Streamline Group Vacations With Kayak's 'Trip Huddle'
Planning trips with friends can be a tremendous and painful undertaking. Depending on your group, you’ll either end up with a bunch of people who just want you to figure everything out on your own (so they can complain about it when you do), or a group of highly-opinionated friends who all have their own ideas on what the “perfect” destination and hotel might be, to a point that no one can agree on anything.
Today Kayak is launching a tool called “Trip Huddle” aimed at making that experience a bit easier.
Essentially what Trip Huddle does is let you as a trip organizer pick a handful of dates, destinations, and hotels that you then send to the group via a trip-specific link for your friends to vote on.
Friends can give each of your options a heart rating of 1-3 and add suggestions of their own. After everyone has responded, then presumably you’ll have some front runners and can at the very least narrow your choices down if not select one.
Kayak shared a preview of the tool with me this week, and it’s simple enough I’d even be willing to send it to grandma and think I’d have some semblance of success.
When you receive a link you have to sign into Kayak (or create an account) to identify yourself. The destination, time, and accomodations sections are each broken out and each selection appears as a large button of sorts so it stands out.
Destinations have an average cost per person broken out, and hotels have a button you can tap on to read more details about the property. At the top of each you can also see where the vote stands.
There are still a few issues, in that you’re voting on all these things simultaneously.
By and large I think most people already have a destination in mind when they start planning, but if you don’t, I can see friends voting exclusively on the Vegas hotels, for instance, rather than the whole list of choices. When the group decides to head to Mexico rather than Vegas, the Vegas folks are going to be SOL. Or someone might think a hotel is in one town when it’s in another.
I see that getting complicated and Kayak doesn’t specify where a hotel is, it relies on you to get into the additional details to figure that one out (if the city isn’t in the hotel name, of course).
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BONITA SPRINGS, FL -- A holdup at a 7-Eleven store in Bonita Springs, Fla., failed when the would-be robber pointed his finger like a gun and demanded cash from the register, according to Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers.
Unimpressed by the weapon brandished, the store clerk refused to comply.
The suspect, a young male with his shirt pulled over his head to obscure his face, did not force the issue. He ran empty-handed out of the store to his getaway vehicle — a white mountain bike — and proceeded to pedal briskly north on Imperial Shores Boulevard.
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers described the suspect as a male in his early 20s, approximately 5-foot-8 and 165 pounds. The robbery attempt occurred Wednesday morning.
Robberies in which fingers have stood in for guns have succeeded, as the above video at a Los Angeles 7-Eleven in January 2017 demonstrates.
But most pistol pantomimists bent on robbery know to to conceal their "hand guns" in clothing, in a pocket or elsewhere out of sight.
Otherwise it's like bluffing in poker after laying down your cards.
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