We are really excited to announce that we have just added our 700th location to Travelindicator.com. Having just added an extra destination (making it 701) we can now say:
'Travelindicator.com inspires & informs travellers on more than 700 destinations!'
We will continually include more locations to make your experience increasingly rewarding. The best part is the more destinations we add the more powerful our highly tuned search features and algorithms are in assisting you pick your next travel destination.
Here are 7 randomly chosen destinations - these were selected by hitting refresh on the home page which shows a different featured destination each time - click on any to go through to the page.
Let us know - via comment or email, any destinations you would like to see added to our database; do a quick search on our website to see if it is already on there and if not we will add it just for you as soon as we can.
Thank you for enjoying our site, we look forward to further serving you with more useful Travel indicators.
Somewhere early on in 2013, I found myself packing up my belongings and preparing for a move from somewhere in Northern Europe to a large city in Southeast Asia. I had been asked to join a financial firm there and was excited about the move from a career perspective, but not only that. What people soon started telling me was "where you are going is a great place to explore the region from, you can do weekend trips to tropical beach island so-and-so and city trips to bustling Asian metropolis this-and-that!"
I was excited indeed. I mean, I knew that I would be working long hours, but my weekends were going to be filled with fun and exploration. And I would be to earn a very smart salary that would definitely allow me to enjoy things to the fullest!
The first weeks went as expected, I was working 60-70 hours a week and in the weekends we were exploring the city we had just moved to. But after a month or so the travel bugs started to itch: where would we travel to? We could now afford to go anywhere, but time was limited. We couldn't choose. We liked beaches, we liked big cities, we liked mountains, culture and history. And although there were easily thousands of locations that would have fit the bill for this description, we simply could not choose. Meticulously investigating every single location became a drag. And some of the larger traveling websites were not of much help. One travel website in particular, which shall remain unnamed, was especially unhelpful in recommending the "Escape Hunt amusement park" as Bangkok's top attraction and "Bali Jet Set Dive and Marine Sports" as Bali's top attraction!
The sections on travel destination suggestions of the same websites also had very little to offer. I am in Asia and want a beach holiday, and the suggestions are Bali, Phuket, Koh Samui and Boracay. Really? I could have worked those out myself...
It was at this stage that I decided there had to be a better way to go about this. Combining my lust for travel with the technical skills that I had been gradually picking up as part of my work, I decided to get started on a website that essentially offered the following:
- Travel suggestions based on YOUR highly specific desired holiday mix. You might want to go to a beach island that is remote, or you might want to go to a city with great beaches in front of it. You might want to visit small historical towns next to a river, or you might want to go to big cities with great nightlife. Travel Indicator will help you identify these places.
- To give you the bare basics about that location, i.e. only what matters. I don't believe that when exploring potential holiday destinations, seeing that "Bali Jet Set Dive and Marine Sports" is the top attraction is particularly helpful. Hence this website goes about it differently and keeps it short. Pick your locations here, and investigate elsewhere.
These are the main drivers behind Travel Indicator. After contemplating further, I added two more things to the mix:
- Distance. If you are located in Europe, the beaches of Micronesia might be appealing, but those in the south of France are probably easier to be reached. Travel Indicator allows you to filter on distance to only give you the most relevant locations. We leave it up to you whether you want to scan the globe, or you want to scan in a circle of 500 miles or kilometers around you.
- Weather. Have you ever considered taking a beach holiday in Tioman Island, Malaysia? In that case it might have been of interest to know that rainfall there in December is 6 times as high as in June. You might therefore want to plan your trip in the middle of the year if you want to avoid sitting next to the beach during intensive downpours. Similarly, if you are feeling adventurous and travelling to Tatarstan in Russia, it might be of interest to know that the summer months are pleasant at an average maximum temperature of 21 degrees Celsius (70 degrees Fahrenheit), while the winter months are extremely cold at average maximum temperatures of -17 degrees Celsius (1 degree Fahrenheit!).
That's Travelindicator in a nutshell. Your feedback is very much appreciated, so please reach out to us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Probably the coolest travel tool on the planet
At least that is what we are determined to build! Travelindicator is a travel website that likes to put you in total control of discovering new travel destinations, but at the same time make the process as effortless as possible.
We recognise that in today's high-pressure world, holidays are valuable and need to be spent in the best possible way. But we also know that you may not always have access to in-the-know friends or acquaintances that are able to give them the low-down on the latest travel discoveries and must-see places. And those that don't probably won't want to spend weeks flipping through pages of thick travel guides to be able to figure out what destinations might actually suit their holiday plans. Enter the room: Travelindicator.
Interactive and data-driven: a travel agency-light
We take an interactive and data-driven approach to generating travel ideas. While the rest of the travel world is still writing extensive travel guides that go into minute detail of travel destinations you had already chosen to travel to anyway, our travel idea generator is all about letting you discover new ones and giving you just a quick yet information-rich review of what each has to offer.
We classify travel destinations according to 23 themes which range from the natural (beaches, mountains or desert) to atmosphere (exciting, romantic, adventure, and so on). Our users rate destinations based on these themes, so you can find places more easily and see how the stack up on the attributes that you care about. Want a romantic getaway but don't want to be bored, just want to get away from the busy world and chill out with some nature and paradise or maybe this trip you just want adventure - chuck it in the criteria and off you go!
By bringing all of these puzzle pieces together, our algorithm is able to build a precise destination profile which in turn allows users to discover it by filtering through our database.
Combined with other bits of information like location (and distance to you), altitude, temperature and rainfall we can give you a set of highly specific travel destinations that may match the kind of holiday you are looking for.
Always honest and to the point
Perhaps this can be attributed to the founders of Travelindicator being Australian and Dutch, but we honestly don't like to mince our words.
We are not really in the business of pushing travel destinations at our users, and if we don't like a destination we will tell you so loudly and clearly. At the same time, we like to keep it short and sweet as well. If you want intricate details of which restaurants in what streets to check out, you are probably better off elsewhere (we link to other travel resources to help you a bit at the end of each review). We are just here to give you the basics.
Lovers of hashtags
Also we kinda love tags #hashtag-this & #hashtag-that: this makes it super easy for you to find what you're looking for - so you can always take a look at say, every #Beach we have ever covered or every must see #UNESCO site or as above, I just want #Adventure. Then as you can do with any list we propagate for you, filter it down, shift higher on more important items and lower on lesser ones - leaving you with a nice selection of places that might be worth you checking out on your next trip.
We know of no other place you can get all this along with an honest overview of a destination in one place anywhere else on the web and it's all there for you to use as you wish - for free, forever, enjoy!
An ever-growing database of destinations
None of what we are trying to do here would work if we weren't able to offer you a wide variety of travel destinations across continents, countries, regions, themes and tags. We are hard at work to add additional ones on nearly a daily basis.
Cheers from the team at Travelindicator.com!