Travel planning apps are a great help for travelers as they make it easy for users to plan out all stages of their travel plan. Good apps allow users to book their flights, change existing reservations, and have their travel itineraries at their fingertips. This has become the bare minimum expected from a travel planning app.
From choosing the hotel options to planning car rentals, and pickups,and planning stay duration according to where you are visiting. Users use travel planning apps to set out each step of their travel plan and share it with their co-travelers.
Whatever the type of app you design, I believe that it should solve common problems that travelers face and do it well! Key pain points for most users are comprehensive search options, filters, listings, and sharing.
Ease of use is a core feature that keeps users coming back to any app. Shareability is also important. It is also important to have up-to-date and cohesive data that covers all travel-related info like flight schedules, hotel and Airbnb listings, and other information about any destination.
Travel Planning App Development Process
Stage 1: Conceptualize and Create a Wish List
Stage 2: Pick a Developer and Roll out Process
Stage 3: Work Out Details
Stage 4: Develop and Test the App
Stage 5: Release
Now that you know what the core features should be, it is time to go about developing your travel app.
Conceptualize and Create a Wish List
Come up with travel planning app offerings that meet specific traveler needs or pain points. Study existing apps in your targeted niche, check their reviews, and see where they lack. Design your app so that it addresses these issues.
Pick a Developer and Roll out Process
Now you must decide on a development company or an individual developer based on your budget, and their experience, expertise, relevant industry knowledge, and track record. Once you select a developer, you must communicate clearly and use project management tools if needed to manage the development process.
Work Out Details
I believe this is where the reality check comes in. Some offerings in your final ideal app are usually cut out here as user research and practicality can eliminate some of the aspirations you have for your app. You also need to decide on whether you will go for a native app, hybrid, or progressive web app.The monetization options should also be settled here. You can also assess different technologies for app development. I always suggest that you pick a tech stack that will let you easily get hold of knowledgeable developers to maintain or update your app.
Develop and Test the App
In this stage, you design the app to include all features identified in the conceptualization stage. The beta testing phase requires focus as you will get feedback from real users for the first time.
Your app is now ready for release. But remember that releasing it does not end your work as the app owner. You now keep track of your app reviews and feedback so that you can improve your app.