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How to Easily Plan Your Vacation?

 An easy trick for organizing your itinerary

By
Stever Robbins,
December 19, 2011

 

Q: I’m in the midst of planning a vacation. The flights and hotel are booked, but do you have any tips on how to create a good itinerary for actually doing things?

A: My favorite trip planning website it TripIt. It’s free and will organize your vacation easily. I'm not exactly sure how I lived without it, though I know, theoretically, that I once did.

Forward your confirmation emails to TripIt and it will figure out all your travel details and construct an itinerary for you. It will include weather reports, restaurants, maps, and so on. It will compile your airline, train, and bus tickets. It handles car rentals, hotel reservations, and custom events if you want to create itinerary entries for meetings or meals or restaurant outings.

TripIt will also give you a calendar feed you can import into Outlook or iCal, and your travel plans will automagically show up on your calendar. You can connect your TripIt account to your friends, and you'll be able to see where they are at any given time. This makes it easy to arrange meet-ups with your loved ones, stalk your exes, and avoid meeting up with that guy you only gave your business card to because you really wanted to meet his friend.

 

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