Ideal trip planning web-application and motorcycle travel blog

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by Medic Maik, Nov 1, 2008.

  1. Medic Maik

    Medic Maik Desert Lover

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    Ok, for a while now I have been disappointed by various blog sites and mashups presumably intended for trip planning and trip diary....

    Since I often plan trips with people who live scattered across the country, what I am looking for is:
    • A trip planning web app where you can share a map for editing with multiple people. Different peoples markers are color coded. In the map you can put POI's, route suggestions, etc etc. Maybe upload previous GPS routes?
    • The trip planning section wiki-style editing
    • A section allowing me to blog travel reports
    • Display a map beside your blog entry showing either the waypoint or the stretch of road you are blogging about
    • Easy photo AND video integration into your blog
    I am currently using a combination of google maps for the planning (can't really be shared for editing) and http://www.footstops.com/maikhassel/trips/936 for my trip reports (various shortcomings).

    Winter is coming up and I may have a little spare time on my hands, sooo.....

    QUESTIONS:
    • Am I the only one who is looking for this
    • Does anyone know of something like this already existing??? Why re-invent the wheel?
    • Would you use something like this, and if so: What other features would you like?
    I am thinking of developing something like this for private (and maybe community) use... Just looking for ideas I might have missed...


    BEFORE THE FLAMING STARTS, a little disclaimer:
    • I am NOT trying to create a commercial product (no time, no interest), heck it may not even be publicly available
    • I am NOT trying to make a competing product to ADV Rider - come on now...
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  2. olebiker

    olebiker Old buzzard bait

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    The mapping stuff would be interesting. It is something that I don't know a whole lot about.
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  3. cjr9968

    cjr9968 n00b

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    That sounds like a great idea. Do you know anything about web development? I'd love to work on this.
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  4. bike&run

    bike&run Adventurer

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    Google maps can be shared for editing. I have several maps I share with others. If you create your own map (My Maps) you can allow others to view or view and edit (Collaborate). Assign colors to different people in order to differentiate. Or did I read this wrong and you're already taking advantage of this functionality but it isn't sufficient?
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  5. Honkey Cat

    Honkey Cat Tailights Fade!

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    it would be great if you could add awesome rides you do to share.
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  6. themotojourney

    themotojourney Adventurer

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    I have found a similar lack of aggregated trip planning info.

    For far flung destinations there sometimes just isn't the easy resource that you might expect in the developed world.

    Try Garmin MapSource to create your route (and helpfully store waypoints!). A lot of users GPX files are available here and at the HUBB.

    Then it's just a question of the details of where you are going to be: Lonely Planet, CIA Factbook, Tripadvisor, other blogs and wider Internet searching is still sometimes the best.
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  7. jkdwings

    jkdwings Been here awhile

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    Like bike&run mentioned, Google Maps does have a pretty useful collaboration tool. It certainly doesn't combine the other features you're looking for as a blog, but maybe it will work for you until you find something better. I started a map a while back looking for suggestions for routes and places to see along the way of a fly and ride I'll be doing soon. You can either invite specific people to collaborate with or do an open collaboration. Here is the map if you want to play around with it a bit and see if it's what you're looking for at all. Below is what I posted in another forum explaining how to use it. Feel free to add any points in just to play with it - I've got another map now that I'm using, so I don't care if you add random things.

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  8. TheBigSteve

    TheBigSteve I wish my name was Dick.

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    Unfortunately google maps has quite a few limitations that do bring things down (I don't think markers have any sort of permissions beyond publicly editable vs not publicly editable, they don't retain any ownership, there is a limit to how many markers can be on a map, etc).

    I'd love to develop an app like this (I'm a web developer), but I don't have the time right now. However, I'm planning a 1.5month trip all around the USA starting April 1st, and I'll be developing some bloggy software for my own usage in order to keep my ride public and entertaining. I quickly threw together a little page of my tentative stops ( http://bigtrip.stevensoconnor.com ), based on gmaps's API, in order to put my own spin on things without google maps's limitations.

    What I'm trying to say, at least to the op, is that you're certainly not the only one who's found current online tools lacking in a big way, and some sort of trip-sharing site would be nice, though I'm not sure if there are any current solutions for that sort of thing. I'll be following this thread quite excitedly, hopefully some awesome stuff comes out of it :)
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  9. DILLIGAFFF

    DILLIGAFFF n00b

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    We have used travelpod for a few years for our blog which is OK as a diary as you can upload photos and share it and is quite easy to use. There's also maps with it.
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