Gone are the times when arranging an own trip became more of a challenge for people. Owing to technology escalation, it has now turned to be a smooth ride as the world has become more tiny and reachable for all of us.

Today everything, be it a place you want to visit, a hotel to stay in, any food to taste is just at a distance of a few taps on your smartphone. There are myriad of mobile apps to meet your all types of trips and travelling needs.

Sounds great, doesn’t it? The travel planner apps have made things a lot easier, for instance you can view the entire itinerary at just one location. All that needs to be done is forwarding travel planning details to your friends and the app creates a master schedule for each of your journeys that can be accessed anytime, anywhere and thus the entrepreneurs are diverting towards investing in the niche.

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Many benefits:

  • Create travel plans instantly. These apps import itinerary from Gmail, Yahoo mail inbox, thus no need to forward verification emails.
  • It consists of maps and owning instructions to the next location.
  • Apps can be synced with calendar, thus travel plans appear together with other meetings, conferences, etc.
  • Easy to share strategies or the entire travel plan with just anybody.
  • Apps send various tips and real-time flight signals so it’s easier to stay one action ahead. Also, it assists in discovering an alternate flight as well.

No wonder more and more travel businesses are looking to create an excellent & sophisticated travel planner app, so let’s find here what it takes to integrate a travel planner mobile app with the best features.

Travel App Framework

Customer Panel

Sign up/Login

This is a first page where the user lands on. Next, they can register into the app by creating a new account or with the email ID or social networking credentials.

Make Request for Holiday Package

Going by their interest, users can choose holiday packages, specify desired location and number of days. This way they can get an idea about best packages that meet their requirements.

Book a Deal

Once the user has identified all details, like the number of destinations s/he is willing to cover, travel bookings, and hotel reservation, a deal can be availed.

Ask for customized package

In case the user is not happy with a particular package, they can make a request for a customized package. But they might have to pay a little extra as they are allowed to create their own holiday packages.

Book Accommodation

Hotels can be booked by users within the package; however, in case they desire to look for other accommodation options, they can book the hotel individually as well.

Book a Cab

The users can book a cab within the app for visiting the renowned sights. Hence, exploring the city gets easy and convenient.

Opt for a Guide

From here the users can choose right guides. They can find their names, contact information & pricing everything and can accordingly book them in order to explore new locations.

Tracking & Navigation

In-built tracking & navigation feature enable users to locate most optimized path as well as it displays various landmarks thus ensuring safety and security.

Travel Agent Panel

Store &Manage Packages

All packages offered by travel agents as well as the ones booked by users are managed & stored in this section.

List destinations

This section displays the nearby destinations as per the user’s physical location, along with their special features and graphic images.

Accept Booking

Here in this section the travel agent accepts and stores all the bookings made by users along with cost incurred.

Modify Packages and price

Packages displayed along with prices can be changed/modified by travel agents according to market trends and travel fares.

Manage Payments

In this section, the travel agents can track and monitor all the payments made through online/cash mode.

Manage resort/hotel & flight bookings

As per the user search criterion, all of the corresponding & relevant hotels/resorts and flight details are displayed here.

Reports & Analytics

Reports regarding search requests, number of bookings, associated visitors, flight & hotel bookings, availed domestic and international deals, and more, are generated here in order to capture overall revenues.

Admin Panel

Manage Requests

In this section, all the requests and searches are managed and monitored by admin.

Managing advertising & promotions

This is the section from where the Admin manages Advertisement & promotional content and all related content that runs on social media.

Manage Users

This section allows admin to manage the users that are linked to the app and are availing the services.

Manage Travel agents

This is the section where all travel agents & service providers registered with your app are managed and the solutions delivered are also recorded.

Besides these prominent features, there are few more like In-app calling, world clock, translator, currency converter, spot services, weather forecasting and utility finder. These are incorporated into travel planning apps in order to meet the increasing user needs & preferences.

Here find out few additional features that are necessary to create a superior-quality travel mobile app:

Filtered search

As it comes to organizing a trip or to provide the complete list of holiday packages, this feature proves quite helpful in offering exact packages to users they are looking for.  Mostly the search is initiated based on user’s lifestyle, desired holiday location and facilities they’re looking for. So, accordingly, the apt packages are displayed. Like, there could be categories, such as trekking trips, summer vacations, resort trips, etc.

Plan as per your travel needs

An excellent travel planner app offers features that enable users to find destinations, book & capture e-tickets along with offline access, QR code scanning, and a lot more. One such prominent app which enables users to manage e-ticket is Tripit.

Maintain a travel diary

Many of traveller communities love sharing experiences about locations they visited. Like, many are having their own blogs, so creating an app consisting of diary maintaining feature plays a remarkable role in enhancing app visibility. You can make your app a big hit on the app store by integrating features like upload photo, audio files, videos etc into the mobile app.

GPS (Geo Location Positioning)

For most of them, travelling is about discovering unknown places and eventually all of them don’t necessarily have idea about locations. So, here GPS comes as a major rescue. Most users depend on maps & navigation tools to find their destinations. Integrate Google Maps & Apple Maps into the app, so it gets easier for the users to track locations.

Location-based solutions

A feature-rich travel app enables users to even find places which are not part of tourism. Hence, ensure that your app displays some destinations like food joints, local market, Wi-fi finder, restroom, nearby petrol pumps, etc. Renowned apps offering these features are Trip Advisor and Yelp.

Search via Holiday destinations

Often the users are in dilemma about choosing their holiday destination. So, the app can offer them a list of prominent holiday destinations so they can pick accordingly. This way they get to select right places and can plan holidays as per their interest.

Create & save Wishlist

A number of people go through packages while sitting idle or when some offers are running. Often they save details of packages for future use so to avail them when needed. This way, the search process turns hassle-free & enables the visitors to browse their searches whenever required, without the need to spend time looking for packages on other websites.

Share on Social Media

This is one feature most enjoyed by the tech-savvy users. They like to share pictures and stories on social media, hence integrating this feature will certainly add to their travelling experience. They may also choose to share their wish-list with other their friends on social networking sites.

Technology Stack

To create a best-in-class travel planning app, one needs sound and latest technological stack. An app which delivers optimized performance criteria and adheres to superior quality standards surely grabs a seat ahead among the competitors. So, it is advised to execute extensive technical research in order to create a feature-rich travel planning app.

  • User Interface & Experience (UX UI): CSS3, Bootstrap, JavaScript, AngularJS, Ruby, Python, Django, Swift
  • Cloud Environment: Amazon Data servers, Google Cloud Storage
  • Real-time Analytics: BigData, Google Analytics
  • SMS, Voice & Phone Verification: Facebook SDK, Google sign-in
  • Database: MongoDB, HBase, Cassandra, Postgres, MySQL
  • Real-time Analytics: Google Analytics, Flurry, Mixpanel, Localytics, Pre-emptive

Estimated Cost to develop a Travel Planner Mobile App

As it comes to the cost of developing this kind of app, most of the companies charges on per hour basis. In case of Android, it takes somewhere around 500-600 hours to develop an app, while for iOS, it takes around 500 hours. Now the companies located in the USA charge $70-$100 per hour, whereas Indian firms charge around $25, which is certainly a lot more effective when compared to current market rates. Hence, a travel planner app is certain to cost around $12,000 to $30,000 on an average.