TripinView is a new Greek start-up which calls itself the world's first visual travel website. They recently held a press event in Athens, and invited members of Travel Bloggers Greece to attend. Read on to find out what I thought, and how you too can “Discover the Explorer in You”…
TripInView Press Event
Since moving to Athens, one of the things I have enjoyed most, is being able to help support Greek tourism and Greek start-up companies. I love positivity and creativity, and there is plenty of it in Greece if you look! I experienced this once again at a recent press event held by TripInView. This is a new Greek start-up company, who have put a lot of time, effort, and money into a great looking website.
The basic concept of the website, is to enable people to plan their trips to the Mediterranean visually. Want to check out a section of Greek coastline to see what the beaches such as Red Beach Santorini look like? Would you like to see centuries old Venetian castles like Methoni castle from the air? Do you want to see the path you might follow if you walk from Fira to Oia in Santorini? Would you like to see the layout of a marina you might want to sail into? TripInView lets you do this, and much, much more. Think something along the lines of Google Earth (but faster and with video), combined with a hotel booking site and you might get close to describing it. Actually, not really, this probably does it a disservice. It is a very useful and intuitive tool to help you plan a trip to the coastal regions of the Mediterranean.
It does this by combining thousands of photos and hundreds of hours of video taken by helicopter. As a user, you can then zoom in and out of locations, play videos, look at local accommodation, and find out about the weather. This way, you can plan your own trip, based on what you see. I'm sure that like me, you have read hotel descriptions which read ‘100 metres from the sea', only to arrive and realise someone has been economical with the truth? Using this website, you can focus on the area, and see for yourself how far the hotel is away from the sea. You can also take a look at the hotel from the air, and check out the surrounding area. All in all it is a pretty impressive resource.
How does this differ from other websites? Well, you should really see for yourself (visit here – www.tripinview.com). The main things though, are the stunning videos and photos. If you want to take your vacation research to the next level, this is the way to do it! On a personal note, I will be using Tripinview as part of the planning process for my cycling trip from Greece to England, as part of my route follows the Greek west coast. More about that in future blog posts though!