You've booked your reservations—on CheapOair, of course—and you've arrived in Paris. The guidebook says climbing the Eiffel Tower is a must and to avoid the touristy strip shows in Montmarte. But you're scared of heights and have an itch to see naked ladies gyrate. So what's a young buck to do?
That's the gap Fortnighter fills. Launched just last week,—and covering travel destinations worldwide—this service "provides travel itineraries custom-tailored to your individual tastes. Crafted by professional travel writers, each itinerary is made to order by an expert with local knowledge." (Disclosure: I am one of said authorities.)
When backpacking through Europe in 2005, I had Lonely Planet Europe on a Shoestring. Published in 2003 (and likely written in 2002), the book provided invaluable information for the major sites like museums, churches and palaces. But when it came to finding a restaurant, it was dated. A tour book isn't going to have a listing for that hip new club or cafe.
And it's not going to know your likes and dislikes either.
As for sites like TripAdvisor and Yelp, who's to say it's not just the venue's owner churning out five-star reviews?
Ordering a custom itinerary from Fortnighter is easy:
- visit the website
- enter your destination
- select whether you're going solo, as a couple or with friends
- select the length of your stay (three, five or seven nights)
At this point you'll be quoted a price ($100–$200 depending on the duration of your visit) and asked to complete a survey of your requirements and interests—this would be the appropriate time to mention the naked ladies gyrating (don't worry, we travel writers don't judge). A week later, you'll receive your itinerary. Here's a sample one for Prague.The site was founded by Alexander Basek, a travel writer who's contributed to Travel Leisure, New York Magazine and the New York Post.