Most of you reading this site, from the hardcore travellers among you to those that take a trip perhaps only one or twice a year, will no doubt be familiar with travel booking sites. They’ve been around since the dawn of the web and have helped make travel planning a fair deal easier since times of old.
But, as I’m sure you’ll agree, not much has changed in the space in the past couple of years. Most booking sites, with their long-list of accommodation options or travel tips, don’t really have much between them in terms of giving us a reason to use one over another. That’s why it’s hard to get enthusiastic, most of the time, about using them.
That’s all changing now though thanks to a new site called Yonderbound.
What is Yonderbound?
Yonderbound is a travel booking site, travel planning site and a source of inspiration for people looking to explore and learn more about the world. Sounds good. But what’s different?
Well perhaps what separates Yonderbound from all other travel planning and booking sites is this killer proposition; you can earn credit based on your recommendations. And put that credit toward your next trip.
For budget travellers reading this site, this might prove something of a godsend in terms of making trips easier and more affordable. As for how this all works? It’s due to a cool feature called Yonderboxing.
What is Yonderboxing?
Yonderboxes are at the heart of Yonderbound and the feature that most makes it stand out from the pack. For a traveller like myself, often hell-bent on making as many travel plans per year as possible, it’s a really effective feature. It works pretty simply too, with the sites user experience geared toward making it as intuitive as possible.
For example, if in 2015 I wanted to start planning trips to destinations I love like Barcelona, Mexico City and Sydney then I can do so pretty easily by creating three separate Yonderboxes, one for each trip.
Next step would be simply naming my Yonderbox with the name of said trip, i.e. “Mexico City” and then writing up my plan, which might include hanging out near the Zocalo, riding some river boats on Xochimilco and seeing the Aztec ruins at Teotihuacan. Then I can choose my cover image for the box and begin hunting down cool places to stay.
The accommodation options on Yonderbound cover over 195 countries at this point and the prices are comparable and similar to those of competing booking sites which makes it all the more effective as a tool. Then you can also make your Yonderbox public, share it with the world and then gain credit for any bookings made through other users browsing your recommendations.
Another cool feature if you’re stuck for ideas on where to go next, as I might be on my Mexico trip, is to use the site to explore Yonderboxes of other users. Matthew Karsten, for example, has some great recommendations on places to stay and explore on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, a cool area of the country full of old Mayan ruins and amazing beaches.
Yonderbound Yes or No?
So we’ve heard about what’s different about Yonderbound but should you really start using it? Well, right now it’s only in Beta mode, and is still proving pretty popular with lots of new people signing up and making new Yonderboxes every day. Couple that with the fact the design is so fresh and fun to use and I think Yonderbound is likely to be a big hit.
In terms of delivering inspiration it’s also up there, with rotating homepage sliders that show you newly created and popular Yonderboxes to help fuel your travel planning too.
A lot more fun than the usual accommodation hunting sites we’ve been using for years with nothing to show for our reviews!
*In collaboration with Yonderbound.