TRAVEL TECHNOLOGY

Tripadvisor Collaborates with Audible for the Ultimate Travel Audio Entertainment

Tripadvisor | September 14, 2021

As we are in the midst of travel planning or embarking on a long awaited adventure, Tripadvisor®, the world's largest travel guidance platform*, announced a collaboration with Audible, the leading creator and provider of premium audio storytelling. Together, the collaboration creates the ultimate travel content. Travelers will enjoy Audible's unmatched library of exclusive Originals, audiobooks and podcasts, and "Trip Playlists" created by Tripadvisor Plus that deliver people-powered travel guidance. From inspiring your budding bookworm with spots Tripadvisor travelers love visiting, highlighting international locations, spotlighting boundary-breaking travelers who will inspire you, and celebrating the best of what to see, shop and eat & drink in New York City.

Collaboration Details & Benefits
Now through November, this collaboration makes it easy for travelers to bring their favorite audio playlists with them during their next trip with just a few taps on their mobile device. No more heavy suitcases or cramming books into your carry-on!
  • All U.S. Audible members and current free trial users: $30 off a year of Tripadvisor Plus*
  • Tripadvisor Plus members: 90-day free trial to Audible Plus
  • All Tripadvisor members: 30-day free trial to Audible Premium Plus

"We're thrilled to collaborate with Audible to expand our Tripadvisor Plus member benefits outside of the traditional travel experience, which perfectly aligns with guiding and inspiring our travelers on the go. The ability to unlock unlimited access to thousands of audiobooks and special Audible-curated audio playlists is ideal for all vacation types - whether you're looking for great entertainment to accompany you through the great outdoors or the Big Apple," said Lindsay Nelson, chief brand and experience officer for Tripadvisor.

"Tripadvisor guides travelers to find the perfect getaway and Audible is the destination for people who love quality audio storytelling, so together they're the ideal travel companion. We're so excited to offer Tripadvisor members the opportunity to pair their journeys with stories from some of the best creators and performers in the world drawn from the Audible collection of premium audio originals, audiobooks, and podcasts on their next road trip or plane ride," said Jane Winston, Director, Business Development at Audible.

About Tripadvisor
Tripadvisor, the world's largest travel guidance platform*, helps hundreds of millions of people each month** become better travelers, from planning to booking to taking a trip. Tripadvisor makes planning easy no matter the trip type. The subsidiaries of Tripadvisor, Inc., own and operate a portfolio of online travel brands and businesses.

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Visiting the Capital of Texas can be an amazing experience, from drinking the night away at homes that have been turned in to bars on Rainey Street, to listening to music on 6th to exploring the cool and weird shops on South Congress. And don't forget eating to your heart's content at Torchy's Tacos or one of the hundreds of food trucks around Austin.

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