I have started traveling a bit more, and keeping up with my itinerary information is always a problem. I have the itinerary in an email on my laptop, but it is never very accessible when I am standing at the counter and they are asking for my confirmation number. I also usually have the itinerary printed out in my briefcase, but it always seems to get mixed in with all the other papers and receipts, so again I can’t find it quickly. There should be a easy solution for this problem. There is – Tripit.
Tripit is a free online service that will keep track of your itinerary and download it to an app on your iPhone. It is amazingly simple. You get your itinerary from the travel agent, online travel service or airline, email it to email@example.com(after you set up your account), and the Tripit service processes the email and sorts it all out. It finds all the flights, hotels and rental cars and all the details about each one. Then you just bring up the Tripit iPhone app, click on the trip and see an organized itinerary with all the facts about your travel and reservations right at your finger tips.
You can set up a free account or they have a paid account that offers some additional services like notices on flight changes. (I have a friend who didn’t miss a flight because of this feature.) You can also subscribe to a calender with each travel event on it. I subscribe to the calender in outlook and it shows up with my other calenders. The only thing I had a problem with was getting these travel events on my iPhone calender. One of my colleagues told me how to send the iCal link in a email and then click the link in the email on my iPhone. The iPhone will then ask me if I want to subscribe to my Tripit calendar. Neat. You can also share your trip info with others.
Tripit has solved my problem of keeping up with my itinerary. What travel problems do you have that you have a technology solution for?
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