I’m traveling today and tomorrow, heading up to Columbus, Ohio, to speak at the Ohio Bar Legal Technology Conference.
When I travel for business, I have a few tools that I heavily rely on. First among them is TripIt.
TripIt is a web-based application that helps keep even the perennially disorganized traveler on task – it provides a central place to store flight, hotel, rental car and other travel plans in a master itinerary available on your iPad, iPhone or Android phone. It also has an iCal feed so you can pipe the plans right into your Outlook or Google Calendar.
TripIt Pro ($49/year) ups the ante by adding in:
- instant alerts for flight delays and gate changes
- tracking the availability for flight refunds
- sharing the details of your trip with the folks who need to know where you are
The thing I love best about TripIt, though, is the hard edges: I don’t have to worry whether I stored my information in my calendar or Evernote or Dropbox. I know definitively, if it relates to travel, all my key information is stored in TripIt. That alone is worth the price of the Pro admission.
If you fly at all, check out the free version of TripIt and if you fly more than say, six times per year, definitely consider stepping up to the Pro.