Some people are natural-born vacation planners, while others lack the time or patience to meticulously map out every detail of a trip. And then, there are AI assistants that play as the matchmaker between you and your dream holiday.

In recent years, Artificial Intelligence has made its mark on the travel industry. Gone are the days of endless scrolling through websites to craft your perfect itinerary. With AI tools, vacation planning can be faster than ever. Let's dive into some of the best AI travel planning tools, tips, and tricks for your next AI-assisted getaway.

Why Use AI for Your Next Vacation?

The benefits are plentiful! AI can save you significant time researching destinations and accommodations. Considering all the possible variables, planning a trip can be overwhelming. These AI tools are often free, making them more accessible than professional travel planning services. Using AI to plan a trip can be a lifesaver for less experienced travelers unsure where to start.

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Top-Notch Vacation Planning Tools

From narrowing down beach bungalow options to generating city itineraries and offering inspiration for beautiful coastal cities, Booking's AI travel planner eliminates the grunt work of organizing a vacation. Its chat-based functionality can be used directly in the company's mobile app.


Tripadvisor is another travel company harnessing AI's power to enhance user experience. Using the Trip Builder feature on their website, you can input your desired destination, the types of attractions or vacation style you're interested in,potential dates, and who you're traveling with. In seconds, the AI travel planner suggests a detailed itinerary, including prices and reviews of all suggested experiences, restaurants, and accommodations, along with their locations on a map.

Expedia's travel platform offers ChatGPT functionality within its app to assist users in planning their trips. By starting an open conversation in the app, members can receive recommendations on where to stay, where to go, transportation,experiences, and attractions, as well as personalized travel options based on variables like hotel location, date ranges,price, and room type.

Google Search vs. AI Assistant 

The advantage of using Gemini over a Google search is that the results can be much more personalized, tailored to your individual needs and preferences. Additionally, the software does much of the research for you, pulling and synthesizing information from all corners of the web.

Kayak's travel search engine has a ChatGPT plugin that can significantly reduce your trip planning time. Type in any request: "Find me a double-bed hotel room in Paris that is wheelchair accessible, within 15 km of the Eiffel Tower, and includes breakfast," and you'll receive an answer. In the Kayak app, you can also get travel information on demand using voice commands if you have an Amazon Alexa-compatible device.


TripGenie is an AI travel assistant integrated into the mobile app. Responding to text and voice commands, this AI travel planner can help plan and book trips with comprehensive advice and itineraries, along with a booking service.

Limitations of AI in Vacation Planning

As helpful as AI tools can be, it's important to remember that they can make mistakes. Since they gather data from a wide range of internet sources, AI travel "planners" are generally more reliable when it comes to well-known destinations or accommodations.

If there isn't much publicly available information about your desired destination, tools like ChatGPT might not be entirely trustworthy or might even fabricate information. It's always best to double-check the facts before booking anything through personal sources or with a travel agent.

Tips for Using AI Travel Planners

  • Be specific: The more specific your criteria, the more useful the results will generally be.
  • Use proper language: Since AI systems like ChatGPT rely on large language models, using appropriate vocabulary can help. The software will better understand and respond to your requests if it recognizes your linguistic choices.
  • Verify information: AI is hyper-intelligent but not perfect. While AI travel planning tools can be excellent starting points and idea generators, it's best to verify any information you rely on for your vacation from a credible and reputable source. AI assistants are not replacements for travel agents, cannot book flights or accommodations, and don't know things the same way humans do; they merely recognize patterns in data sources.