travel

  • Google now lets you explore U.S. National Parks via 360-degree virtual tours

    Google now lets you explore U.S. National Parks via 360-degree virtual tours

    Exploring the world is something that’s always been a bit of a luxury for those who can afford to travel, but technology is changing that. With VR and 360-degree videos, you can now immerse yourself in virtual environments that give you a real sense of what a place is like, without actually being there. Google has been taking advantage of things like VR field trips and virtual reality… Read More

  • GuestReady provides Airbnb hosts with the services to professionalize their rental

    GuestReady provides Airbnb hosts with the services to professionalize their rental

    London-based GuestReady officially opened its doors this week, launching its service in six cities: London, Paris, Amsterdam, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and Hong Kong. The idea is simple, provide all manner of services that an Airbnb host could need, be that cleaning, laundry, or check-in and out services. Read More

  • You’re a travel agent! You’re a travel agent! Everyone’s a travel agent!

    You’re a travel agent! You’re a travel agent! Everyone’s a travel agent!

    Amsterdam-based TRVL is aiming to shake up the travel industry by turning you (and that guy, and the lady over there and that chap over there, too) into a travel agent. The platform is a sharing-economy approach to booking travel for your friends and complete and utter strangers. Read More

  • Navigating mobile content with app streaming Crunch Network

    Navigating mobile content with app streaming

    People are very comfortable streaming movies, TV, music, video games and more. However, the idea of streaming apps on mobile devices, for better or worse, has lagged far behind. Increasingly, however, people are becoming sick of downloading apps; they want content and services instantly. App streaming is relatively new, but has the potential to transform how we engage with mobile content. Read More

  • Hopper’s travel app helps you pick the best dates, airports to save more money on your trip

    Hopper’s travel app helps you pick the best dates, airports to save more money on your trip

    Fresh off its $16 million funding round from earlier this spring, popular airfare prediction app Hopper is moving beyond simply helping travelers figure out when to fly in order to snag the best deal. With the launch of Hopper 3.0, out this morning, the app will now also make personalized recommendations regarding how to adjust your trip plans to save more money, as well as point users to… Read More

  • Airfordable lets you pay for travel over time

    Airfordable lets you pay for travel over time

    Flying is expensive. So Airfordable is launching from Y Combinator’s Summer ’16 batch to let you book flights and pay over time before you take off. Here’s how it works: Travelers find their preferred flight online (using any travel site they want) and upload a screenshot with their flight details. Once you are approved, the startup calculates a payment plan (up to 3… Read More

  • Google unveils new features for shopping ads and hotel search

    Google unveils new features for shopping ads and hotel search

    Google is giving more tools to retail and travel businesses hoping to promote themselves through search results and ads. These new features were announced at a New York City press event this morning, and then outlined in an AdWords blog post. On the retail side, changes include a new Showcase Shopping ad format. The company says those ads are designed for broader shopping search terms like… Read More

  • Suiteness wants you to stay in suites instead of regular hotel rooms

    Suiteness wants you to stay in suites instead of regular hotel rooms

    Suites are a weird thing within the hotel industry. While there are hundreds of thousands of suites around the world, most are only occupied about 20 percent of the time and sit empty the rest of the year. Plus, the nicest ones aren’t listed or even available to book on hotel’s websites. Brands are afraid to showcase their unique inventory, and assume that the suites will be filled… Read More

  • Apps for planning your vacation

    It’s 4th of July weekend, and if you’re not off traveling somewhere, hopefully you’re taking a summer trip soon. From Kayak to TripAdvisor, there are plenty of apps that want to help you maximize your vacation planning. We’ve found some others that are worth a mention, too. TechCrunch tested out dozens of travel apps; these are our favorites right now. Hopper Sometimes… Read More

  • Yahoo Radar is a mobile travel guide with a chatbot-like assistant

    Yahoo Radar is a mobile travel guide with a chatbot-like assistant

    Yahoo this morning launched a new travel guide for iOS it’s calling Yahoo Radar. While the app will offer traditional travel companion type features like restaurant recommendations and details on popular attractions, landmarks, and other sights in a given city, the app will be more useful to those who use Yahoo Mail as their primary email client. It also heavily relies on a… Read More

  • Tripstir helps you find friends while you’re traveling

    Tripstir is a new app that helps you share travel plans and tips with your friends. Think of it as a way to avoid those exasperating moments when you come back from a trip and you realize that one of your friends was in the same place at the same time — but you’re only finding out when it’s too late. Basically, you use Tripstir by entering information about upcoming trips. Read More

  • Tesloop offers city-to-city autonomous travel in a Tesla

    Tesloop offers city-to-city autonomous travel in a Tesla

    Travelers in the Southwest have a new all-electric option: long-distance car sharing in a Tesla with Autopilot. The service is called Tesloop, and it currently serves 15 cities in southern California, plus Henderson and Las Vegas in Nevada and Phoenix, Arizona. The idea came to founder Haydn (one name only; probably because he’s still a minor) in May 2015, when he turned 16 and got… Read More

  • Relay is a beautiful app for creating and sharing custom maps

    Relay is a beautiful app for creating and sharing custom maps

    Today’s mapping applications are focused on helping you navigate from one spot to the next, or discovering the businesses around you. But they tend to be utilitarian in nature, and not what anyone would describe as “fun” to use. A new mapping application called Relay changes that. This simple, expertly designed app lets you create custom maps for your upcoming trips, so you… Read More

  • A sneak peek at Google’s upcoming travel app, Trips

    A sneak peek at Google’s upcoming travel app, Trips

    News that Google would soon begin testing a new mobile travel application leaked out last week, and now we have more details, including screenshots, of what that app will look like. The app, called Trips, is being trialed with a small group of testers, and will allow users to keep track of past and upcoming trips, while also making recommendations about tourist destinations, restaurants… Read More

  • Beacon, the all-you-can-fly travel startup, closes shop

    Beacon, the all-you-can-fly travel startup, closes shop

    Another tech startup seeking to transform aviation has closed its doors. Beacon sought to bring an all-you-can-fly option to business and leisure travelers starting on the East coast. The company’s approach was to charge membership fees, handle customers at the gate with a white-glove service and partner with regional aviation businesses to get passengers to their destinations. The… Read More

  • Hopper raises $16 million for a travel app that tells you the best time to fly

    Hopper raises $16 million for a travel app that tells you the best time to fly

    Hopper, the makers of a handy travel application that tells you the best time to fly in order to find the best deals, has now raised additional capital to continue to grow its business. It has also scored a partnership with American Airlines which allows it to sell AA’s tickets through its app. In terms of the new investment, the company announced $16 million in a growth funding… Read More

  • JetSmarter puts a jet in your pocket, and is happy to see you

    JetSmarter puts a jet in your pocket, and is happy to see you

    If traveling first class is just a teensy bit too plebeian for you, JetSmarter has you covered. The company lets you book a private jet from your smartphone, and announced today it is expanding into Europe, with scheduled routes between London, Nice, Paris, Geneva and Moscow. JetSmarter claims it is the fastest-growing private jet company in the world. Read More

  • Polarsteps automates your travel blogging

    Polarsteps automates your travel blogging

    Travel is fun and glamorous and all, but we all know what packing your backpack and heading for the amazon is really about: Making your friends and family a deep shade of jealous green. Amsterdam-based Polarsteps just raised a seed round to help making that easier. The company raised a modest €500,000 ($563k) in seed funding from Silver Point Ventures and TMG last week. Read More

  • Airbnb will open its Cuba listings to users outside the United States

    Airbnb will open its Cuba listings to users outside the United States

    Airbnb will now let travelers from outside the U.S. to book properties in Cuba after receiving authorization from the U.S. government, reports the Associated Press. Previously, only Americans were allowed to reserve the site’s Cuban listings. They will open to international users on April 2. Read More

  • WhaToDo offers last-minute deals on attractions, shows, tours and more

    WhaToDo offers last-minute deals on attractions, shows, tours and more

    There are a number of ways to find a last-minute travel deal, whether that’s from a big-name ticket booking engine like Kayak, or a service that specializes in finding last-minute discounts like HotelTonight or newly launched Overnight. Today, an early player in this space, Last Minute Travel, is bringing that same ability to snag a cheap ticket to another area in the travel space… Read More

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