Mar 3, 2007

71Miles is The Definitive Guide to Weekend Trips

There's these two guys named Adam and another guy named John and they recently launched an awesome new company and site. (Evan and I are proud advisors.) The site is called 71miles and it's focused on local travel. The name comes from a travel industry statistic—something about most trips taking place within 71 miles of your home.

The company was launched on a shoestring budget. Expenses were kept low and engineering cycles short by blending several popular platforms and APIs together. It's built on WordPress and Matt Mullenweg says it's "Definitely one of the coolest uses of the WordPress framework I’ve seen in a while." 71miles also makes interesting use of Google Maps and includes videos and calendar event feeds that really give you a sense of each destination.

All of this is very geeky and cool but wait, there's more! The reviews, trip notes, recommendations, and narrated video slideshows are all produced by professional local experts. The first area to launch is the San Francisco Bay Area with Lonely Planet author John Vlahides. The Washington DC Metro area, and the rest of the nation will follow. If you live in the Bay Area, visit the site. It's good stuff. (Even if I do say so myself.)

1 comment:

Adam said...


You don't take much credit here, but there's no way we could have done it without you. Thanks! - AR