December 10, 2010

Wanderfly – Choose Your Experience

Wanderfly is a travel application that helps people discover new destinations around the world. Focusing more on the overall experience than the specific destination itself, Wanderfly offers up inspiring vacation ideas based on each user’s specific budget, interests, and dates of travel. Once a destination has been selected, the application also helps out with all the details—providing all the tools necessary to organize, book, and share travel plans without having to leave the Wanderfly site.

In order for Wanderfly to come up with custom vacation ideas for you and your family, you’ll need to tell the app exactly what you’re looking for. Type in your departure city, budget range, travel dates, and select an area of the world you’d like to explore. You can also select one or more interests, like food, beach, casinos, or entertainment, to help put Wanderfly on the right track with its recommendations. Based on the information you put in, Wanderfly will come up with a vacation plan customized to your finances and personal taste. On one page, you’ll find recommended flights, hotels, and activities to try while you’re away. If that’s not what you’re looking for, click the arrow on the right to see the next best option. Wanderfly makes it easy to share these trip ideas with friends and family via email, Facebook, or Twitter, allowing you to solicit feedback and opinions from trip mates before making a final decision.

Once you’ve found a trip that looks up your alley, click on the “Book It” button to reserve and pay for the trip you’ve selected. You’ll need to sign up for a Wanderfly account to purchase a trip, however accounts are completely free and easy to sign up for. For romantic travelers, families, backpackers, and anyone else who’s ever wanted to go on a vacation without having to figure out all the messy details, Wanderfly takes the pain of planning out of the equation.

Practical Uses:

  • Book a family vacation that the kids will enjoy
  • Take your next trip to an unexpected locale
  • Plan an anniversary trip for your wife
  • Get ideas for trips that you might take in the future

Insider Tips:

  • Reservations for trips planned with Wanderfly are made through Expedia
  • Wanderfly includes trip ideas for more than 1,200 locations around the world
  • Activity ideas are supplied by Foursquare, Yelp, NileGuide, and Lonely Planet
  • Wanderfly selects recommended flights and hotels based on what is the best value, combining price with amenities

What we liked:

  • Wanderfly takes the work out of planning a new vacation
  • For people who are in the early stages of planning a trip, Wanderfly offers great inspiration
  • Trip recommendations are based on the user’s favorite interests, as well as budget
  • Ability to see the total price tag for a trip before selecting a destination

What we didn’t like:

  • All flights and hotels on Wanderfly must be booked through Expedia


Company Info:

  • Launched: October 2010
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: New York, New York
  • Founded by: Cezary Pietrzak, Christy Liu and Evan Schneyer
  • Web site:


  • Free


  1. I am the community manager at Wanderfly and I just wanted to thank you for the great review! I also wanted to clarify that hotel booking is through Expedia, but we have now partnered with Kayak for flight booking so there are more options!

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