Saturday, January 8, 2011

Wanderfly: The Technical Way of Closing your Eyes and Pointing on a Map

Yes, I am a Sagittarius Woman:

You have a hunger to experience life to it fullest- to travel, meet interesting people, and see things you've never seen before

I really like to travel, I wish I had all the money and all the time in the world to just have a limitless vacation once a month. My family lives in Long Island, and I love Manhattan more than any other place in the entire world, it is always my go-to vacation spot. But, I feel like I am cheating myself by not seeing the world and playing it safe. Last year, we decided we were not going to go to the Big Apple and did some historic romping in Washington DC. But that is still playing it pretty safe. I have always envy someone who can close her eyes and point on a map and plans her trip.

Today I came across a new website called Wanderfly and I think I have found a very good match to my whimsical nature to travel. Instead of assisting in booking a trip to a certain place, Wanderfly offers new parameters to travel: When and How Much. Sure you can get a little more specific as far as what sort of trip you would like to plan (snow, beach, spa, etc.) but I left it unchecked to see where it could take me.

I chose:

  • Leaving From Daytona Beach, FL (which I was testing because it is commonly more expensive to fly from here, instead of Orlando)
  • Wanting to Travel in Mid May because its a nice time of year for 5 days and
  • I thought $600 per person was a good choice for an average trip.

I left the I want to travel anywhere intact because its like spinning a wheel, isn't it?

The site is very colorful and has cute quotes when you are waiting for the results to come in. When I first pressed send, I thought that they only gave me one option. When I looked closer and I saw that they had actually gave me 14 choices!

My Options:
Santa Ynez, CA
Black Diamond, WA
Natchez, MS
Carefree, AZ
Prestwick, UK
Twin Falls, Idaho
Fort Worth, TX
Stanley, VA
Bremerton, WA
Windsor, CA
Bar Harbor, Maine
Fortuna, Costa Rica
Kinsale, Ireland
Gotha, Germany


As you click along, you get a description of the city, the weather, news (via Twitter) and some coming soon features. I would imagine the friends feature would show you who has been there from your Facebook friends. This is heaven for a girl like me because it really gives me really interesting options I would have never thought of to research. As one girl on Facebook commented, what a great way to spend a boring day at work as you plan your next trip! I look forward to seeing how they progress! I am in love!

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