7 Awesome Tools to Help You Plan and Manage Your Travels

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More travelers today want to skip agency costs and start their independent adventure. This way travelers are able to make their own itineraries and feel much more free while wandering around unknown cities and having interesting conversations with people they meet on trains or hostels.

7 Awesome Tools to Help You Plan and Manage Your Travels

The downside is that these trips require better organization and are much more exhausting than pre-paid vacation packages. Fortunately, there are plenty of apps and tools that can help travelers in organizing their independent trips.

TripAdvisor
This is the most famous travel planning application that contains the largest repository of destination, logging and restaurant reviews, photos, events and information about local culture. It is good for different kinds of trips from weekend getaways to nomad traveling around the world.

Knowing the location you want to travel to is enough to get all possible “get in and out”, transportation, lodging, price and sight seeing information. If you don’t have your dream destination fixed, TripAdvisor can help you with that too, it can compare destinations by price, lodging availability, sights and several other relevant criteria.

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Compendium
Taking a compendium with you when going on a trip is one of the smartest things you can do. These practical folders can pack everything from maps and guidebooks to tickets, passport, USB drives and tablets. Now they are also made on the order, so you can choose everything from leather quality to a wide variety of different pockets and bulks.

Some manufacturers are also making very stylish promotional compendiums, for people who want to express themselves while traveling.

WorldMate
People who travel on business are probably the most common group of travelers you meet on flights. Their trips are usually not as interesting as the ones made by independent travelers, but with good organizational skills and some help from the WorldMate application trip like that can become can become a real adventure, paid by the company.

This application is very business-friendly and it combines all of your itineraries, reservations and travel times with appointments and meetings from your business-schedule. It offers integrations with LinkedIn and other travel apps and your travel info can be pulled into the application with its practical TripCatch service.

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Road Atlas
Orientation is one of the most important things while traveling. It doesn’t matter if you are hitchhiking, road tripping or traveling by train, good, detailed and practical road atlas is a definite necessity on an independent trip.

There would be times when you’re not going to be able to catch wi-fi or your smartphone will be out of battery, and you can end up loosing several hours just for finding the right way. Situations like these can spoil your entire vacation. To prevent this from happening you should always carry a lightweight atlas with detailed maps of areas you are planning to visit.

TripIt
Unlike TripAdvisor this application can’t suggest destinations to travel to and sights to see. Its main purpose is to organize all of your travel technicalities, which include: reservations, transportation tickets, etc.

TripIt does that like a boss and that’s why this app doesn’t need a special introduction. It is one of the most popular tools for organizing your travels and it gives you the opportunity to share your plans with friends and family, so they can organize their schedule is order to see you or pick you up from the airport.

One of the best features that comes with this app is the notification about better seat in the plane, then the one you are trying to book.

The Unusual One
These are not that useful for the organization as much as it’s just cool to have a few.

Personalized stubby coolers. I said it. I own it. I own a few. It keeps your beer cold (which is a must) and it can look awesome when you brand it with a profound message: “Alcohol is never the answer… But it does make you forget the question.”

Regular Guidebook
With the emergence of all those travel applications, people thought that classic paper guidebooks are going to disappear from the market. Lonely Planet, that’s by far the most popular guidebook publisher is still rockin’ and the same goes for Brandt and many other guidebook publishing companies.

These guidebooks are very useful since they provide all the information about the sights, transportation, lodging, clubbing and local eateries, plus some additional info about the local culture, customs, food, music, or anything else that’s characteristic for the destination you choose.


June 12, 2015 |

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