I’ve been using Tripit for some time now, and having had a look at what else is on offer I am firmly in the Tripit camp when it comes to travel itinerary planning and managing. And Tripit keeps on getting better.
Currently I can see at a glance four upcoming trips – some more planned out than others, and all of my past trips including where I stayed and restaurants I visited which can be helpful if you want to make a repeat visit. I can view each item by line listing within each trip, or click on a listing for the full details.
Tripit stores information by individual trips which you give names and dates to at the start. From then on you can just send confirmation emails to firstname.lastname@example.org and they’re immediately entered in whichever trip is applicable. So you can send a hotel reservation confirmation for California in October an Open Table confirmation for a restaurant in London in August and a flight reservation for December and it will automatically allocate each to the correct trip.
The other advantage of Tripit – although this now applies to most travel planning applications, is that you can access Tripit from you desktop, laptop or smartphone. There’s very little manual updating needed now, as we book most things online, but you can if you want add, edit and delete items at will.
A new feature on Tripit is Nearby Places, so when you click through from an itinerary listing it will give you suggestions about restaurants, cafes, stores and ATMs.
You can, if you want, sign up to Tripit Pro, which offers flight alerts and more, however I already get these from FlightViewElite for a far lower cost as well as from my airline apps and one of the best things about Tripit is that it’s free.
The problem once you start using Tripit is that because it does so much and stores so much information about what you’re going to do and what you did last year (and the year before), not to mention making updating your trips so easy, you’ll never want to try another travel planning app. But then why bother? This is tech at it's most useful.