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Seeking travel advice, finding trip companions, and coordinating flights with friends: no one said the planning process was easy. This week’s roundup looks at five startups that are located around the world and attempting tackle a different aspect of the trip planning.

Many of them are based on the premise that tourists want advice from their friends; an accurate observation but failed business model since many travelers aren’t willing to search a new service when they’re already plugged into existing social networks.

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Photo Credit: The Chilean startup Qaribu wants to be all things to the prospective buyer, starting with launching its site in three languages. Qaribu / http://soon.qaribu.com/