January 19, 2011

Kukunu – Effortless Vacation Planning

Kukunu is a collaborative trip-planning tool that lets people create detailed itineraries online. The application offers all the calendars, planning, and scheduling features that a traveler could ever need to manage the information overload associated with planning a major trip. But of course, Kukunu doesn’t stop there. The team behind this innovative web-app has also created ways for users to share their vacation plans and collaborate with friends and co-travelers in a meaningful way.

When the inspiration strikes and you think of a destination you’d like to visit, just sign on to Kukunu and get started planning your dream vacation right away. When you use Kukunu, you don’t have to wait for your travel agent to open his doors at 8 a.m. before you can start booking plane tickets and making hotel reservations. The application has partnered with hundreds of thousands of hotels, restaurants, and landmarks worldwide to make it super simple for users to price out their plans and make actual reservations at any time, day or night. Once you know where you’re going and when you plan to go, you’ll want to invite any buddies who will be coming along on the trip. Collaborators can view the plans you’ve already made and make adjustments based on what the whole group wants to do.

With Kukunu, you really can do it all. Not only can you organize group schedules and calendars, but you can also get ideas from fellow travelers on what to eat, see, and do in exotic locales around the world. By tapping into the collective wisdom – and utilizing other social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter when looking for vacation ideas and recommendations – Kukunu has become an extremely useful web-app for every traveler to have in his toolbox.

Practical Uses:

  • Plan a month-long backpacking trip in Chile
  • Get recommendations on where to eat in Paris
  • Book a trip to Rome as soon as the inspiration strikes
  • Collaborate with co-travelers to build an itinerary that everyone is happy with

Insider Tips:

  • Hotel bookings can be made directly through the Kukunu site
  • Kukunu has partnered with thousands of hotels, restaurants and landmarks that offer great deals to users
  • Conversations between co-travelers can be saved and stored on the site
  • Kukunu also offers Facebook apps for people who want hotel recommendations from friends

What we liked:

  • Recommendations are based on the experiences of real people on Twitter and Facebook
  • Links, notes, and random ideas won’t get lost in the shuffle if they’re saved online
  • Itineraries are flexible, and they can be changed or adjusted at any time
  • Kukunu makes it easy for groups of friends to plan adventures and outings

What we didn’t like:

  • Because Kukunu offers so many features, navigating the site can sometimes be confusing


Company Info:

  • Launched: July 2010
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: London, England
  • Founded by: Itamar Lesuisse and Gerald Goldstein
  • Web site:


  • Free


  1. Hambone

    I think that travelstormer – that I learned about here as well – is a closer alternative than some you’ve cited re. Kukunu.

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