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    Starting a travel site - where to begin?

    Dear fellow web designers/colleagues,

    I am new to web development, have little coding experience, but I am very good at following instructions. I would like to start a travel site about a specific country. If you know of any, please share some good examples of tour operator sites that are built with user experience in mind.

    I am really not sure where to begin and would appreciate some guidance.

    Thank you in advance!

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    About the site:

    Itís a user friendly and informative website where people could find any information about this country before they made their travel arrangements with the option to buy all-inclusive packages that include hotels, tickets, transportation, meals etc.

    Basically this will be a tour operator site promoting a specific country and offer all inclusive travel packages to specific cities of the country.

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    This will take more than "following instructions".
    Sounds like a job that would take a very experienced programmer (in my opinion).

    But if I come across any good examples, I'll post them here.

    The biggest expense in their part will be advertising the website.
    If nobody knows about it, or nobody visits the site, it will not be worth doing.

    They also need to do their homework. How many other operators are doing the same thing? How good is tourism to begin with? If they spend several thousand dollars on the website and advertising, how long will it take to get it back? And it WILL be several thousand dollars. I'm assuming they will need to advertise in the U.S., Canada, Europe, etc. Not cheap.
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    Not only will it take more than "following instructions", but "following instructions" is exactly the opposite of what you should be doing.

    As you said, it's a travel site for a country. So you're going to need to find some way of distinguishing yourself (assuming you're an agency of some sort) and your country to give people a reason to want to visit. This is known as a unique selling proposition (or USP). If you don't have that, don't bother doing the rest.

    Now...assuming you have a USP, you build your site with that USP in mind.

    If you can do that, then you have to market your site. As Max said, this is tricky and quite often expensive. Travel/tourism is big bidness online. People have sunk millions, potentially even billions, into it. You're starting from scratch. You'll need to get creative in all llkelihood to avoid blowing your budget on say Adwords or Facebook ads (hint: never use the latter, despite what "social media experts" tell you. They don't convert.)
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    A site like lonelyplanet is too big a project for one person, especially a beginner. Instead, study these high ranking travel destination sites to see if you can get an idea that fits YOU.

    China For Kids And Great Family Adventures
    SF Tourism Tips: Your Insider's Guide to San Francisco
    MarbellaFamilyFun |*Ranked number #1 for families on the Costa del Sol
    Penang Island Malaysia Travel Guide

    Each of these was created by one person or a family couple. Plan to spend several hours studying if you really wish to learn.

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    I saw your idea on another forum. Not sure if you will ever return to see the answers, but just in case, try to invest more into research about your country. Maybe even partner with a website that can generate data and articles and you come up with the deals for each respective city/destination. Depending on the country, it might be a lot of work or not so much.

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    I'm so curious now ... what is the country?


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    I think Thailand is the best choice to begin your travel website. Because Thai have many famous places, and the cost is usually cheap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jfjohn View Post
    I think Thailand is the best choice to begin your travel website. Because Thai have many famous places, and the cost is usually cheap.
    Why would Thailand be the best choice if the OP is from a different country?

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    I think the OP meant to get examples of travel sites, not examples of countries.


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    Hi Tigger. My advice would be don't spend heaps of time building a site before you know if anyone will visit it. I've been down that path before, and while it is a good learning experience, you likely won't end up with a profitable site. I suggest starting a blog about a specific country first, building up some readership and then letting your audience guide the content and products that you may sell on your eventual site. You can start blogging straight away on blogger.com, or medium.com if you have a talent for writing.


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