Yahoo is taking is community-travel site Trip Planner out of beta. The site has reached a kind of content critical mass and Yahoo has added some cool features in this general release:
- Trip Journals (blogging; photos can be imported from Flickr)
- Map-Based Search (You can drag the map and zoom to areas within countries for more specific options)
- Yahoo! Search Integration
- There are also a travel recommendations engine based on travel search history, as well as clipping and tagging functionality
In addition to being a useful travel site, with rich user-generated content, in many ways its the most impressive expression to date of Yahoo!s social media strategy. Yahoo! Answers has received a great deal of attention recently (theres an Answers integration with Travel) but the new Trip Planner is more fully realized as a product.
You can read a more detailed post on my blog.