Archive for the ‘Travel Technology’ Category


January 24, 2012

I’m going to be very interested to see what Mappin have in store, but whatever it is, I’m sure it will be of interest to readers of Trundlin.

Keep your eyes open for a future post and follow the Mappin team at @letsgomappin.

Rail Companies and Social Media Engagement

November 16, 2011

Betws y Coed Railway Station, Snowdonia

Venturing back onto the rail network for my new commute, one extra tool in my travel planning box is Twitter.

I use the excellent “UK Train Times” iPhone app by Agant Ltd for rail travel planning. However, for up to the minute status reports and welcome engagement, I follow @SouthernRailUK on Twitter – a company doing the right thing with their customer engagement.

So far, this has made my commuting relatively painless and I enter the dark of winter with a confidence that I won’t be left standing on a cold platform, devoid of information.


Tripess. This year’s Dopplr ?

February 8, 2009

I’ve just joined the private beta of a new travel planning website called

I use, but thought I would give Tripess a try, as I often find the user interface on Dopplr counterintuitive.

First impressions are good – with a particularly neat bookmark option that can grab data from the webpage you are visiting and use it to create a Tripess entry.

I’ll share my findings as my knowledge of the service grows.


Tesla Motors nears the end?

October 31, 2008

UPDATE: please read the comments to this post for the Tesla take on this. Hopefully the Valleywag vitriol is wrong and Tesla go from strength to strength!

Oh dear. According to, Tesla Motors are down to their last $9m in cash, and are unlikely to deliver (m)any more vehicles.

One of my favourite companies, with a vision of low emission motoring – unfortunately likely to fall by the wayside. However, I’m sure Elon Musk will rise from the ashes!

For all you tech geeks……

October 8, 2008 was conceived as a service in the SaaS mould, and is still in the early stages of development.

To keep the URL occupied, and build some traffic I’m blogging about parts of the travel sector that interest me and will correlate with the trundlin application once it gets further than an alpha concept!

This site is currently built on the WordPress platform and hosted by

Over the next few days / weeks / years (I’ll come back and edit this when I have a better idea of timelines!) I aim to transition this to a self hosted WordPress site, so I can add extra functionality (including iPhone optimised GUI and an iPhone favicon).

All this in advance of rolling out the Trundlin service – which as you can probably guess will be a SaaS / cloud / Web 3.0 thang based on a certain top selling mobile device……..

Trundlin with Trazzler

October 3, 2008

A great little site for those who don’t necessarily want to wander too far is

Conceived by a couple of the minds behind Twitter and Blogger this is a site for the Web 2.0 generation.

Visit, play, and be matched with the ideal trips for you – near and far.

This is what could have been if I had any coding skills ! Great site.

The Trundlin Equation

September 10, 2008

When somebody makes a purchase decision regarding leisure travel there is a correlation between the transit and travel time of a journey and the time spent in the destination.

This could be expressed in a fairly basic mathematical formula with limited variables except that the mode of transport and the method of transit, combined with the reason for travel all have an influence.

This is easily explained anecdotally.

Would you invest the time to fly to Australia if you only spent 1 day in the destination country? Unlikely.

Would you drive 2 hours to spend a night away, to explore an unfamiliar town? Probably.

Below is illustrated three trips I have made over the last year.

The first, a straightforward week in Cornwall, England. I live close, so to drive a few hours at either end for a week’s vacation? Great!

The second, a day’s worth of cars, airport check-ins and flights, for less than 48 hours in Delhi, India.

The third, about 28 hours of transit and travel for less than 24 hours in San Francisco.

There is a Trundlin equation / quotient for each which shows which trip was the most leisurely.

Have a guess (post in the Comments below if you are brave) which has the highest Trundlin quotient, and the reason, and over future posts I’ll divulge and also try to enumerate successfully !