Breakthrough for Travelers, Playcation Search Engine Identifies 3.5 million Activities Worldwide and Most Don’t Cost Anything

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More Than a Billion Travelers Now Have a Search Engine Dedicated to Finding Activities Around the World

Playcation, an activities search engine, has reached a milestone; they have categorized, mapped and ranked 3.5 million things to do on the planet.

Every year U.S. residents log 1.6 billion person‑trips for leisure purposes (US Travel) and 65% begin searching online to decide where to go and how to get there (GOOGLE). Travelers everywhere on the planet now have a way to find activities whether they’re choosing a family vacation, hunting for a novel side trip, or looking for local options they didn’t know existed.

“Our goal is to help people find activities, anywhere. We’re building a solution that helps people find things to do anywhere on the planet and more importantly, to know the best places for the things they’re most interested in,” said founder Brian Bartell. “We’re excited to have reached this current scale, organizing 3.5 million things to do worldwide across 10,000 activity categories.”

Prior to Playcation’s existence, travelers started online to find lackluster, unfocused results from larger search engines and typically found travel-oriented sites with frustratingly shallow databases of activities. Playcation leverages patented big data and artificial intelligence technology to create an unrivaled activity search experience - across all categories and geographies, ranked and categorized.

Playcation helps people find things to do in seconds. It knows the best activities in 300,000 geographies from Washington State to Wales, from Patagonia to Peru.

Playcation also helps enthusiasts find destinations quickly. Whether you’re into fly fishing, theme parks, kid-friendly activities or surf lessons, the site has organized and ranked 10,000 categories and mapped the results best-to-worst. A few examples:

List of all places for surfing, #1 is Nosara in Costa Rica

List of all places for fly fishing, #1 is Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming

List of all places for Gothic architecture, #1 destination is Paris, France.

Unlike most travel sites, Playcation includes extensive free options. “We can proudly say that when a user looks up ‘Yosemite’ they find ‘Hiking’ and ‘Rock Climbing’ and ‘Backpacking’ first and these are options that don't cost anything,” said Bartell. “Of course, we also have packages and tours they can buy and all of this information is ranked best-to-worst on the quality of the experience.”

About Playcation: Playcation is a search engine for activities. Based in San Diego, California, the company helps users find the best places for their favorite activities. Playcation has developed technology that reads the travel-related web, interprets associations and meanings, and learns as it does these things. These processes include machine learning, artificial intelligence and big data. Playcation has categorized 3.5 million things to do, spanning 10,000 categories, mapped to 300,000 locations on the planet and ranked best-to-worst.

Andrea Moriarty
Playcation LLC


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