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Cost2Drive.com Surpasses One Million Users, Relaunches With New Trip Planning Tools for Summer Travel
May 16, 2012 (03:05 PM EDT)


Road Trip Planners, Destination Content From TripAdvisor Among Many New Features Added to the Popular Trip Calculator Site

GREAT FALLS, Va., May 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- C2G, LLC, the developer of Cost2Drive.com, recently announced that it has launched an updated version of the popular site. The redesigned site includes many new features that make it easier for people to plan car trips and calculate the cost to drive to and from specific places. The new features, which were developed based on user requests, have already gone live."Since the original site launched, we have received a lot of useful feedback," says Jim Kovarik, the president and co-founder of C2G. "We have taken that information into account in order to design the new version of the site."

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Among the many new features that are included on the upgraded Cost2Drive.com site, the ability to add multiple stops to a route is sure to thrill many users. After inputting a starting point and a destination, a user can now add stops along the way. This simplifies the process of calculating the total amount that will need to be spent on fuel during a road trip. Users can input unique destinations, or they can calculate cost for round trips with different stops in between.

A relationship with TripAdvisor is behind another one of the new features of the Cost2Drive.com site. Top hotels, restaurants and attractions for a specified destination will now be displayed. "This is another way to help people plan their trips in advance," says Kovarik. " Through this partnership with the world's largest travel site*, we aim to provide even more valuable trip planning features, and research has shown that TripAdvisor's content is highly trusted by travelers."

Another feature C2G is launching as part of its new website enhancements is a road trip planner for popular destinations. These planners include maps and destination content from TripAdvisor, as well as the ability to calculate the cost to drive to various popular destinations. Categories include national parks, beaches, zoos, major cities and theme parks. This option is useful for people who want to get a basic idea about how much it will cost to travel to popular destinations across the United States. "It's a fun feature," says Kovarik. "It's also a great way for people to come up with new ideas for vacation destinations."

In addition to the updates that have been highlighted above, the new Cost2Drive site features an improved design that includes larger, easier-to-read maps. "The design of the site has been cleaned up and improved," says Petar Canic, the creative director and co-founder of C2G. "We based the new design on user input, and we are confident that people will find it easier and more intuitive to use. The larger maps will make it easier for people to plan their routes and to find the cheapest places to fuel up too."

The upgrades coincide with a few additional pieces of exciting news. Cost2Drive recently surpassed the one-million-user mark as visits to the site during spring break 2012 tripled over 2011. In addition to that, C2G is making the Cost2Drive iPhone application free beginning today through Memorial Day weekend saving travelers the $1.99 retail price.  Meanwhile, the new Cost2Drive site is up and running. "We're excited to unveil the new site to the world," says Kovarik. "It makes traveling by car more cost-effective than ever."

Some fun data regarding Cost2Drive.com:

  • Average Trip Distance is 800 miles (each way)
  • Most Popular Destination City is Orlando, FL (followed by Las Vegas, NV)
  • Most Popular Attraction is Walt Disney World
  • Most Popular Beach Destination is Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Most Popular National Park is the Grand Canyon (followed by Yellowstone)
  • Most Entered Car Model is Honda Civic
  • Most Entered Car Make is Ford
  • Average Vehicle Age is 7.3 Years
  • Most Popular Vehicle for trips to Disney theme parks is the Dodge Caravan

About TripAdvisor
TripAdvisor® is the world's largest travel site, enabling travelers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from real travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools. TripAdvisor-branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, with more than 50 million unique monthly visitors*, and over 60 million reviews and opinions. The sites operate in 30 countries worldwide, including China under daodao.com. TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to TripAdvisor's millions of monthly visitors.

TripAdvisor, Inc. manages and operates websites under 19 other travel media brands, and together the sites attract more than 69 million unique monthly visitors**. TripAdvisor's travel media brands include: www.airfarewatchdog.com, www.bookingbuddy.com, www.cruisecritic.com, www.everytrail.com, www.familyvacationcritic.com, www.flipkey.com, www.holidaylettings.co.uk, www.holidaywatchdog.com, www.independenttraveler.com, www.onetime.com, www.seatguru.com, www.sniqueaway.com, www.smartertravel.com, www.tingo.com, www.travel-library.com, www.travelpod.com, www.virtualtourist.com, www.whereivebeen.com, and www.kuxun.cn.
*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, Worldwide, January 2012
**Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Inc. and its subsidiaries, Worldwide, January 2012
©2012 TripAdvisor, Inc. All rights reserved.

About C2G, LLC
C2G is Northern Virginia company focused on building interactive tools to help travelers plan better car trips. At the heart of all C2G products lies the Galculator, an innovative trip calculating technology that estimates fuel costs based on the fuel efficiency of a vehicle and real time gas prices along a route. The Galculator also helps travelers save money by locating the cheapest gas at the refueling points of a trip and by displaying the cheapest airfare to help determine if it's cheaper to fly or drive to a destination. 

Media Contact: Jim Kovarik C2G, LLC, (571) 294-7418, jim@costtogo.com

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