Planning a trip can be a lot. Especially if you’re Type A like me and want to keep tabs on everything in one place with confirmations, links, notes, and detailed itineraries.
Here’s a list of my go-to apps that make travel planning easier.
Wanderlog is my hands-down favorite travel app. It is fun to use and can be accessed from a browser or on the road via the app. You can invite collaborators, create a day-by-day itinerary, create lists of restaurants and must-visit sites, and plot your drive with built-in tools. The free version is robust but if you need to access your trip plan offline – like when you don’t have a data plan while overseas – the paid version will better meet your needs.
If you’ve ever used Expensify you’ll be familiar with this next feature. Forward your receipts – like your flight, Airbnb or hotel confirmations – and Wanderlog will add them to your itinerary and even total the expenses. This is so helpful if you’re trying to stick to a budget but spreadsheets aren’t for you.
Tried and true classic. There are many travel templates floating around and Google makes it easy to invite people to edit alongside you.
I like to create sections for each day and drop in relevant information like hotel addresses and confirmations along with my plans for sightseeing and restaurant reservations.
This works well if you’re a person who wants a printed copy to keep with you. If you include links, you can also access them from the Google Docs app while traveling.
When you need another traveler’s recommendation, head to TripAdvisor. You’ll find honest reviews of restaurants, activities, and sightseeing destinations across the world. Have a question you can’t find an answer to? Post it on their boards and you’re bound to connect with another travel.
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