New Trip Planning Tool Available Free to Travel Websites
Almost from the day we launched the site Cost2Drive.com people have been asking us for a widget version they could easily add to their own blogs or Websites. In fact a number of tourism sites like Visit San Antonio, Visit Philly and California’s Redwood Coast didn’t bother waiting and already link off to Cost2Drive to help prospective visitors plan better car trips to their destination (and for this we are VERY appreciative!).
Today we’re pleased to announce that we’ve built an iframe version of Cost2Drive that Website owners can easily add to their site by adding a single line of code. This is perfect for travel sites that cater to the drive-in market and want to provide additional trip planning tools to their users. With the average price of gas in the US still well above $3.50 a gallon transportation costs can easily eat up 20% or more of an entire vacation budget, so helping travelers better plan and manage these costs will give them another reason to visit your site, and more importantly your destination!
To use the widget users simply enter the origin and destination of the trip (note, sites can insert a default destination as in the above example for Tampa, FL) and then their vehicle information. After entering this information the user clicks on the Find My Cost to Drive button and our Galculator takes care of the rest, returning the trip costs based on real time gas prices along the route.
We couldn’t fit all the great features of Cost2Drive in this small widget so if the user want to see more details, such as a map of the route or where to find the cheapest gas at refueling points, they can click on the See Details button which will take them over to Cost2Drive.com for the full results. For routes over 200 miles in distance they’ll also see the cheapest airfare so they can easily determine if its cheaper to fly or drive to the destination.
If you’d like to test out the widget functionality check out the live version on VisitTampaBay.com. Many thanks go out to Jeremy Fairley @VisitTampaBay for working with us to help define the specifications for these widgets in preparation for launching them on the Tampa Bay & Co. Website.
We’ll be posting a self-serve page shortly where you can go to grab the code for the widget and add it to your site. If you can’t wait and are interested in getting one sooner drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get you hooked up!