world-traveling friend and source of travel inspiration, Wanderfly seeks to get you and your suitcase out of the house with minimal hassle.
Sometimes you want to go away, but don’t know where you want to go. Wanderfly makes you aware of the possibilities with a simple welcome screen that lets you punch in what you do know: Where you’re leaving from and a budget range, letting you set bookends anywhere between $200 and $5,000. Then you enter a rough time window of travel, i.e. mid-November for two days, or next January for 3 weeks.