I usually am very apprehensive of travel arrangements. I'm awful with maps and get phobic when I see Airline or travel sites. So I usually let the other person do the arrangements for me. How convenient. Well that was until I had actually needed to take care of it myself. Facing my inevitable apprehensive reaction, I decided to get an app that might help me remain organized. And so I got TripIt.
TripIt allows you to organize your entire trip itinerary as well as to consult it in byte sized steps. Trips are introduced like a blog entry under which you can add plans for travel and activities such as concerts, restaurant reservations and more. Each plan can be registered with a high degree of detail, including passenger data and maps. The only problem is that you'll have to insert everything manually.
Well, that's not entirely true. TripIt can pickup travel details and create plans by scanning data from e-mails. Of course, that if you have them in email form. Once you're set though, information can be consulted easily. Trip details are presented very clearly which makes it a breeze to check when running from gate to gate at the airport, or when searching for the restaurant's phone number.
The paid version of TripIt eliminates ads (which are not exactly annoying) and enables the Point Tracker feature which tracks your travel reward points and stores them in one place.
At its core, TripIt is a very simple app. What I would have liked is for it to be more user friendly. Although travel plans look great, creating them can be a pain the butt. For example, having multiple legs in a car voyage means that you need to manually type in locations twice, once as destinations and then as starting points. A thing that would logically be easy to do via a combo box. Other than that, TripIt works fine. I would just avoid the paid version until they give more attention to the interface.