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A method to auto-generate travel plans based on gaps between element blocks

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000247186D
Publication Date: 2016-Aug-15
Document File: 5 page(s) / 108K

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Abstract

This disclosure discloses a customized, cost-efficient travel plan is built on the principle of making total gaps between blocks during defined travel days optimal and tailored to what users want. Each travel day is made of different element blocks and gaps between element blocks. The key points of the disclosure are block-based mechanism and gap minimalism: the smaller the total gaps are, the more optimal the travel plan is.

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A method to auto-generate travel plans based on gaps between element blocks

Every time we make a travel plan, we hardly know where to start with. We are submerged in a sea of travelogues, maps, and tips … We switch between different apps, and jump from one webpage to another, but still do not know what arrangement is most suitable for ourselves. When we finally struggle to reach a seemingly feasible plan, however, the change of any factor in the plan, like bad weather, triggers a series of arrangements to be adjusted and often means another round of search.

With our method, you only need to specify your requirements, and we will do the rest for you. Our method has a huge database derived from various apps and websites, and uses a gap mechanism to provide a plan that is most suitable for you. Besides, if you need to change any of your requirements, say a change of participants or weather, our block-based method can easily readjust the plan.

From now on, you can get a customized and flexible travel plan much more easily.

Core idea: In the disclosure, a customized, cost-efficient travel plan is built on the principle of making total gaps between blocks during defined travel days optimal and tailored to what users want. Each travel day (during the active hours of users) is made of a) different element blocks and b) gapsbetween element blocks.

Claims:

Block-based mechanism


Gap minimalism: The smaller the total gaps are, the more optimal the travel plan is.

Advantages:

Automation: After users select the element blocks, the method does the whole plan, which takes cost and time under consideration. Flexibility: 1) The best option is the one provided considering both the cost and time. However, users can also choose to consider time or cost only.

2) Users can adjust time and cost for each element block.

3) Element blocks can easily be added, deleted, modified.

Accuracy: This method calculates the gap according to the time and cost spent on the routes from one block to another. By multiplying the cost and time, it enlarges the differences and makes the travel plan suggestion more accurate.

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Definition:

An element block represents an exclusive category of information that has the cost (c) and the time (t) attributes. The following types of element blocks are available for users to provide partial/entire information to:


Element block Astands for tourist attractions. Block A is time-sensitive and subject to weather. Users can provide scenic spots that they want to go for in Block A. Otherwise, Block Arecommends scenic spots for the travel plan. For example, S1 can represent climbing a mountain, which takes about 4 hours (t)and costs 200 yuan/pax (c).

Element block Estands for entertainment, which includes shopping, pub, or special activities that users want to allocate th...