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5 Free Travel Planning AI and ChatGPT Apps to Get an Instant Itinerary

Originally posted on makeuseof.

These free travel planning apps use AI and machine-learning tools like ChatGPT to prepare an itinerary for you in a few seconds.

You can tell a travel agent your preferred dates, the place you want to visit, and your budget, and expect a full itinerary of what to do there based on your preferences. Can AI do the same job? These free travel planning apps use AI and machine-learning tools like ChatGPT to prepare an itinerary for you in a few seconds.

1. Roam Around (Web): ChatGPT Powered AI Tool to Build an Itinerary for a City

Roam Around is a free and basic implementation of ChatGPT as a travel planning app where you input your destination and the number of days you have

Of course, the first AI that comes to mind these days is ChatGPT. Roam Around uses the internet’s favorite new AI chat app to help you plan your travel in any city, as yet another one of the amazing things you can do with ChatGPT. It’s not a super sophisticated app by any means, but it’s simpler than even learning how to put the right prompt in the original ChatGPT to get what you want.

Roam Around asks you for two things only: the city you’re planning to visit and how many days you have to spend there. Based on this information, it queries ChatGPT and presents the response in an intelligible manner.

The app is quite basic and doesn’t let you refine or filter your results in any way. We’d advise treating it more as a reference or template to start your travel planning, which you can then check with other guides to fix an itinerary. It’s also a good app for users who can’t access ChatGPT due to it being blocked by their universities or authorities.

2. Vacay Chatbot (Web): Learn How to Write Effective ChatGPT Travel Prompts

Vacay's chatbot is an excellent tool to learn how to issue ChatGPT prompts for travel queries such as where to go or recommendations for best restaurants or spots

Vacay specializes in giving travelers options for curated vacations and experiences based on destinations, operators, or price ranges. After the recent buzz around ChatGPT, they’ve also developed a ChatGPT-powered AI chatbot to design a custom trip, give you inspiration on where to go, and even generate local recommendations for hotels, restaurants, and attractions.

As you can see, unlike Roam Around, this chatbot has several different uses. Of course, you’ll need to know how to write an effective AI prompt to get the response you seek. Vacay is aware of this limitation among users and offers several examples of effective travel-related prompts for various activities that tourists might want. It also has a small prompt guide as well as best practices to help you customize your ChatGPT queries.

The answers display within the Vacay page itself, but there’s no way to save them. You can copy-paste the response into any notepad or document.

3. Roamr (Web): Plan Multi-City Itinerary With Maps and Photos

Roamr is a travel-planning AI app that gives you a basic template of an itinerary for a multi-city trip, with day-by-day descriptions, photos, and map plotting

Like the other AI-based travel itinerary generating apps, Roamr sees itself as a starting point for your plans or brainstorming. The base is to give users three things that make their travel planning easier:

  • Complete day-by-day trips with details
  • Pictures for all locations and activities
  • Map view embedded for every trip

Roamr first asks for your destination, and yes, you can add multiple destinations if you are planning to visit more than one place. Add your start and end date, and then choose your trip style from options such as Relaxing, Romantic, Historic, Outdoorsy, and Adventurous. You can choose multiple options too.

In a few seconds, Roamr gives you the itinerary with a short description of what you’ll be doing each day and its significance. As you scroll through the activities, the map auto-updates to show the locations. You can also view Google photos about each point of interest. Finally, Roamr adds a weather forecast for your travel dates, as well as a currency conversion.

4. iPlan.AI (Android, iOS): Easiest Phone AI App to Create Travel Itinerary

While iPlan.AI doesn’t mention which AI or machine-learning algorithm it uses, the results are fantastic enough to gloss over that. The app works beautifully on phones to give you a full itinerary for any one city at a time, depending on how many days you have there.

The app first asks you to name the destination city. As far as we checked, iPlan.AI works best for popular tourist cities, not offbeat or obscure travel. Next, note how many days you will be there, and then choose your free time on each day — a cool step to ensure a better itinerary if you already have some plans in mind. Tell iPlan.AI if you’re traveling solo, as a couple, with family, or with friends, and then choose your interest among topics like history, art and culture, nature, entertainment, shopping, food, sports, relaxing, etc. Finally, choose a budget between economy, normal, or luxury.

After a few minutes, iPlan.AI gives you a day-wise itinerary for your trip. It’s plotted on a map for you to see all the locations, and each point of interest has additional details like how many minutes people typically spend there. You’ll also find information on estimated travel time and transport modes between those places. And you can share it with a friend or export it all to Google Maps for help while travelling.

The app is free, and in our usage, we didn’t face any ads. The only real limitation of iPlan is that you can’t get an itinerary for a multi-city trip. For now, you’ll need to make a plan for each city you’re visiting one at a time.

Download: iPlan for Android | iOS (Free)

5. Curiosio (Web): AI Generated Custom Road Trips Anywhere in the World

Curiosio is a roadtrip planning app based on AI that gives you several parameters to refine your journey before plotting a route based on your interests

The easiest last-minute travel plan is to get into a car and drive. Curiosio specializes in helping you plan an itinerary for a road trip in several major countries on all continents. It doesn’t cover every single place, but the existing collection is impressive enough.

Curiosio uses its own AI engine, Ingeenee, that is trained on several crowdsourced travel-based resources, such as Wikivoyage, Wikipedia, Wikidata, Freebase, DBpedia, GeoNames, OSMNames, OpenStreetMap. Through this dataset, it’s able to chart an itinerary that meets your requirements across various parameters.

You can set options for a round trip or a one-way trip with starting and finishing points. If there are any places you want to visit on the way, add them in. Then set the number of travelers, dates of the journey, what vehicle you’re using, total budget, and whether you want to visit places that spark curiosity or are obscure. The AI will usually give you multiple plans and routes for these options.

The itinerary includes a map of your route, along with a day-wise breakdown of where you’ll be going and what you’ll be seeing. Each point of interest is clickable to find more information about it. There are easy shortcuts to copy the link to share it with co-travelers, print it out, or even export it to Google Maps. Curiosio is one of the best road trip planners for your next adventure.

The Limitations of Travel Planning AI Apps

All these travel planning AI apps urge you not to use the itinerary as-is and only treat it as a template or guide to begin planning your trip. There’s a good reason behind this. While AI tools like ChatGPT are excellent, they currently have several limitations like databases that aren’t recently updated or require specific prompts from the user.

A real human travel agent is still going to understand you better and give you a more customized itinerary that suits your requirements. But of course, that’s going to cost you a few bucks. If you want a free base guide, travel planning AI apps are a good starting point.

Source: makeuseof

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