Though planning for an upcoming trip can be exciting, the process is also often tedious and tiresome.
It's hard keeping track of all your different reservations and knowing which sources to trust when it comes to travel advice.
Which is why I'm a big fan of TripVerse.
TripVerse is a travel booking platform that relies on user-generated content, guaranteeing an unbiased perspective on the best things to do in your destination of choice.
In addition to being a useful resource for purchasing tickets to popular attractions and organizing your schedule for future trips, it's also a great tool for discovering new activities and seeking out travel inspiration.
They recently completely redesigned their website and app to now include city pages, such as ‘London' and ‘ Barcelona.'
These pages feature itineraries created by other users, as well as a list of the top attractions in that city — all of which can then be booked directly through TripVerse.
Though not every city has this feature yet, it's an exciting update that I think has improved the platform greatly.
In this two-part series, I will be showing you how to use TripVerse to find interesting things to do (most specifically with their new city pages) and then will follow up by walking you through the booking process as I use this platform to buy tickets to the Acropolis Museum in Athens.
Getting Started with TripVerse
Though this step isn't required, I highly recommend signing up to make the most of TripVerse's best features.
Registration is quick and easy. Simply click ‘Sign Up' and enter your email address, a username, and a password.
If you're signing up via the website, you'll have the option to register more quickly by using Facebook instead of choosing login information.
You'll then have an opportunity to fill in your profile details and add any upcoming trips.
How to Plan Your Trip
There are essentially two different ways to tap into TripVerse for travel inspiration: by browsing trips planned by other users and/or by searching the different activities available for purchase in a particular destination.
I found that it was most beneficial to start by reading through the itineraries planned out by other travelers, as this helped me get a general idea of what was on offer and which activities I was most interested in.
The process of finding trips planned by other users was simple.
I began by doing a quick search of ‘London‘ and then selected the duration that was most applicable to me.
From there, I was presented with a range of trips designed by other people, each of which was unique.
After finding one that looked interesting, I clicked through to see their full activity list and a Google map of where each was located.
Flight prices are also included to help give you a better idea of the overall cost of the trip.
For this feature, they use Skyscanner, which has always been my favorite flight-finding resource.
If you find an activity that interests you, click the green ‘+' and it will automatically be added to your trip. Simple as that!
Alternatively, you can also find things to do by looking at the different tours and tickets to attractions sold directly through TripVerse.
Though this feature isn't yet available on the app (or at least I couldn't find it!), it was a great way to see what activities were available for purchase.
This is also a useful tool for directly comparing the cost and ratings of popular tourist attractions.
For example, after reading through reviews of different tours in the UK on TripVerse, I decided that I'd rather spend a bit more and take a tour of Harry Potter Studios than go on a day trip to Stonehenge.
Browsing by Popular Destinations
However, another way to find interesting things to do with TripVerse is by using their new city page feature.
At the top of the homepage, there is a list of ‘Popular Destinations' that you can scroll through.
Click on your city of choice to be brought to a new page that features both a list of user trips, as well as a selection of tours/attractions that you can book on the spot.
In my opinion, this is TripVerse at its best.
The joint feature of user-generated tour itineraries with an online booking platform makes TripVerse unique and incredibly convenient.
How TripVerse Can Be Improved
TripVerse still has room to improve. The city page feature that I mentioned above, for example, is not yet available with the app.
In fact, I couldn't figure out any way to search through or book activities with the app, suggesting that it's still missing a significant feature. However, their city pages are brand new and therefore should be added with time. Below is a screenshot of the app.
Additionally, the search bar can be a bit glitchy at times and doesn’t always yield accurate results.
When I initially searched ‘London,’ I was shown an extensive list of different trips including a UK Road Trip and a 10 Day Family at London Trip. However, when I later searched for ‘road trip’ and ‘London – More Than a Week,’ I was given no results.
Also, because the content is curated by users, it's only as good as its customer base.
From what I saw, there were a lot of great trip ideas available through TripVerse. However, the information that typically accompanies an attraction in a guidebook or on a travel blog was much more sparse here.
You were given basic details about the activity's location, hours of operation, and contact information.
Much more was provided when purchasing a ticket than just browsing a tour idea, but again that feature is not yet available on mobile.
In spite of the areas for improvement, I enjoyed using TripVerse to help plan my trip.
It was fun browsing other people's itineraries to get some inspiration.
Though I didn't come across too many activities that were that far off the beaten path, I think this platform has a lot of potential to help users develop some unique trips in the future.
In Part Two, I will be going over the booking process as I use TripVerse to buy a tour of the Acropolis Museum, so be sure to stick around for a review of that feature!
This review was written in partnership with TripVerse. All opinions are my own.