Trains, planes, and automobiles - that's what a typical work trip looks like for me. It can get overwhelming to keep track of flight times, transfers, and what agency I'm renting a car from. So how do you keep all of this information organized in one place, and avoid being one person at the airport/train station/bus station who has to rifle through a folder full of print outs, holding up the line and generally being frazzled? Since the one thing I always have with me is my smartphone, I use TripIt - it's a lifesaver! Check out the basics of the free version (available for both Android and IPhone):
- You can organize trip details into one master online itinerary, even if arrangements are booked at multiple travel sites. It automatically includes connection times, maps,directions, and weather so you're prepared when you get to your final destination.
- Have your travel information in multiple inboxes? No problem. Forward your itinerary to [email protected], and TripIt will pull all of the details to your account.
- If you're a frequent traveler, you might want to invest in TripIt Pro, which offers additional features like monitoring flights for airfare savings, and sending you status alerts and helpful reminders when traveling. Think of it as a personal travel assistant, in an app!
TripIt has helped me stay more organized when traveling, and gives me more time to focus on reviewing notes or work on the trip over.
How do you keep your travel plans organized? Let us know in the comments on the blog.
Tiana Epps-Johnson is the Project Manager for the Voting Information Project at NOI.