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This Travel Influencer Used AI to Plan a Month-Long Trip to Italy

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by Matador Creators Dec 6, 2023

Using AI to plan your entire trip abroad might sound scary, but it’s becoming commonplace in the travel world. Of course, AI can’t account for every eventuality – nor should it. There’s always a sense of unknown when it comes to travel, and that’s the way it should be. And AI certainly can’t predict or replace the human connections you’ll make on your trip, which are far more impactful and enduring than any castle or cathedral you may visit. AI can, however, provide an outline for you to structure your trip around, and create a rough itinerary that you can choose to follow, or completely deviate from if the mood strikes.

@epic.stays @theblondeabroad tried GuideGeek (linked in our bio) to plan a month-long trip to Italy: You can message #GuideGeek on #WhatsApp for almost any travel question! It uses OpenAI’s tech + real-time info (i.e. flight data) to instantly advise you on the best travel deals and places to stay, eat, and explore. I wanted to test it with some of the more challenging planning elements of our trip… “Help me plan a 5-day road trip through Tuscany, starting and ending in Florence, and spending each night in Montepulciano.” Not only does the response accurately answer my question, but it also gives thoughtful day trips and recognizes that we will be starting and ending each day in Montepulciano. It would have taken me days to plan this portion of our trip trying to sort through the abyss of information on the internet! I was able to plan the best route, find the best restaurants, as well as the best photo spots in seconds! It’s like having a 24/7 personal travel assistant in your pocket. #ai #travelai #tiktoktravelai #traveltiktok #italytravel ♬ original sound – epic.stays

That’s exactly what this Tiktok influencer did. Theblondeabroad fired up GuideGeek, Matador Network’s AI travel concierge, to help her plan a month-long trip to Italy. She just sent GuideGeek a series of messages on WhatsApp asking for recommendations, and within minutes, she had a host of ideas for where to eat, stay, and explore.

For example, she asked GuideGeek to “Help me plan a 5-day road trip through Tuecany, starting and ending in Florence, and staying in Montepulciano for 5 nights.”

“Not only does the response accurately answer my question,” she said, “it gives thoughtful day trips for the full five days, and recognizes that we’ll be starting and ending each day in Montepulciano. I was able to plan our route, find the best restaurants, and even the best photo spots in seconds.”

Among GuideGeek’s recommendations were exploring the nearby towns of Pienza and Cortona, with specific call-outs for checking out Pienza Cathedral and the Sanctuary of Santa Maria. It also recommends visiting Siena for its medieval streets.

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