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Forget the Pets! Travel with RowdDog Instead

RowdDog

Phoenix-based startup RowdDog, which is in alpha, allows you to research and plan travel the way you want. Part social networking site, collaborative planning tool, travel and local deal resource, RowdDog already does a good job at providing a travel mashup tool.

With options for inviting collaboration from your travel companions (RowdDogs) and input from from people you trust (buddies), your itinerary can be dynamically and collaboratively shaped as the trip is planned.  Once you make decisions on travel and destination services, you can even attach the reservations and important information to the trip.

RowdDog have partnered with Priceline to keep all of your travel-related research, deals, and bookings in one place.  This appears to work fairly well, as I created a trip to Orlando (don’t tell my 11 year old) and was immediately presented a Groupon deal for a 30 minute Grand Tour Flight over Orlando. Not sure how well this will work for international destinations yet, but RowdDog appears to have you covered in the major US destinations.

Like any new tech startup they’ve  been busy adding enhancements that will launch in the next few weeks, including:

  • RowdDeals, deeply discounted travel destination deals from partners like Groupon, LivingSocial, TicketsNow and more.
  • Locals’ style tips and suggestions for travelers.
  • New functionality for their collaboration tool that will make planning with friends on Facebook and Twitter even easier.

The next time you’ve got a trip to plan, give this site a whirl, and don’t forget to invite all your RowdDogs along for the ride.

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About the Author

Frank Oelschlager is a serial entrepreneur with 20 years experience in software and technology companies. He enjoys building companies (creating jobs), bringing new technologies and products to market (solving problems), and learning about the things people are doing with technology. When he’s not working, Frank likes to compose music, play guitar, walk in the woods or mountains with his camera, read, try something completely new, or just hang out with the family on the porch with a glass of good wine.

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