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Travel tech

It’s OK to ask for a little hand-holding when planning your next trip.

Name: utrip.com

What it does: Acts as a virtual concierge to help you plan a day-to-day itinerary based on your travel style. Available for five cities in the United States and 28 cities in Europe.

What’s hot: There are two ways to dive in. You can begin at its Destinations page, where you can get a great overview of a city, find out what it’s known for and explore 16 ways to see it — through sports, entertainment, food, culture, history, etc. I preferred the other option: You type in your city and the dates, then check the Trip Profile selector to see its suggestions. You can toggle between “The First Timer,” “The Returning Traveler,” “The Luxury Traveler,” “The Backpacker,” use its picks or build your own. It’s easy to refine the picks by using the scroll bar to indicate your activity interest level.

What’s not: More cities, please. Once the suggestions were in the day-to-day planner, I wanted to be able to manipulate their order throughout the day by clicking and dragging them in the itinerary planner.

Jen Leo, Los Angeles Times

Travel tech

It’s OK to ask for a little hand-holding when planning your next trip.

Name: utrip.com

What it does: Acts as a virtual concierge to help you plan a day-to-day itinerary based on your travel style. Available for five cities in the United States and 28 cities in Europe.

What’s hot: There are two ways to dive in. You can begin at its Destinations page, where you can get a great overview of a city, find out what it’s known for and explore 16 ways to see it — through sports, entertainment, food, culture, history, etc. I preferred the other option: You type in your city and the dates, then check the Trip Profile selector to see its suggestions. You can toggle between “The First Timer,” “The Returning Traveler,” “The Luxury Traveler,” “The Backpacker,” use its picks or build your own. It’s easy to refine the picks by using the scroll bar to indicate your activity interest level.

What’s not: More cities, please. Once the suggestions were in the day-to-day planner, I wanted to be able to manipulate their order throughout the day by clicking and dragging them in the itinerary planner.

Jen Leo, Los Angeles Times

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