travel

  • What it’s like using travel startup Journy

    What it’s like using travel startup Journy

    You may remember that time I decided to do whatever startup Journy told me to do during my trip to Berlin with my mom. Well, I mostly stuck to that plan and we had a really good time. Here’s a quick recap. Journy is designed to function somewhere in between a high-end travel service and a DIY approach to jetsetting. For $25 a day, Journy will act as your personal concierge for your… Read More

  • Lonely Planet launches an Instagram-like Trips app

    Lonely Planet launches an Instagram-like Trips app

    Lonely Planet has a new app for travel enthusiasts. Called Trips, the app uses an Instagram-like design populated with beautiful images of far away places. Much like Lonely Planet’s website, the idea behind Trips is to offer travelers an easy way to share their experiences and discover new areas of the world — this time on their smartphones. Read More

  • WanderJaunt wants to make a brand for itself on Airbnb with $2M in seed funding

    WanderJaunt wants to make a brand for itself on Airbnb with $2M in seed funding

    When WanderJaunt co-founder Michael Chen told me he wanted to build a hotel chain, like the Westin, from the ground up on Airbnb, I wasn’t sure what to think. There are already dozens of property management startups for short-term rentals. And besides, isn’t the commercial dominance and economic power of hotel groups half the reason people use Airbnb in the first place? Read More

  • Wyndham buys Love Home Swap for $53M

    Wyndham buys Love Home Swap for $53M

    Large hotel chains are feeling the heat from Airbnb and other startups building digital marketplaces for travelers. And that is leading some of them to make acquisitions. RCI, a division of the Wyndham Hotel Group, has acquired Love Home Swap, a startup out of London that lets people book time to stay in other people’s homes and list their properties for people to book. Read More

  • I’m going to do exactly what this travel startup tells me to do

    I’m going to do exactly what this travel startup tells me to do

    I’m gearing up for another trip, but instead of taking a sleep pod bus, I’m flying (like a normal person) to Berlin. I’m going with my mom, who has never been out of the country, so I want to make sure it’s a good trip. That’s where Journy, founded by Leiti Hsu and Susan Ho, comes in. Journy is essentially a travel startup for millennials that is designed to… Read More

  • Expedia invests $350M in Traveloka to create Southeast Asia’s newest unicorn

    Expedia invests $350M in Traveloka to create Southeast Asia’s newest unicorn

    Expedia is deepening its focus on Southeast Asia after it invested $350 million in Traveloka, an online travel portal based out of Indonesia. A source close to the deal confirmed that the investment values Traveloka at more than $1 billion. That means the startup has joined the likes of Grab, Sea (formerly Garena), Go-Jek and Lazada in the region’s unicorn club. Expedia said it has picked… Read More

  • HotelTonight now lets you upgrade to a suite for 50% off

    HotelTonight now lets you upgrade to a suite for 50% off

    Hotel Tonight just launched a new feature that lets users upgrade to suites on the cheap. If available, the option will pop up during checkout, and will always cost less than 50% of the standard upgrade rate. And at first glance prices in the app seem pretty affordable — some hotels are offering upgrades for less than $50, with only a few hotels pricing upgrades in the hundreds. Read More

  • SnapTravel raises $8 million for a hotel booking service that works over chat

    SnapTravel raises $8 million for a hotel booking service that works over chat

    Chatbots – automated bots that let you interact with a service or brand via messaging apps or SMS – haven’t yet become breakout hits, as a group. But that hasn’t stopped investors from pouring in $8 million into a hotel booking startup called SnapTravel, which lets users find and book rooms via SMS texts and Facebook Messenger. The $8 million Series A round was led… Read More