Techie Travel Planning Made Easy

Traveling is stressful stuff, especially if you're traveling with a family! Since airports are becoming progressively more tech-savvy with their smartphone ticket scanners and fancy (albeit invasive) security measures, it doesn't make sense anymore to come armed with a folder full of paper tickets and itineraries. Here's how technology can can make your travel planning easier.

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TripIt for travel planning

TripIt is a travel planning website, and it does a fantastic job of bringing vacation planning into the 21st century. Here's how it works.

1Input your travel plans

You can start to plan each trip by inputting your travel plans by hand, but I've found that the best -- and easiest -- way to plan your travel is with an e-mail.

2E-mail your itinerary

Easier than inputting your travel plans, simply forward your flight itinerary to a tailored TripIt e-mail address that the site provides for you.

3Your "Trip Page"

TripIt uses your itinerary information to put together a basic outline of the trip, populating a "Trip Page" with detailed flight information and the length of time the trip will last. By picking out the destinations in your intinerary, TripIt figures out which cities you'll be visiting (including layovers) and automatically attaches maps of each place to the itinerary, compliments of Google Maps.

4Update with hotel arrangements

Once you make hotel arrangements, simply forward that information to the personalized TripIt e-mail you are given, and your accommodations will be immediately updated into your travel plans, including detailed maps of each hotel with check-in and check-out times.

5Add your travel activities

TripIt also allows you to attach other documents like restaurant reservations, activities, notes and driving directions. And just like that, within 15 minutes, you'll have a handy little travel itinerary filled with flight info, hotel information and reservation numbers.

TripIt Pro

TripIt also has a Pro version that allows you to track frequent travel points, get flight status updates and gives you complimentary membership to the Hertz #1 Gold Club and entrance to a host of airport business lounges.

TripIt is smartphone-friendly

TripIt's simple interface makes it an extremely helpful travel addition, and makes it even more essential because you can view and edit all of your information on a mobile device. By downloading a quick phone app, all of your travel information is stored on your phone or iPad and can be pulled up in a jiffy at the airport, hotel or car rental station -- it makes TripIt a real life-saver when it comes to organizing multiple passengers, flights and reservation numbers. So instead of spending time stressing about organizing your travel plans, you can actually enjoy your travels without having to worry about the logistics.

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Comments

Comments on "Technology that makes travel planning easy"

Gargi December 31, 2010 | 8:39 PM

Good technology used for Travel planning.

mike December 31, 2010 | 4:17 PM

This is pretty cool, I can see technology like this having many travel planning applications. I already utilize a gps so something that even updates hotel arrangements would be even more of a boon

jess December 30, 2010 | 6:19 AM

I can't even remember travel planning without the technology of today!

shafiya December 28, 2010 | 10:48 PM

travel planning,i am interesting on technology

Melissa December 28, 2010 | 4:24 PM

Technology sure can make travel planning a breeze! Thanks for the suggestions!

shafiya December 28, 2010 | 7:59 AM

travel planning,very good technology

Katy December 27, 2010 | 12:25 PM

I loved this article. It's amazing how much technology has helped travel planning.

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