Traveling offers a chance to experience something new while decompressing from a hectic, professional schedule.
While it's never been easier to book a trip than it is today, that doesn't mean it's entirely seamless. Whether you're looking for help managing logistics or travel advice about a particular area, here are seven LA-based travel tech companies designed with wanderers in mind.
After spending hours in airports and airplanes, your number one priority is getting to the hotel and decompressing for a little bit. But before you can relax, you've got to wait for checked bags and find your way to the car rental facility to check out a car — which always seem to take more time than they should. Enter Skurt: the on-demand car rental service that brings the car to you. With no fees for underage users or gas usage, Skurt is all about speed and convenience. When traveling abroad, nothing is better than that.
Whether you're looking for a destination off the beaten path or a advice about a particular restaurant in town, it can be hard to get travel tips if you're not speaking directly with someone who knows the lay of the land. Trippy is a community of travel enthusiasts who have banded together to help each other travel more efficiently.
Travo measures time, distance and cost to give users an itinerary that comes complete with flight, hotel and transportation options. The app is perfect for business travelers with a limited amount of free time and a ton of logistics to manage.
Booking a trip for one person alone can be trying, but organizing and booking a trip abroad for several people can test even the most patient of souls. At some point, it might make more sense to call in the experts. TripScope connects users with travel agents via a nifty app that makes managing destinations, hotels, rental cars and restaurants as simple as following a to-do list.
Want to get away? In the age of crippling student loan debt and startup hours, a vacation sounds like it a great idea but isn't always feasible. Unlike many travel booking sites, Wherefor operates under an established budget, allowing users to enter the amount of money they're willing to pay for their vacation. Wherefor takes it from there.
Airmule offers an interesting way of transporting objects overseas. Users can volunteer to deliver (legal) objects to wherever they're headed for a fee, while those looking to get something from point A to point B without the hassle of international delivery services have a new, simpler option in Airmule's users.
Some of the most meaningful travel experiences happen with the help of locals, and that often means booking a tour of the region. The problem is, many local tours don't have a presence beyond their hometown. Travoom help tour operators create an online presence — in turn helping travelers have the best vacation experience possible.
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