Words by Caroline; photos by Brooke.
I’m big on using iPhone apps to keep my travels organized as otherwise I would definitely miss trains and get lost on the way to hostels. But now I have another app I can add to my list. I downloaded TripRider after buzz from other bloggers and I now understand why. Not only is the layout easy to use, but it’s stylish too, with images of maps and photographs of destinations.
TripRider is the ultimate trip planning tool, taking you from start to finish — from packing list to an entire recap of your trip in one beautiful PDF download.
Features worth noting:
- Packing List
- Itinerary (Trip Plan)
- Budget Tracking
- Trip Diary
“Briefing” displays all the information for the trip you’ve already entered. It displays the dates you will be traveling and how many days until your departure. It lists the countries you will be visiting, who you will be traveling with, your budget, how many items you still need to pack, and other essential information. It’s basically the quick list of everything you need to know.
The “Packing List” tab lets you list everything you might need to bring, assuming you’ve already double checked your Ultimate Female Travel Packing Lists! Then, check each item off as you put it in your bag.
Staying within your budget can make or break a trip. Luckily this app also has that expense-tracking capability. Just enter your expenses as they come (choose your currency, too) and it keeps track of the rest. Categorize your expenses to keep better tabs on where all your money is going!
Whether you just want to keep a detailed account of where you go and what you do each and every day of your trip (great for bloggers who want to take notes as you go), or if you want to then share your stories with the world – the trip diary feature lets you input your daily stories and attach photos of the adventure. You will be thankful you used this after your trip is said and done.
In the wallet screen, you will find a place to store your important travel documents, be it passport information, visas or hotel reservations. You also have a place to store your credit card information in case it gets lost or stolen. The ticket screen allows you to take a picture or type the number of tickets for tours or flights. And lastly, there is an “other” screen to store any additional information. BEST OF ALL: This section can be password protected… or set to self-destruct after 10 incorrect password attempts!
Extra features: The “Maps” screen lets you photograph maps of your destination so you don’t have to worry about getting lost (or just losing your paper maps when on the move). The “Quick Notes” section let you jot down ideas, tips, contact details, etc. you might need to keep safe. The “Must See” section lets you create a list of the sights you really want to visit while in a destination, and then tick them off as you go.
The “Trip Book” feature allows you to download a final summary of your journey, including budget, itinerary and diary, into a pretty PDF package.
Overall, I think TripRider is an excellent tool for keeping organized while traveling because of the fact it brings together functions of many different apps into one. You don’t have to fret over lost paperwork and memories because TripRider stores it all in ONE convenient location!
>> If you like the look of the TripRider app (available on iPhone, iPad and iPod), head over to the App Store to purchase.
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