Improving access to no-frill getaways
For many students, summer trips or international travel options can seem quite limited, or even impossible for financial reasons. And far-flung locales, such as European destinations, are often beyond consideration. But as Yurowkin explains, his team was determined to find some solutions. “While planning our respective summer travels to Europe, we each spent many hours planning and laying out trip paths through various cities to maximize the number of places we were able to see, but to minimize cost,” he says. “We wanted to create a tool that could automate this process, and make it easier to find cheaper travel while keeping as many parameters flexible to allow for more options.”
“We seem to be the only product offering a service that bases travel options not on exact dates and parameters, but with numerous options for users,” says Yurowkin. “I’m very excited by the success of our algorithm in finding these flights.” Initially, the team was unsure whether the project was even viable—for instance, the ability to complete a travel search successfully with more than four stops, costing less than $850, and including a trans-Atlantic round-trip.
Yet they’ve done it, “it’s incredibly exciting,” he says. “We’re hoping this opens up the possibility of travel and exploration to many people who previously did not think it was within their budget.”