July 10, 2010

Travelstormer – Plan Your Next Group Outing

Travelstormer is an application that aims to make planning group adventures easier for everyone involved. From brainstorming trip ideas to organizing flights, tracking expenses, and tracking the tasks that each group member is expected to complete, Travelstormer can help plan a trip from A to Z. More than just a basic trip planner or vacation organizer, though, Travelstormer can actually make putting together a big adventure fun for everyone involved thanks to its integration with numerous social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

Before you and your friends can start planning your trip, you’ll have to decide where you want to go. To figure that out, use Travelstormer’s brainstorming tool to solicit advice on destination ideas from your friends on Facebook and Twitter, as well as everyone you’ve invited to participate in your group on the Travelstormer site. Anyone who’s been authorized to participate can type in ideas about where to go and attach links for additional information. You can “Like” or “Dislike” anyone’s ideas, and then vote on which destination to choose. Once you’ve chosen a destination, you’ll have to book flights. Travelstormer keeps the flight information for every member of your group saved in one centralized location that’s easy to access at a moment’s notice. It also updates the information on a group calendar automatically, without any additional work on your part.

One of the trickiest parts of any group outing is divvying up the money, which is why Travelstormer offers extensive expense tracking features that let you add purchases and specify how many ways each purchase needs to be split. The application also offers an internal messaging system that lets people send comments privately or to the group as a whole, and a task feature that assigns specific tasks—such as reserving the hotel or printing out maps—to specific group members. For anyone who’s planning on going on a group trip this summer, Travelstormer is an application that shouldn’t be missed.

Practical Uses:

  • Eliminate the need for lengthy group emails when planning an upcoming trip
  • Save flight information for everyone in your group in one place
  • Input expenses into the application and let it automatically divvy up costs between each member of the group
  • Assign tasks to all of your friends to get everyone involved in the planning process

Insider Tips:

  • Make your trip page public or private
  • Vote on each other’s trip ideas and democratically choose the vacation destination
  • Check off tasks as they are completed
  • Use the internal messaging system to send group messages, or private messages to individual group members

What we liked:

  • Flight information is automatically updated on the group calendar
  • The voting feature makes it easy to make group decisions
  • Integrate with your Facebook account to seek trip advice from online friends
  • Expenses feature lets you input purchases and repayment amounts

What we didn’t like:

  • Many cool features, such as PayPal integration for expenses, haven’t yet been implemented


Company Info:

  • Launched: July 2010
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: London, England
  • Founded by: George Coltart and Colin Armstrong
  • Web site:


  • Free


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