The Movement

Smell the Roses

by
Gina LoBuglio
Gina LoBuglio | Mar 4, 2016 | in Rate These Concepts

Most travel planner apps pick the fastest or cheapest way to get to work. But the experience isn't factored in.  Given that on average we spend as much time commuting as we do on holiday it's time that is wasted. Our new travel planner app picks the most relaxing, interesting or roomy route for your travel so you can read, enjoy the surroundings or catch up on your sleep or last night's TV. Take the time to Smell the Roses! 

joanna butler-savage Mar 4, 2016

that would be no good at all for travel to work -we all want travel to be improved but in terms of commuting options are limited. this is not going to work for everyday trips but would perhaps be useful for outings and holidays.

joanna butler-savage Mar 4, 2016

i would appreciate this for a motorcycling trip -that would be amazing and the whole point of the travel is an experience in itself where time is not of the essence

Janet Bradley Mar 4, 2016

Will the app include options to show how the most relaxing or interesting route compares against the cheapest or fastest? Would it all be within the one app so that you know if you take the most interesting route it may take three times the length of time for example, and twice the cost - so you are aware of the consequences of your decision?

Murray S Mar 4, 2016

What if it gave you the option of travelling the least polluted route?

Janet Bradley Mar 5, 2016

that always has its benefits... but you would want to know what that is compared to the other options - if you have the time to enjoy the leaset polluted route or the journey that absorbed the most calories, then all to the good, but if you dont' have the time, you want the app to tell you all the choices, including the quickest and the cheapest... and also, the different combinations... if you can do part fast, and part relaxing....I think for most people, travel is about making the right choice for you.

Murray S Mar 4, 2016

Or told me the route where I'd use up the most calories?

joanna butler-savage Mar 5, 2016

great for cyclists! my husband would love this - i suspect he is on the verge of obsession

Nicky Griffiths Mar 5, 2016

I think that for commuting to work most people want to get there and back as quickly as possible, yes they would like to improve the experience but not at the cost of a lot of extra time.

Gill Chedgey Mar 5, 2016

I'm not keen on the name, it's too fluffy. I'm not sure this would suit today's commuters in our quick fix, get there fast mind set. But there may be some potential,if this were marketed primarily as a leisure app? And I'm sure there are other variables and parameters that could be added. Murray S suggested calorie counting- great for walkers and cyclists, low pollution for those who care about the environment.

joanna butler-savage Mar 5, 2016

i don't do fluffy either - it should be called something like "A to B sucks"

Fiona Boubert Mar 9, 2016

What about calling it Routes That Suit?

Janet Bradley Mar 10, 2016

Better name.

joanna butler-savage Mar 10, 2016

I can see someone making some money launching a company for this kind of thing. I would call it Scenery and greenery.

joanna butler-savage Mar 10, 2016

or "The Route to Suit"

joanna butler-savage Mar 10, 2016

sorry - just seen iron maiden beat me to it! great minds

joanna butler-savage Mar 10, 2016

Tripsperience?

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Mary O'Connor Mar 5, 2016

I wouldn't use this. I always need the fastest route possible!

Janet Bradley Mar 5, 2016

that's the trouble with the modern world... time is always of the essence.

Gina LoBuglio Mar 7, 2016

Hi HammyHamster, I agree that during the week, I just need to get from A to B as fast as possible. But as mentioned below, what if it were the weekend? Or a week where you had more time off and maybe wanted to change things up a bit?

Mary O'Connor Mar 8, 2016

Things are pretty much the same for me at the weekend too. The only time that is different is when I am away on holiday. I have too much to fit into each day!

joanna butler-savage Mar 9, 2016

i would certainly prefer a different route to visit my friend in hull - i have travelled that motorway so many times and it never gets any more interesting!!!

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Gill Chedgey Mar 6, 2016

Perhaps the app could be broadened to include the fast routes too? Then there is a choice and more needs are catered for.

Gina LoBuglio Mar 7, 2016

Hi Whizz, I had a similar thought. It seems to me that we all have multiple apps for travel. It would be brilliant if there was one app that did it all (or as much as possible). So perhaps adding in a fast option would be a good idea. Is there anything else you'd want to see on this app that might make you more inclined to use it? We've had some good suggestions from Murray S so it'd be great to build on this.

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Gill Chedgey Mar 7, 2016

It should include multi mode transport options and then within that selected mode other options based on the mode. Fastest routes, most interesting routes, that could be tied in with the Journeypedia concept maybe? Most picturesqe routes. Calories, steps, flattest routes for cyclists, cheapest routes?

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joanna butler-savage Mar 7, 2016

i would love that for somewhere like france on a driving holiday - you could take in the scenic areas and fast track through the dull bits

Fiona Boubert Mar 9, 2016

I agree about tying it in with Journeypedia

Janet Bradley Mar 7, 2016

Also routes where you could split the route... part fast, part picturesque etc... so if you only had time to do half your route picturesque, or whatever other mode you wanted to do, it gave you the option to do so.

joanna butler-savage Mar 9, 2016

i would prefer to drive through cities rather than round them sometimes

Janet Bradley Mar 10, 2016

In which case, the additional costs associated with driving through a city would need to be considered within the app, and by cost I mean both time and financial costs.

joanna butler-savage Mar 10, 2016

yes of course but thats when the car share comes in - you can drive through the city as a tourist providing you contribute something to the locality like the congestion charge

joanna butler-savage Mar 10, 2016

when i said car share perhaps lone drivers should pay more towards this

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Jade Hewlett Mar 6, 2016

Sometimes I want a fast way to get from A to B but if I wasn't in a hurry and it was potentially a little cheaper than average tickets I would definitely choose journeys like this instead so I could enjoy it without the hassle and inconvenience of busy peak time travel and have more time to myself on the journey.

joanna butler-savage Mar 6, 2016

its definitely more of a leisure trip option - we are actually thinking of taking a coach to london instead of the usual direct train - its cheaper and we will perhaps get to see a bit more with the kids although it is of course longer. i like the idea of a scenic alternative.

Jade Hewlett Mar 7, 2016

I have taken a coach from Manchester to London and it was a very long and boring journey as it was mostly on the motorway but maybe if it was a more fun route or I was told what I was passing it would have been a more interesting journey. An interesting and scenic route would have made time pass quicker.

Gina LoBuglio Mar 7, 2016

My son is now off at university but I could see using this at half term when maybe you want to travel, have a bit more time and also want to show your kids the scenery (I *still* find myself pointing out cows and horses to my son when we're on the train and he's 18!).

Jrh2, would it also encourage you to use this app if along with fast, slow, scenic route options, you were also advised on cost (not just limited to cheapest either - some people might like to spend a bit more on a luxury journey?).

Jade Hewlett Mar 7, 2016

Yes, it would encourage me. I think even if the route is a really interesting option the cost will usually still influence my decision so if there was options for an affordable or luxury choice it would be better as you could still enjoy the journey but not worry too much about how much you've spent on it.

joanna butler-savage Mar 8, 2016

i fancy a coastal route - love seeing the seaside

Nicky Griffiths Mar 7, 2016

You would have to be prepared for the fact that coaches are not very comfortable, especially with a seatbelt on, sometimes you can hardly move. Personally I wouldn't like to do it with children unless you can be sure they won't get bored!

joanna butler-savage Mar 7, 2016

they get bored whatever we do but this would save me a fortune! we get carried away spotting diggers at motorway roadworks.

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Jaclyn Knight Mar 7, 2016

This may be appealing to tourists or sightseers, but given most people commuting daily are time-poor this isn't something that I'd be inclined to use

joanna butler-savage Mar 10, 2016

i think commuting is fair inflexible unfortunately - until employers recognise that their staff may well be working on their commute and credit them with the time, they need to travel as directly and quickly as possible to and from work

Fiona Boubert Mar 7, 2016

I don't think this is a strong enough idea or has enough appeal for a stand alone app. This is partly one of the features of the Journeypedia app idea with the scenic route included and would fit quite nicely in there as a feature rather than the whole purpose of an app.

We only have so much storage space for apps on our mobile devices so users expect a lot from the apps that they download and this one would tend to be quickly deleted due to limited practical use. Many of us don't have many opportunities to choose relaxing or interesting journeys due to our fast paced lives. It would have some use for holidays but not for the average commute.

Janet Bradley Mar 8, 2016

I guss it's something more we may want to explore pre-travel on our computers.... we would want to pre-plan a scenic route, or maybe a bike route, so it doesn't need to be on the phone maybe!

joanna butler-savage Mar 8, 2016

i have neighbours who are off on a rail and other transport european tour to slovenia - they would love an app like this. the man had been told he has to plan everything with precision!

Nicky Griffiths Mar 8, 2016

Sounds good - but I wouldn't be surprised if everything works more smoothly than it does in this country!

Fiona Boubert Mar 8, 2016

Was that by his wife or a travel expert?

Nicky Griffiths Mar 9, 2016

I wonder. If it's a holiday surely they can afford to be a bit more relaxed.

joanna butler-savage Mar 9, 2016

my idea of heaven is to just go with the flow but i suppose it depends on the family dynamic and it is cheaper to book ahead - perhaps commuters/travellers could get a significant reduction for a more carbon friendly or scenic route

joanna butler-savage Mar 9, 2016

his wife!! he looked very worried like some wine would come in handy!

joanna butler-savage Mar 9, 2016

i think she's OCD

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Neil Kennedy Mar 20, 2016

I would be highly unlikely to have an app called 'Smell the Roses' on my phone. It's not very manly lol! I also don;t see much point in this app as google maps already gives you alternative routes.