I wanted to share with you a great tool that I use to help plan all my journeys. I find it particularly useful for the style of travel that I do, as it usually involves multiple destinations and transport types which can be tough to keep track of the traditional paper based way.
The TriptIt app, which is available for free, consolidates all of your flights, accommodation, tours, and much more all into one place. It also syncs across multiple devices, so you can view your trip details on your smartphone, tablet or PC. It’s super simple to set up and use and I’ve found it absolutely invaluable in the trip planning that I have done.
To set up an account, just head over to the TripIt website (www.tripit.com) and create a log on. You’ll then set up an email address that you want to have associated with your account. I’d recommend that you use the same email address that you usually use to book your travel plans. You can also download the apps on your smartphone and tablet so you can view your plans on the go.
Once you’ve setup a log on, it’s time to start building your itinerary! This could not be any easier, simply forward the confirmation emails for your flights, accommodation voucher, transportation or tours to firstname.lastname@example.org. TripIt then magically associates this information with your account, building it all into a neat and easy to read itinerary. You can also set up TripIt to automatically scan your email inbox periodically for new plans.
If your itinerary doesn’t look quite right when you’ve imported it, or you have plans that weren’t booked online, you can easily edit or add these manually with as much or as little details as you’d like. TripIt will also alert you if plans that you have added conflict, so you’ll easily know if you’ve double booked yourself.
TripIt actually saved us from being stranded on our last trip! We thought we had booked all of our flights, however when I imported them into TripIt I quickly saw that we had not booked a flight to get from Krabi to Kuala Lumpur to make our flight home. A quick double check through our emails to make sure that there was no ticket that we hadn’t sent through to TripIt (there wasn’t), and we were able to book the flight still with plenty of time. That could have been a disaster!
Some the other things I love about TripIt are the stats that it has (being as obsessed with data as I am!). On the desktop version, it has stats like how many cities and countries you’ve visted, how many trips you’ve taken, and even how many kilometres you’ve travelled! Certainly not essential, but really cool to know. My very favourite feature is the countdown timer (visible on the app and the desktop version), which quickly shows you at a glance how many days you have remaining until your next trip.
There are also paid versions of TripIt that may be useful for business or frequent travellers. These include features like advising you if your gate changes for your flight, tracking frequent flyer points, and finding you the best fares. I haven’t utilised this, as the free version has been more than enough to fulfil my needs.
So if you’re looking for an app to keep all of your travel plans in one place, I couldn’t recommend TripIt highly enough. It’s super simple to use, and it’s fantastic to be able to look at your plans at a glance and see what you’ve booked and what is still outstanding.
*Please note that I am not affiliated with TripIt, nor did I receive any discount or commission for reviewing them – they actually didn’t even know that I’d be writing a blog post! All opinions are my own.