Frequently Asked Questions

What is Inspirock?

Inspirock is a free online trip planner that can help you build a personalized sightseeing itinerary for your vacation. To plan with Inspirock, you tell it where you’re going, your dates, and your sightseeing preferences. Within seconds, you'll receive a detailed sightseeing itinerary. The software provides a complete set of tools and recommendations so you can research the destination and make any desired changes to the itinerary. You can add co-travelers so they can edit the plan with you or just stay informed. If you want to ask friends for advice on the itinerary, you can do so.

Inspirock's trip-planning features also include an easy and convenient system for booking accommodation, transportation, and activities. We will help you find the best deals for hotels, travel, and activities because we work with the best providers. Once you have settled on the itinerary and made your bookings, you can take your plan with you on the trip.

Inspirock makes vacation planning fast, fun, and easy!

How does Inspirock work?

Inspirock collects and maintains detailed data from across the web on big cities and small towns in every country in the world. It uses state-of-the-art patent-pending technology to evaluate trillions of logistical possibilities to create a personalized itinerary that best fits your specific needs. The itinerary takes into account factors such as open-close hours, travel time, seasonality, and many more. Our recommendations are unbiased and can save you hours of tedious research and result in a better plan.

To learn how to use the software's most powerful features, please watch this three-minute video.

Which destinations does Inspirock cover?

Inspirock can help you plan what to see and do in every country in the world. With information on 47,000 destinations across 226 countries at your fingertips, you can find great things to do as easily in smaller locales like Ravenna, Italy as in world-famous cities like Rome. And if you're not sure exactly where you'd like to travel to, our planner can determine which places—both off-the-beaten-path towns and world-famous cities—best suit you.

If you want us to add a particular destination that you can't find on the site, let us know.

I'm not sure where to go. Can Inspirock help?

Sure! Based on the types of attractions you like and the general ages of the people traveling with you, Inspirock can automatically select destinations.

You can also create multiple plans to compare before settling on one. For example, if you're trying to decide between Italy or Spain, you can build plans for each and decide which one you like best. If you need more help, you can use our collaboration features to ask your friends for advice on your plans.

How do I edit the destinations in my plan?

Click on the Route tab on the top navigation bar. Here, you can mouse over each destination to access options for changing your route order, adjusting the time spent in each destination, and deleting destinations.

To add destinations, use the +Add destination button to search for specific towns and cities or browse ones in the countries you're planning to visit.

You can also explore recommended destinations at the bottom of the page.

How do I match my actual intercity travel schedule with the one suggested by the site?

The intercity travel scheduling you see on the Route tab displays an average duration based on the available transportation options. If you expect your flight, drive, or train/bus trip to be longer or shorter than what the site suggests, you can change it on your calendar.

Navigate to the Calendar view on the Day by Day tab, click on the travel block, and specify your scheduled departure and arrival times. Your plan's intercity travel schedule will now match the bookings you've made or plan to make.

How do I change the attractions in my plan?

Click on the Day by Day tab on the top navigation bar to see your plan and then the Calendar option to view your schedule. You can delete attraction time blocks and either click on an empty time slot or the Add Activity button to add an attraction or custom activity.

For ideas on what else to see and do, go to the Explore page. You can either browse recommended attractions and activities in and around the destinations in your plan or look up specific ones using the search bar on the page.

How do I adjust the duration I spend at an attraction?

In Calendar view on the Day by Day tab, hover your mouse over the bottom border of the attraction's time block and then click and drag the border up or down to adjust the duration of your visit.

Alternatively, you can click on the attraction block and then the Edit prompt to set the arrival and departure time.

If you need help resolving scheduling conflicts, click on the notification icon on the top navigation bar (it turns red when a conflict arises). Then, click the prompt for help fixing the issue and select the option for the software to recalculate the plan for the destination where the conflict occurs.

How do I change my preferences after I've created a plan?

You can change preferences by clicking on the Settings icon on the far right of the top navigation bar.

Indicate the time you prefer to start and finish your daily sightseeing, the pace you like to travel at, and whether distances appear in miles or kilometers. If you change your start/finish times and travel pace, Inspirock will recalculate your plan to match your preferences.

You don't have to start and finish your sightseeing at the same time every day—in the Calendar view, you can change your schedule for specific days.

To change other preferences, such as your travel style, click + New plan and build a new plan with your desired preferences.

Why should I create an account?

If you have an account, Inspirock automatically saves any plan you create while logged in. You can then access your plans from other computers and mobile devices. When you're signed in, you can also collaborate on your plans with others.

I'm traveling with others—can we share and edit the same plan?

After creating a plan, add co-travelers to it via the Share icon on the top navigation bar. Specify the name and email of each co-traveler. Each person will receive notification of your invitation to see and edit the plan.

Whenever a co-traveler adjusts the plan, you can see the changes by clicking on the Notifications icon on the top navigation bar.

To remove a co-traveler, click on the Share icon on the top navigation bar, select Manage Co-Travelers, and click the X button.

Can I show my plan to friends and family?

You can share plans via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, and email. Click the Share icon on the right side of the navigation bar and choose the platform—social media or email—that you want to share your plan on.

How do I book accommodations through Inspirock?

On the Where to Stay tab, accessible from the top navigation bar, Inspirock describes neighborhoods where you can stay for each destination on your itinerary. We automatically enter dates from your plan into the search form, but you can adjust them. Click the Find a Hotel button to see available accommodations. A new window will display the listings. You can sort listings by featured, price, and ranking.

Select an accommodation listing to view more details about it, and book from the supplier if the accommodation suits you.

I want to start my sightseeing earlier/later than the default time. How do I change this?

Click on the Settings icon on the navigation bar and select the time you prefer to start your day at. (Note that your sightseeing will start at least a half-hour after the time you select in order to give you time to reach the day's first activity.) Save your selection and the software will automatically update your plan.

How do I start some days at a different time?

Go to the Calendar view. If your days usually start at 10 a.m. and you want to begin a day at 9:30 a.m., click on the 9-9:30 a.m. time block, select Just block time on calendar, click the Add Activity button, choose Create custom event, and give the activity block a name. Your sightseeing for that day will now start at 9:30 a.m., immediately following the time you blocked on the calendar.

If you want to see a specific attraction earlier than your sightseeing schedule typically begins, click the time block on the calendar, select Explore activities to add, and search for the attraction by name. Add it to the calendar and then adjust the duration of your visit if you’d like.

What if I want to do something, such as visit an attraction or meet a friend, at a particular time?

Add it to your itinerary in Calendar view. Click an empty time block on the schedule. In the window that appears, choose Explore activities to add to add an attraction, like a museum visit, or Just block time on the calendar to add a custom activity, like meeting a friend. You'll also see options to adjust how long you plan to stay at an attraction or the duration of a custom activity.

Can I add notes to my plan?

Yes. When you create a custom activity on your calendar, you can attach notes to it. You can name the restaurant you want to eat at for lunch, add a link with information about the custom activity, write out an address, and much more. You'll also be able to see your custom activity notes in the List view of the Day by Day tab.

What if my flight lands in the middle of the day or I have only a partial day available for sightseeing?

If you cannot visit attractions during a specific time, you can block that time off on your calendar by adding a custom activity. Click on an empty time slot or the Add Activity button to add a custom activity, like a flight or meeting.

How do I get information about public transportation?

We create your initial plan assuming you're using a car for sightseeing, but you can use any type of transportation. For other options between attractions, click on the Maps view on the Day by Day tab. Click on the estimated driving time between two attractions to bring up Google Maps, where you can see available transportation options.

For traveling between destinations, click the Route tab and then the travel duration/transportation mode prompt between two destinations. This will show you the different modes of transportation available, including different routes and price ranges.

How do I fill free time in my plan?

There are a few ways.

On your calendar, click on an empty time slot, select Explore activities to add, and choose an activity. The software will add that activity to that slot.

If you have a large block of free time, you'll receive a notification about it. Click the notification icon and then the prompt for help. You can either navigate to your calendar to manually fill your free time or let the software recalculate your plan for that destination. If you want the software to recalculate, it will ask you to approve changes it plans to make.

The List view on the Day by Day tab will also show free time in your plan and prompt you to fill it. Clicking the prompt lets you explore activities to add to your plan.

My plan has a lot of conflicts—is there an easy way to fix it?

There is! The notification icon on the top navigation bar turns red whenever a new conflict appears in your plan. To let the software resolve conflicts, click the notification icon and then the Help me fix this prompt next to a conflict. Then, choose the option to let the software recalculate the plan in that particular city.

How does Inspirock make money?

To keep our suggestions unbiased, we do not accept payment for placing destinations or attractions on plans. Instead, we earn a commission if you decide to book trip components, such as hotels, transportation, and tours, through Inspirock. Commissions don't affect the prices you pay—they remain the same whether you purchase on our site or on our booking partners'.