We asked Follow the Weather founder, Chris Whitehead, about building a web app that lets you search for your holiday destinations based on the weather. Chris has a mixed background, including previous work on some interesting software products. He chose Bubble because the no-code platform enables him to see quick progress and test the product with users without investing too much time into it.
Tell us about your app and what it does.
Follow The Weather is a web app which lets you search holiday destinations by the weather. A lot of us will be going on holidays at unusual times of the year because of COVID-19, and it frustrated me that there wasn't an easy way to see where it will be sunny and hot in, for example, October. I built this so others could quickly look for destinations by the number of sunny days and the average temperature.
How does your app work?
The app is very simple. You simply select which continents you'd be open to going to, which month you'd like to go, and then you can adjust the sliders according to yourweather preferences. Locations that meet your criteria will be marked on the map below, with a list of the cities appearing next to or below the map (dependent on whether you're using desktop or mobile).
Tell us a little about your background and how you discovered no-code tools like Bubble.
I have a mixed background, including having worked on some interesting software products. I can write a few lines of code here and there, but am by no means a software developer. I recently started using no-code tools, including Bubble, because I love the way you can build a good prototype of an idea in a really short space of time. Follow The Weather took me about two days to build (and about 2 weeks to gather the necessary data).
Why did you build your app on Bubble?
I built using Bubble because I think it would've taken me weeks to code it from scratch. I love that you can make such quick progress on Bubble, which allows you to test the product with users without investing too much of your time.
What have been your milestones or successes so far?
Last week I launched the web app on Hacker News (a forum run by Y Combinator). It generated a significant amount of traffic which was very exciting.
What are your next steps or future plans for your app?
I'm planning to integrate Skyscanner, so users can quickly see the cost of flights to each destination.
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