Hey there, savvy travelers, ready to get a bit more savvy? As of today, Hipmunk will make sure you never miss a meeting due to a flight and will ensure you always stay at the best hotel near your meetings and appointments. No, we’re not psychic, but with mobile calendar integration we’ll help you make the best travel choices.
Now, you’ll be able to hook up your personal, work, and even your friend’s, family’s, and colleague’s calendars into your flight and hotel results.
Here’s how it works:
Conduct your flight search like usual, and notice how your calendar events appear as vertical lines under the flights that conflict. You’ll also see the title of the event at the bottom.
When flights aren’t playing nice with scheduled meetings, we’ll notify you on-screen of the conflict:
If you’re ok with missing some meetings, continue on to book per usual. If not, you can go back and select another non-conflicting flight.
On the hotel side, we also give you the option to show your events. And the cool thing is, we plot them all on the map alongside your hotel results so you can easily visualize hotels in relation to your events and obligations. Your events are shown by a gold flag with the date of the event highlighted:
If you don’t want to rely on public transit and want to walk between meetings, we give you a list of the highest ecstasy hotels as sorted by proximity to an individual event:
While we’re happy to help you fly agony-free and bring ecstasy to your hotel stay, what we don’t do is violate your privacy. We solemnly swear to leave your personal calendar and meeting information exactly where we found it, on your phone! Scouts honor.
Now vamanos, you’ve got flights to catch and meetings to make!
This is a Hipmunk post from Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads
Timed to commemorate World Forest Day last week, Google released a video of its street view cameras on the Rio Negro River. Technically these are not streets, but the waterways are thoroughfares of traffic much like our roads and are an important source of life and transportation in the Amazon.
Google announced the Amazon project last August on its blog, partnering up with the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS), a local non-profit conservation organization. From the August post:
We’ll pedal the Street View trike along the narrow dirt paths of the Amazon villages and maneuver it up close to where civilization meets the rainforest. We’ll also mount it onto a boat to take photographs as the boat floats down the river. The tripod—which is the same system we use to capture imagery of business interiors—will also be used to give you a sense of what it’s like to live and work in places such as an Amazonian community center and school.
The video below, released last week, shows the fascinating results of the project:
The Internet has made thousands of things easier—everything from searching for travel to keeping your calendar. However, no site has made it easy to do both at the same time. Today, we’ve just made this process much simpler.
If you’re a businessperson with lots of meetings, a student with lots of classes, a shift-worker whose hours change day-to-day, or just trying to manage your spouse and children’s hectic schedules, searching for travel has been agonizing. You’re used to toggling between potential flights and the calendars you manage, then double- and triple-checking that you’ll depart and arrive in time for your obligations.
For both hotels and flights, Hipmunk now automatically shows you information from your Google Calendar that’ll help you pick the right trip for you.
Once you’ve signed in, click the button with your email address, and click “preferences.”
Enable the checkbox for Google Calendar integration and click “Save;” then, when you get re-directed to Google, click “Grant access” to give Hipmunk access to your calendar.
Like a lot of us today, you probably have multiple Google Calendars: one for personal engagements, one for business, and one for your alter ego. When searching for either flights or hotels on Hipmunk, you can hide and show specific calendars, or even specific events on your calendar. Just click the “Calendar” button in the upper-right of the window.
If you do travel planning on behalf of your friends, family, or co-workers, you can use Google Calendar to request access to their calendars. If they grant you access, you’ll then be able to see their calendars on your flight and hotel searches as well.
When you run a flight search, you’ll see all your calendar events on the Hipmunk flight timeline as a series of vertical stripes. Each event’s horizontal position reflects what time of day it starts, and its width shows you how long it lasts. If a calendar stripe coincides with a flight bar, you know you’ll have to reschedule the event if you want to take that flight.
If you can’t afford to skip any of your events, click the “No Conflicts” button to instantly hide all conflicting flights.
Next time you run a hotel search, Hipmunk will display all the calendar events on your trip.
Each pin is numbered by how early it occurs on your trip (1 for the first event on your calendar, 2 for the second, etc.). Just by looking, you can see where your travels will take you. And you can easily see which hotels are nearest to which events.
The list on the right side of the map shows you all your events in order. If you’re curious where an event is, just mouse over it, and its pin will catch your eye on the map.
Finally, if you want to find hotels closest to one of your events—say, your first or last event of the day—click to sort by distance.
When you click the text field, you can select one of your events, and all of the hotels will instantly re-sort by proximity to your event.
Now, Hipmunk will automatically display information from your calendars when you run searches—something no other travel site can do.