“Travel while you’re young and able. Don’t worry about the money, just make it work. Experience is far more valuable than money will ever be.” – Unknown
Many of us love to travel and our bucket list keeps growing. We plan trips after trips, save money to go even on a short journey; we crave for more and we go more. Whether you’re the spontaneous kind of travelers or the detailed-oriented-super-organized ones, you’ve got to face some amount of trip planning. It’s hard to book an airplane ticket to Thailand then hop on without knowing what’s there to expect on the other side of the planet. …
Hmmm… Well, my friends would be surprised to read all those words I’ve just written. I’ve never really liked to plan things, and oftentimes, someone else will have to do it (sorry, Rio). But for our trip to Europe, Hieu already took care of the complicated visa process so I hesitantly took the responsibility to work on our itinerary… And I’ve learnt that trip planning is a pain.
Planning for a trip can be a time-consuming and a daunting task, especially when you’re traveling to various places and cities in one journey like we did. Thankfully, I discovered this powerful app called Tripomatic – a FREE (woohoo!) travel app that allows you to search and pick attractions/ places that you want to see during your trip then create a day-by-day itinerary.
Before you proceed with excitement, I’m not commissioned by Tripomatic to rave about them with you guys. It’s just that I’m completely in love with this app and I think it’ll help you the way it has helped us.
The first thing I love about Tripomatic is that it’s visually well designed. I have to admit that I’m a sucker for beautiful things (but seriously, who isn’t?). I typically don’t like to use apps that aren’t up-to-date with new design practices and especially those that are hard to navigate. With Tripomatic, everything looks clean and easy to use. Hit the ⊕ icon on the top right corner, pick your destination, add in your trip duration, and you’re ready to plan your trip.
Tripomatic has nearly everything you really need: information on places to check out, tours, hotels, car hire, weather, and map. The places are divided into categories such as architecture, art, beach, cafe, family, food, or entertainment – making your planning much easier. If you’re traveling on a budget, the free category is something you would want to take a look.
The second thing that convinces me to make this app my go-to is what’s included in their Places list. Click on the location within your destination city and all essential info pops up – photos, short introduction, address, tickets, tours, and estimate time spent here. There’s no need to jump back and forth between Google and the app. Then, if you want to add it in your itinerary, hit the ⊕ button and pick a desired date!
Next amazing thing about this app is after you add all the locations you want to check out. You can now look through your day-by-day itinerary and Tripomatic will tell you how long it’ll take to travel from one place to another. How amazing! This feature was incredibly helpful for us to plan our days in Europe because we had to walk a lot. If the order of locations is not efficient, you rearrange it until it works best for your schedule.
What you can also use to efficiently plan your day is the map feature. It includes these tiny little circles that represent each popular locations. You can pick places that are closer to each other on the map so you don’t spend a lot of time traveling from one place to another. Those with thick, blue circles are the ones that we already had in our itinerary.
I actually love Tripomatic so much that I spent $10 upgrade to Premium Account. For a wanderlust always on a budget, it is a big deal. But what does Premium Account offer that’s worth buying? The only difference is that you get to download offline maps of whichever city you need. At first, we thought that we wouldn’t have 3G in Europe and these maps would be essential, but we ended up not using it much.
Regardless, this free app is incredibly powerful and it’ll certainly help your travel planning session much less a pain. Give it a try and I’m sure you’ll love it too!
Happy exploring, guys.