One of our favorite hidden features at Travelindicator is the weather overview for all your saved destinations in myTI. Once you have registered an account with us and saved some places as must-see, should-see or might-see destinations, you get to see the weather prediction over the next two weeks for all of those saved destinations in one handy overview.
When we say weather prediction, what we really mean is the interval of the maximum temperature in a given destination over the next two weeks. So if the lowest predicted maximum temperature is 18℃ and the highest is 25℃, we will tell you that you can expect the temperature to fall anywhere in between those.
So how does that look like? Well, like this:
Travel Indicator has quite a bit of functionality under the hood that may not be immediately obvious to all of our users who are just starting to use the website. One of those functions we would like to highlight today is the ability to search and filter down the hundreds of holiday destinations that we cover on their weather.
Simply put, if you are looking for a summer travel destination and want to avoid places with too much rain or lower temperatures, you can filter those out. Or if you are looking for warmer weather in winter or colder weather in summer, or cold destinations in winter with a high chance of precipitation... you get the idea.
Better yet, all of this can be combined with the regular searches on themes. So if you are looking for a mountainous destination in a remote area, but you want to have a good chance of warm weather, Travel Indicator enables you to do so. Finally, besides historical temperatures we also show you the current 14 day weather outlook for every destination. We download the maximum temperatures for the next 2 weeks and show you the range of them below every destination. In summary it looks something like this:
Remember that filtering down on expected temperature and rainfall works in combination with the selected months of your search. If you search in August, we will combine it with the data for August. Change your search to December and that is what you get.
I have been busy in the past weeks - in preparation for taking a while off as I am about to become a father! - and have added 3 new features to Travelindicator that I believe will be very useful to our users going forward. They are: weather forecast, altitude and percentage price changes. Let me explain how they work and what their use is.
Weather forecast - Right from the start we have incorporated historical average temperatures and precipitation for every month of the year and every location. That gives a pretty solid idea of what the weather should be like when booking a long-term holiday, however for the shorter term it does not really suffice. Using data from openweathermap.org we now source expected maximum temperatures for the coming 14 days for every location. We take the lowest and highest (maximum) temperatures in the range and show you that in the results overview. You can also sort any page with results by forecast 14 day temperatures from low to high and vice versa.
Altitude - Not entirely sure how useful this will be, but it completed our static information for each location. In the results overview we now show you the altitude for every location, and needless to say you can filter on altitudes low to high or high to low. Apparently the highest places we currently incorporate are Mont Blanc, La Paz and Uyuni.
% price changes - As you know we source average hotel rates from Expedia on daily basis. As we store these prices, we thought it might be useful to give you an indication of how far above or below average a currently stated rate is. You can see these on the location pages below the nightly hotel rate. This for instance tells us that - as of writing - Madrid is 16% above its historical average rate. Do note that the averages are calculated from the moment we start incorporating them in the database. For most of the locations this will be about half a year to a few months.