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How to create an uber travel itinerary in one easy step – TripIt

Posted by Miss Maccy on Apr 29, 2009 in Gadget Love, Planning
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One of the great things about booking through a travel agent was getting a nicely printed up travel itinerary with all of your transport and accommodation options detailed out. Well now you can create something even groovier – I assure you it makes travel agency print offs look ever so last century.

The one easy step, is that you have to join TripIt. It is completely free to join and very easy to sign up. There is a second step, although it is so easy I figured it didn’t really count as a step. Once you have recieved email confirmations of flights, accommodation and transport bookings, you forward the emails to plans@tripit.com
TA DAH!!! Magic, super glossy itinerary created with almost zero effort on your part!!! How fabulous is that?

A good thing to bear in mind if you have several hundred email addresses *ahem* is to use the same one as the majority of your trip arrangements. If you get conformations sent to a different email address, forward them to the address you signed up with at TripIt and then forward on again to TripIt. Or you can add additional secondary email addresses to your TripIt account (do this BEFORE you forward the emails).

Then there are some cool tricks your wonder itinerary can perform.

  1. You can invite friends and rellies to view or contribute to trips
  2. You can create a little trip badge for your blog – scroll riiiiiiiiiiiiight down to the bottom of this page, no keep going, there – on the right hand side is my little TripIt badge. Cool huh? If you’re really observant, you’ll know it used to be a Dopplr one, but they snooze, they loose.
  3. If you need to, you can edit the details and / or add details manually
  4. It has maps – loads of maps! map of Milan
  5. There are also links right on the itinerary for checking flight status, online check in, and stroke-of-genius seat recommendations which links you to the plane model in Seat Guru.
  6. Check Flight

  7. Also right there in the itinerary are little weather forecasts – you can even choose Fahrenheit or Celsius for the display. weather piccie
  8. You can of course print off or email your itinerary
  9. And Holy Calendar Integration Batman – it actually creates an ical subscription.

But the fun doesn’t stop there! There are several iPhone / iPod touch applications that integrate with TripIt! Yep, more choices than you can shake a stick at!

First up there is a free TripIt app that basically is a bookmark for the web based service. I’m not a big fan of these types of Apps. Probably a hang over from starting out with an iPod touch where you can only access web pages using free wi-fi, which in Australia would be… the comfort of your own home – so you might as well be using your computer anyway.

Secondly is Flight Track Pro. Now this looks very smooth and great, especially if you need little maps with pictures of where your plane is flying.

But the one I really, truly love and hence handed over dosh for, is TravelTracker with TripIt
TravelTracker App

This app imports all of your TripIt data including accommodation and transport. It keeps this data when you are offline (yay). It has links to check flight status. The phone numbers for contacts are directly clickable for those with iphones. It also has a separate weather component and a few travel preparation lists (they are quite basic but a nice touch anyway).
The only thing it is missing is the linking to Google maps for the addresses.

Completely fantastic – all without typing anything in on my iphone and only adding a few extra details on my computer.

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Intrinsic-schminzic (Family Organizers Part II)

Posted by Miss Maccy on Feb 21, 2009 in Planning

I believe intrinsic motivation is a wonderful thing. In this house I try and harness the power of intrinsic motivation as much as possible. Unfortunately, that tends to mean if it isn’t on an ipod or Mac, it’s not within the sphere of influence. Also, in computer land, it’s very easy to get caught up and the next thing you know three weeks have gone by and no laundry has been done (I do exaggerate slightly here for literary purposes). Some boring old chores have to be done on a regular basis and anything that helps us get into that groove around here is welcomed with open arms.

Kid's Goal Charts So although I haven’t adopted any of the whizzie-woo-woo family organizers, we have fully embraced Goal For It. Although Goal For It has some great social networking type features, it’s the ability to set up customizable kid’s goal charts that makes this so brilliant. You can choose from a selection of charts and stickers to create each chart. The rewards or ‘moolah” are entirely up to you to determine the number of points and the reward. I’m very impressed with the fact that you can choose which days tasks need to be completed and configure the points value for each task. So far the kid’s have really enjoyed coming and choosing virtual stickers to go on their charts. It’s helped all of us stay on track on a daily basis.

Ok, I confess that I have even made myself up a sticker chart as well. There’s something very satisfying about rewarding yourself with a big yellow smiley face 🙂 or princess crown. It satisfies the inner brat in us all. There are plenty of other good features for adults on the site . You can set up adult style goals and track daily progress. You can journal and network with other people who share the same goals, if you need to get all serious about it. And best of it, it’s free. 

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