Trips, even small trips, require significant planning, and all of the requisite paperwork.
Booking confirmations, receipts, e-tickets, maps, website urls, travel insurance information, addresses, phone numbers, dates and times – the list of important information to preserve and have easy access to goes on and on.
Of course, the longer/more complex the trip, the more paperwork involved.
Amy of the Slow Travel Talk forums would like to know how others manage all of this travel information:
I was wondering how others organize the details of their complex travels. I keep my trip emails … in separate email folders. … to double-check everything I make post-its of the details, and arrange them onto a board so I can check lodging dates with deposit and balance info, transportation details, tours I might book, to-do lists, and see what might be missing. I tie everything together with Tripit to have an online source of all the info as I travel, and also print out that document.
Always looking for better ideas–how do you do it?
Based on the replies so far it seems most travelers prefer some combination of the following methods to manage their trip planning data:
- Google products (Gmail, Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets)
- Non-Google cloud-based and file sharing solutions like Microsoft OneDrive, iCloud, DropBox, etc
- Files saved directly on a laptop and/or printed and stored in a physical binder
Needless to say, all of these methods have their pros and their cons. And the discussion is really informative as travelers share their various methods in detail, and the reasoning behind them.
What really caught my attention though was the almost unanimous support of TripIt.
I don’t say that to imply that TripIt doesn’t deserve the kudos. But no one – not one person who has replied on this thread to date – even mentions Kayak’s My Trips app, TripCase, WorldMate, or any other trip planning app.
Amongst those participating in this discussion at least, TripIt appears to be the only trip planning app worth using.
TripIt is undoubtedly a great app and serves many thousands of travelers well every day. And it was the first truly enterprise-class app launched in its category.
Still, it’s dominance in this discussion is somewhat surprising. While being first to market is no doubt important, it’s also relatively rare that being first to market with regard to travel applications results in long term market dominance – especially when big boys like Kayak and Sabre decide to enter the fray.
I would be curious to hear what ThreadTripping readers think about this. Is this just a case where the sample size (one discussion thread) is too small to draw any conclusions, or is TripIt still the leader by a substantial stretch in the trip planning application category?
And do you use any trip methodologies not mentioned in the thread?
Read the thread in its entirety: How Do You Prefer to Organize Travel Details?