Are you constantly digging through your bag to find the random pieces of paper you’ve scribbled itinerary notes down on for your upcoming trip? You get to the check-in desk of your accommodation and you can’t find your booking number.
You search through your emails frantically to find the confirmation email, but even Google can’t find them. Hell, you probably even deleted it.
This is me. It’s annoying as hell. I love organisation, I just don’t have the brain to make it work. I need systems installed for me so I can easily input the information.
I could possibly have found a great solution with the recently launched TripVerse app. I’ve been trialling it in partnership with them and find it a useful travel planning tool to share.
The first sign I liked it was when I noticed you can input, and password protect, your passport and frequent flyer numbers.
Before kids, I used to have an amazing memory and could easily rattle off my passport number. Now I have to dig out my passport every time, or find my frequent flyer card amongst a hundred others in my wallet. It’s irritating. But with TripVerse I can just open the app and there it is.
What is TripVerse?
TripVerse is a travel itinerary viewer that can be read offline. It allows you to create and share your own itineraries – useful if you are travelling with others, or if you want to help others plan for their upcoming trip.
There is an app and a desktop version.
You can also view other itineraries created by other travellers in a community. When I’m travelling to a new destination, I love to see what others have done and they have a great itinerary, then why not do the same?
Saves me a lot of work researching it!
How TripVerse works
Once you create an account, you can start planning your trip by clicking ‘create a trip’ on the top bar of the main page.
Enter the location and write a short description of your trip. You can also upload a photo or link an image to the trip. If you don’t have a photo, images from Flickr will be automatically added, or you can add in the URL of the place you are visiting and pull an image from that site.
Then you can start adding activities to your itinerary and organising them into Day 1, Day 2 etc. You also have a function to label it as a bucket list activity.
The good thing about the itinerary template is you can add in the website, address and phone numbers of the places you are visiting. TripVerse works with various API’s to automatically pull these details, with a picture, for easy identification. Some of these I had to manually input.
You can create an itinerary on the app or the website. On the TripVerse website there is a list of suggested activities list, divided into various categories – sights, arts, food, coffee, shopping and nightlife.
I really like this function for discovering new things to do based on your interest. You can easily add them to your itinerary and you might find some special tips.
If you are visiting multiple cities, make sure you tag the location with all of their names when you first set up the itinerary otherwise it won’t pull that location when you use the suggested activities feature
Within the itinerary template you can also add in notes – both public and private – that can be accessed offline. Setting it up may take time, but in the long-run you’ll save a ton just by being organised and not having to fumble through maps, your notes, or try and find a decent Wi-Fi connection.
On our recent Sunshine Coast trip along the Great Sandy Beach Drive, I was able to add in the very important information on letting down our tyre pressure to 20psi. Information that I usually try and remember and then end up getting bogged in the sand because I can’t!
TripVerse Itinerary Viewer
The best thing about TripVerse is you can view your travel itinerary with all your notes, maps, location information and tips offline. Just make sure you choose ‘download trip’ from the top right tab.
This is hugely useful as Wi-Fi connection can be a challenge for travellers.
Using this app will save me so much angst in future when we travel, especially when we travel for work or on specific campaigns and have to follow an itinerary. I usually have it downloaded as a PDF and try to scroll through and find all the information that way. It’s time-consuming and painful.
My trips on TripVerse
In testing the TripVerse app, I created an itinerary based upon our recent weekend away to the Sunshine Coast. It was an amazing getaway, so I like how I can put this together to share with others who might wish to do the same. We get many readers asking us for itinerary ideas, so I think this will be useful for us to share.
We have an upcoming trip to go whale watching in Hervey Bay/Fraser Island, so I am using it at the moment to get some ideas for food and activities. I plan on having this itinerary in place and ready to go before we leave. We’ll be heading into no Wi-Fi land so this will be helpful.
What I like about TripVerse
- The itinerary template is easy to use. It’s uncomplicated and I love how it can pull information for you. Copying links and photos from sites like Yelp and Trip Advisor can add a lot of useful information.
- You can add your own photos or easily pull some from online.
- I love the suggested activity list and how it pulls all the info you need – opening hours addresses, tips etc. – and then puts them on the map. I find using maps so useful when planning so I can see how I can fit all the things in I want to do. This gives me an easy overview for travel planning. I also love how you can add in things like supermarkets!! No more Google searching on dodgy internet connection – where’s the nearest supermarket? I can have it all on my map ready before I leave! I might be an organised traveller yet!
- You can get access to it offline and it’s quick to download.
- I love the ability to add personal notes and tips and get access to what others have added. I also like how there is a private section for notes.
- The itinerary view on your app is clean and easy to read and view.
- Easy to move around activities in your itinerary with drag and drop features.
- You can share your trip with your friends. To share to FB friend, the friend needs to have a TripVerse account. To share via email, you can enter the email address, if the person is already on TripVerse he/she the trip will be added directly, if the person isn’t on TripVerse then he/she will receive a signup link in email, signing up using the link will automatically place the trip in the newly-created account
Room for improvement
- There aren’t many trips to get ideas from at the moment. But, that is because it’s only a new app. So the more people jump in the more that data base of ideas will grow
- A bit buggy when adding photos – had to drag and drop rather than upload.
- More flexible search options for the suggested activity links, as you often want to search nearby to discover new things. For example: I set up my itinerary for Harvey Bay, but then wanted to look at things for Fraser Island, which is nearby. There was no way I could pull that data from within the itinerary unless I went back to the original settings for the itinerary and added in Fraser Island as a location.
- Can be very involved process to do all the research first and then add in the info to the itinerary. It’s a fantastic app for those who love to be organised. For wingers like me, you’ll get frustrated by the time it takes to create. It’s more suited to short-term breaks, rather than long-term travel, which is a bit more unplanned and flexible. You could still use it for ideas though.
- Works best with city destinations.
- Just a personal preference, but I feel it’s best to create the itinerary first on your laptop or desktop. I feel it’s too fiddly and cumbersome to do on your mobile devices. But, I find any form of typing on a mobile device to be cumbersome. Plus, there are the suggested activities features on the website version which makes it more useful to use it there first, and then the app for your itinerary viewing offline.
- Although having all the details in one place on your phone, is extremely handy. Just make sure your phone is charged.
Future TripVerse features:
TripVerse is still in beta so currently working on new feature. Here are a few of them.
- Trip collaboration: Instead of being able to only view a shared trip, you can allow other people to add activities in your trip.
- Storytelling feature: Each activity can have multiple pictures attached (around 5) and each picture can have its own comment added to it. TripVerse will evolve to become part travel planner part journal.
- Increased interaction: Other users will be able to comment on the activities of a public trip in the form of annotations.
- Booking activities: Eventually, TripVerse will allow you to book flights, hotels, ground transportation, museum/show tickets directly from their app/site, so you can book everything you need as you plan your trip.
Sounds like some exciting things ahead with this app to help travel planning easier.
TripVerse is a smart, useful tool to help you become a more efficient traveller – both in the planning stage and when you are on the road. You can download it from the Apple Store here, or Android here. You can follow and connect with us here.
Disclaimer: This post was produced as a collaboration with TripVerse.
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