Like many people, I have friends and family living all over the world and I love to travel and find new places. We're all busy though and want to be able to maximise our time away – whilst finding something new that's easy for us all to get to. Trying to plan a trip starting in more than one place, with several people can quickly become a headache. Who in this position hasn't spent ages flipping between spreadsheets, email/messenger, and your favourite travel search engine? Where can we fly to that will suit us both? How busy will it be? What's the easiest and cheapest way to get there? All this data is out there, but it can be a hassle to gather together and process, and kind of feels like work!
What it does
Meet Me Halfway takes two starting cities, and finds suggestions that, whilst not exactly half way (for most people that'll probably be the ocean!) are about the same flight time and price from each origin. Then people can find out more about the city and check out flight times and costs from both places at once. Meet Me Half Way tries to search for and suggest flights that arrive at around the same time (no one wants to wait in Arrivals for 8 hours!) .
How I built it
Challenges I ran into
Not knowing anything about front-end web programming was the biggest for me personally! Seriously, all I knew was how to make an
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
Making something that actually looks like a website you might see in 2019! I work on gnarly desktop applications in C++ for a job and whilst I love using beautiful and responsive web-apps, I was always mystified by how to create them, and I feel like a got a bit closer. I've also not seen anything like it in the travel industry ('2D travel search' I guess!) so I'm quite happy that it's something that I think is unique and has a lot of potential.
What I learned
What's next for Meet Me Half Way
I want to expand it to include further city insights, and also hotel rates and recommendations. The suggestion algorithm could then be expanded to use more of this data (and some AI perhaps). I really can't wait for the ability to actually complete a purchase/booking through the API too! Longer term, I can see a tool like this having amazing business potential for large organisations, and helping travellers and planners answer questions such as 'I've got 70 employees in London, 50 in Paris and 50 in Helsinki - find me a good location for my conference with easy and cheap flights there' - and then book and manage it through that.