TravelMath is an online travel planning tool based around the calculator concept. Users can calculate various aspects of their trip, such as the distance between locations and the travel time required to get there. Users can also manage their travel budget using Travel Math. A quick trip calculator is offered on the homepage and asks the user for a to and from location as well as what kind of data they want. Data options include driving distance, flight distance, time zone difference, halfway point, currency conversion, direct flight distance, cost of driving and many other options. Users can explore locations by city, state, country, province or zip code. The application also lets users search by landmark, continent, island or county.
TravelMath was designed to help users plan their trips more effectively while taking some of the math-based confusion out of the equation. The application calculates a wide range of data for the user, ranging from distances to travel times and currency conversions. The service isn’t hugely popular, but has been growing. While TravelMath is helpful, it lacks some of the more appealing functions that other travel websites often offer.
A traveler has numerous websites to choose from when planning a trip. The travel industry is well saturated on the web. TravelMath offers a service that is very similar to many of the alternatives that are already out there. The main difference is that the application focuses on calculations rather than pure content and information. Users can calculate a number of aspects of their trip, letting the application do all the math while they focus on more interesting travel planning tasks.
The TravelMath website favors blue against a white background. The color scheme gives the site a relatively professional appearance. Users may feel a little overwhelmed because the design mingles helpful tools with banner advertisements. Each part of the site is relatively clean and clutter free, the problem is that the collection of boxes, ads and buttons can distract the eye and make browsing difficult for any newcomers that happen by.
TravelMath does not require a login. Users can access all calculating tools directly from the homepage. A row of blue buttons gives the user an easy way to find specific content and calculators while a general travel calculator is available to everyone on the homepage. There is a blue “Facebook” button along the left side of the homepage. Those who login to Facebook can see distances between social network friends, track flight data and compare driving distances.
TravelMath is available to everyone for free. There are no fees, and there really shouldn’t be. The site offers helpful tools, but none that aren’t available elsewhere at no cost. The interface contains a number of banner advertisements which help cover the cost of website maintenance. Free is a good way to keep new visitors coming and previous visitors returning to plan future trips.
TravelMath is ideal for users who want a very simple travel planning tool, especially those who dislike doing math. The application handles all calculations for the user. Users can see currency conversion differences, time zone differences or estimate travel time and distance based on their transportation method. The website is a little cluttered, but otherwise user friendly for anyone with little to no experience on the web.