Most of the time when I book our travel, Richard is not here. He can work away between 12 days and three weeks a month.
Booking travel can be stressful enough but throw in a husband who’s not round much, three home-schooled kids and a busy itinerary and details can easily go astray.
The last thing I want is to lose travel details, turn up on the wrong day or forget to tell Rich where he needs to meet us.
So how do we do it?
My beloved phone
Although I am still really a pen and pencil type of person (yes, I plan everything on paper so I can see it laid out), my phone holds every bit of essential information I need.
I usually have every email as well as all the information from the various booking apps but is too convoluted for me and I don’t want to be checking lots of different apps to see my booking details.
There is also one much easier way to store and share travel info and that’s by using TripIt!
In a nutshell TripIt is a travel organising app that automatically creates an itinerary for every trip so you can access all your travel plans, anytime, on any device.
After you’ve downloaded the app, you simply forward all your accommodation, flight, car rental, restaurant confirmation or even gig ticket emails to firstname.lastname@example.org and they store it nicely into itineraries on the app.
What I love the most about it is that you can access it offline. If you want to know more, head over here to watch the video.
As budget travellers we use the free version of TripIt however there is a paid version that you can use too.
Now for us, it doesn’t make sense to have it because in order to get the full use, it requires connectivity which we often don’t have.
What do you get from the pro version? Real time flights alerts, change and book new flights, flight refunds and updating people on your flight details. You also get access to perks like loungebuddy and CLEAR.
Adding two email addresses
The free version has the ability to recognise more than one email address which means that more than one source can add to the plans.
We find this helpful because Rich books *many* flights for work and I often struggle to know when he’ll be around and if our plans will coincide.
HA! I know people will criticise us and say it’s a terrible reflection of our modern day life that we use an app instead of communicating but I promise you that we still communicate verbally. It’s just I often don’t remember what he’s told me!
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