It’s been a couple of big travel weeks for the folks here at Zemoga. Members of our team are scattered in a number of diverse locations around the world, including Montauk, San Diego, Chicago and Barcelona. That’s in addition to the regular team locations of Wilton, New York and Bogota.
How do we keep track of everyone’s movements and itineraries? More and more, we’re relying on TripIt, an innovative travel application that allows users to develop and share trip itineraries easily.
After creating an account, TripIt offers a number of ways to build an itinerary. Itineraries can be manually created or imported from existing files into TripIt. Best of all, if you’ve booked your hotel or transportation through a TripIt supported site like Orbitz or Travelocity, you can simply forward your confirmation e-mail to TripIt and have the information automatically integrated in to your schedule.
Once the information has been loaded into your itinerary TripIt provides you with a number of useful options. It automatically adds the weather forecast information for your destinations. It also integrates with mapping software to provide you with directions (from the airport to your hotel or your hotel to a meeting) and maps of the surrounding area. It even integrates with flight tracking software so that you can check if there have been any changes or delays in your transportation plans. And, of course, it also offers an iPhone version of the application in case you don’t want to break out your laptop.
All of these options are tremendously helpful to travelers. But for us the best part of TripIt is it’s social media functionality. You can easily import your itinerary to Outlook, iCal or other calendar software. But even more importantly, you can invite other users to join your TripIt network and share your travel plans with them. This really is a terrific bit of functionality that allows us to be much more aware of each other’s movements. Now, with a simple launch of an application, we can see where key staff members are going to be located on given dates and when and where they are headed next.
TripIt really is one of the must useful applications we’ve come across recently and best of all, it’s free. It’s quickly become an important part of our collaboration software set and you can be sure we’ll be using it even more extensively in the future (especially for planning large client trips).
Any other travel tips to share with the Zemoga team? What digital tools do you use to make your journey easier?