Top Travel News Stories of 2012
Crowd-Sourcing Got Hotter
The old-fashioned premise that the best tips often come from your friends (or at least kindred spirits) has driven the growth of social travel start-ups, such as Traverie, Trippy, and Jetpac, which let you browse travel photos or build bucket-trip itineraries, based on your established networks on Facebook. But they do a lot more than let you dream. Gogobot—whose user base more than doubled in 2012—lets you book hotels or restaurants by way of Kayak or OpenTable, as well as see which other nights might be cheaper for your chosen hotel, or scope out its neighborhood with Google-powered street views. The Planely app (and similar services created by KLM and Malaysia Airlines) gets even more personal, letting you connect in advance with potential flight seatmates.