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My Tech Travel Lifesavers | March 2014

Planning for trips can be one of the most exciting things to do, but it can also be super stressful. Below are some of my favourite travel apps and websites that have been lifesavers and have made this whole trip planning experience super organised and enjoyable!

In no particular order:

Skyscanner: This is the best way to check out all the best deals for flights from anywhere, to
anywhere. It gives you all the flight details (connection flights, waiting times,) on the website and is then able to direct you to the right place to buy the tickets. There are plenty of options to customise your search, making it the perfect flight finder.

Trip Advisor: This website it THE BEST way to find everything you need to have a good time while away. The website gives visitors options for the best accommodation, activities, attractions, landmarks and places to eat, each with customisable options within these categories. All the advice is based off reviews from real people. You are able to read reviews left by people who have been to the places, see photographs they have taken and use reviews to make up your own mind. You can also “add” the places you like to “your trip”, which allows you to go back later and see what caught your eye. This is great if you’re looking for cheap, but still comfortable accommodation, or if you’re wanting to plan an itinerary with must-see attractions.

There are also Trip Advisor Apps that you can download which have features like downloadable maps of major cities around the world. These come with the same information about the city attractions you’d find on the website, so you have your own travel guide on your phone. Perfect!

I find Tripomatic ideal for making a basic itinerary. It gives you options to find accommodation, transport and activities in the area you’re planning on staying in, while plotting a route and telling you how long it will take you to get from A to B to C etc.

An example of a day in Paris. Add your activities, accommodation and transport.

You are then able to download and print your itinerary as well as syncing it to the Tripomatic app for all your plans on your portable device. Similar to Trip Advisor, you can also download offline city maps.

TripIt: TripIt is ideal for documenting all the super important things, like flights details, hotel confirmation details, attraction ticket reference numbers and all the other things you will need. I like to think of this as the adult itinerary, just because it holds all the important itinerary details, while Tripomatic is the more fun, younger, free spirit (ha ha). Either way, they are both super useful in their own way and I use them together as they have different strengths (and purposes).

Example of what the shell of your TripIt itinerary might look like.

And the very lucky last;
Currency Calculator: This may seem like a complete no-brainer, but I thought I’d chuck it in anyway. Pretty much a currency calculator is the best way to figure out whether you’re being ripped off, if something’s a bargain or just to figure out what the “real” price is.
Hopefully this has been a helpful post, perhaps you’ve heard of or used some of these travel tools or know of some that are even better/similar. I’d love to hear from you if you have, so feel free to drop a comment below.

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