Monthly Archives: February 2013

Rome2rio is not a book review site!

We don’t usually do book reviews on the Rome2rio blog, but in this case we’re making an exception.

Vacation Rules, released today and co-written by Rome2rio’s CEO (that would be me) and Dr. Sebastian Filep, is an exploration of the psychology of travel: what makes for a happy vacation, and how you can achieve greater happiness and well-being through the vacation process.

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Only vaguely relevant, but good all the same!

 

Vacation Rules is based on the PERMA model of positive psychology, and proposes 36 “rules” to assist its readers plan and enjoy their vacations better. It suggests that rather than concentrating on the mechanics of travel—who we fly with, where we stay, which car we rent, which tour we take—we should first consider exactly why we want to go on vacation, what our current state of mind is, who we are traveling with, how we manage expectations and interruptions, and other issues of a strategic nature.

Sadly, only one of the 36 rules could be considered even vaguely relevant to Rome2rio! Here’s an excerpt:

Rule 18: Consider the train.

People used to look forward to their journey, not just their destination. Nowadays that’s not so common, as airport security measures, crowded flights, and the lean service offerings of low-cost carriers have all combined to make air travel something that’s often endured rather than enjoyed.

None of those things are likely to change anytime soon. Unless you’re prepared to shell out for a business or first class seat, your experience flying may not be anything to write home about. 

In many parts of the world, you can always consider the train. You may find that traveling through the countryside, rather than over it, is more to your liking, and that the journey itself has something wonderful to offer, well before you reach your destination.

For more information and how to buy Vacation Rulesvisit the website.

 

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Free access and Auto Sign-up Announced

Today we announced new access options that will allow many travel sites to integrate our travel search engine without charge. The Basic Access option allows up to 100,000 search requests per month, and is available to partners using either the API or White Label integrations.

Our goal is to push the broadest possible adoption of multi-modal search. We’re hoping to help travel sites transition away from first-generation search, where only flight results are returned, over to second-generation search, where flight, rail and other transport options are all displayed. Any site that’s serious about selling travel in Europe and Asia has to offer multi-modal search sooner or later, and we’re looking to make the transition as easy as possible. 


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New partners can sign-up in less than a minute.

We’ve also introduced an automated sign-up facility, which addresses the administrative burden associated with managing new partners. Interest in the platform has been high since the new year, with enquiries running at two to three per day. With the free access announcement we expect sign-ups to increase significantly, so availability of an auto sign-up was brought forward to be concurrent with today’s release.

We also announced details of our Commercial Access option. This option will appeal to sites and apps with higher volumes and needing the certainty of an SLA and 24/7 support for their integration. Check out the site for more details of both options.