Traveling? Track Every Step Of Your Trip In One Simple App

What if you could organize each aspect of a trip—from your flight, to your hotel, to the weather—in a single app? "RoundTrip" is a concept by Intuitive Company that visualizes just that.

As a part of our Terminal Velocity series, we asked several designers how they would improve upon the experience of traveling. Here, ergonomics expert Rob Tannen worked with fellow designers Kyle Cook, Andrew Harvard, and Evan Wendel of Intuitive Company on a concept for a new travel app.—Eds

The worst thing about air travel is not knowing. Is my flight delayed? What’s the weather going to be like when I arrive? A proliferation of apps has addressed many of these concerns, but in a siloed manner—one app for your flight information, another for the weather, still another for your hotel. Travelers are forced to app-hop as they go from task to task.

Other tools have taken this a step further by consolidating various pieces of your itinerary into a single place, but they still communicate information in traditional formats—like lists and notifications—that require the user to mentally keep track of each separate action.

RoundTrip is a concept that consolidates all of the disparate pieces of information around travel and visualizes them as a continuous flow from point of departure to destination and back again. The entire travel plan is presented with key events (flights, appointments, budgets, etc.) that dynamically update as the trip progresses. The user can drill down into details and actions for each event as needed.

This meta-app breaks a trip down into a sequence of tasks—from packing, getting to the airport, checking in, waiting (lots of that), getting to the hotel, etc. The app pulls in a range of data—from weather, traffic, and flight delays— as well as services—such as taxi, airline, hotel, and restaurant reservations—to present the user with the right information at the right time. For instance, RoundTrip would:

  • Alert you to weather changes and give recommendations on what to pack.
  • Update an alarm to get you to the airport on time based on weather, traffic, and flight conditions.
  • Give guidance on the best route to the airport, and then once in the airport, to the right gate.
  • Estimate time to get through check-in based on the class of your ticket and real-time data from other users.
  • Present an option to call a car service once you have landed.

While each of these functions exists now, they are in separate apps that lack an integrated intelligence to support actions like changing a restaurant reservation because your taxi is stuck in traffic.

By thoughtfully integrating data points into actionable information, the traveler is informed and assisted at every leg of the journey. For more in our Terminal Velocity series, go here.

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  • Rob Tannen

    Great feedback - yes, functionally it would do many of the same things as TripIt, with the big differentiator being the visualization of information that is lacking in typical travel tools. Most tools tend to treat travel as a series of discrete events rather than a continuous, connected experience.

  • Jillian Harrington

    Don't know if this is in the plans, but would be great if it hooked in to several things in the destination city - calendar of events (for opportunities of festivals, or concerts, or whatnot), yelp (or something like it ) for highest ranked restaurants/etc, and popular sites in destination city. I used to host travelers through airbnb (which would also be a great app to include in this meta-app), and "what to do" was the biggest question.

  • biblthmp

    I am searching through the Google play store, and can't find it. Is this Apple only? Android users are people too.


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  • Marc Bolick

    I have a soft spot for travel apps, having spent a number of years in the online and mobile travel business, and being a frequent traveler. I'm also a sucker for good design. This 'concept' should be developed, it sounds like a true travel companion and (at least from the one screen mockup shown) looks like an intuitive and utilitarian design.