Ah, summer vacations! Fun-filled family road trips, scenic places, warm beaches, and unexpected occurrences that we look back on and laugh about. But there’s one thing that most people don’t usually consider about summer vacations and what helps to make them all the more appealing before they really even begin.
Let me a paint a brief picture for you.
You secure the hotel room and have created a tentative itinerary for the family about a month in advance. You can’t help but tell coworkers, family, and friends on social media about your plans. The car is clean and packed the night before you all plan to take off the next morning, and you can barely sleep that night.
So what’s the catch?
According to The Huffington Post and a 2010 study published in the Applied Research in Quality of Life journal, the planning and anticipation of a vacation usually overshadows the trip itself.
When we make plans for a summer vacation, we’re looking forward to having a blast and taking some time off to enjoy life’s little moments. Planning is able to have a profound impact upon our moods - which can also say a lot if we don’t plan.
The Huffington Post also mentions how if vacationers had a stressful experience or didn’t really enjoy the trip, their happiness was comparable to those who had not even had a vacation.
So if you’re planning a trip soon, we’ve put together a list of 5 planning apps to help make your trip one for the books.
A name that many trust when it comes to finding reputable places to stay, eat, and enjoy themselves while on vacation. While the app won’t allow you to necessarily keep track of plans, it can lead you to destinations you’re interested in and even see some of the best attractions in your area. Additionally, you can also book your hotel and flight in one place. One of the more helpful features of TripAdvisor’s app is the ability to read reviews, see images, and arrange your plans based from others’ experiences.
This can be your go-to for storing critical information for your trip to include your confirmation numbers, directions, contact information, and more. You can also sync your calendar with their app be it Google Calendar, Outlook, or Apple iCal and share your trip information with others for convenience sake. For a fee, you can also see changes in real time to your flight and find out if a better seat is available (quite nifty!)
If you travel for business pretty often, this would be a helpful go to for your needs. For free, you can check your flight’s status in real time, save cool places you stumble across, and share your trip information with friends. TripCase is an where you can store documentation to access later. And with a free flight status check, I think it’s pretty awesome!
If you’ll be finding yourself on the road again, this app is for you. Whether you’re planning a weekend getaway or a scenic drive with your family, this helpful app allows you to enter in your starting point and destination and then it directs you right on your way. You’ll also get recommendations for food stops, entertainment, and accommodations. Remove last minute guesswork and download RoadTrippers for a digital guide.
One more app for our business travelers is WorldMate which has features similar to TripIt and TripCase by allowing you to store your itinerary information, keep track of appointments, and even use LinkedIn to keep you connected. Kind of like a appointment system with specific features for travelers. This app also provides alerts for your destinations, scheduled plans, and a currency converter. A nice digital assistant while you’re on the go.
And once your plans are neatly tucked and folded away, it’s time to round off business responsibilities. Have a report that you need to make on clients? Not a problem.
One of our latest features is our Dashboard which we’ll be talking more about soon in upcoming posts. If you’re already a TimeTap user, you can download, print, or share reports on your clients all through our online scheduling system. If you'd like to customize your reports, you can upgrade to our Solo Professional or Team Professional Plans:
Here’s a brief look at how to create a client report:
How to Create a Client Report
1. Log in to your TimeTap account
2. Go to your Dashboard
3. Click on "Client Reports"
4. Choose the date range, type of list you like to export, the format, and click the "Generate" or "Download" button
From here if you clicked the "Generate" button, you'll be able to see a preview of your report.
5. Print and or share appropriately
And now you've squared away any reporting necessary before your trip. Can you think of any planning tools that we’re missing? Let us know on social!
Until next time, happy planning! (we know you will be ;-)