When I travel with my family, I need things to be as simple as possible. My bride and I have three littles aged 9, 6 and 4 so travel is already complex with all these little people, their gear, and managing it all.
To help, I wanted to profile two apps that I couldn’t operate without in life or on vacation.
Let Evernote be your brain
Evernote is an app that’s been around for a long time. While the service started as a note-taking application to help you keep lists, thoughts and random notes in notebooks, the service has grown into so much more.
Evernote can keep text notes and pictures, permits you to scan business cards automatically and stores it all. You can use Evernote’s app for Windows or Mac – access it on your mobile phone or iPad. Evernote is pretty much everywhere and can do all things.
So, let’s break down how busy travelers can get use out of this Swiss Army of an app.
Keep track of all your travel confirmations in one place. What do you do with all those car/hotel/airline reservations? Email them to Evernote so they’re easily searchable and findable. I have an Evernote note that has all my loyalty numbers across my hotel/car loyalty programs. That way, when I need to check in to my flight, I find my Delta number with ease.
Keep business contacts close at hand. As a travel blogger, I meet hotel marketing personnel, restaurant managers and others who want to keep in touch. The problem with business cards is that they’re easy to lose. With Evernote’s mobile app, I quickly snap a photo of the card and Evernote automatically reads the card, phone numbers etc, and adds the contact to my contacts (if I choose) and will also add them on LinkedIn. Super handy!
Clip vacation ideas and have them in one place. Like many parents, I plan out our vacations during the weeks and month ahead of a trip. I’ll find articles online and clip them using the Evernote Clipper so I can easily organize them by destination.
That way, when my wife asks me what was that one museum in Portland we can’t miss – I can easily search in Evernote and see all my clippings in one place.
Manahe trip to-dos in Wunderlist
Okay, now that we’re talking about to-dos, go right now and download Wunderlist. This is a simple to-do app and using it is a big time-saver.
You can use Wunderlist and create lists for all aspects of your trip, including such travel-related to-dos as book the car, pack the sippy cups, follow up with Grandma about crashing at her place, etc.
My wife and I make a shopping list such as “Seattle Trip Target Checklist.” That way, when my wife needs something at Target for our trip, she uses the app to add it there and I know what to get as I’m shopping. I get an alert that an item’s been added and she gets an alert when I check it off as I travel around Target.
Wunderlist also allows you to assign tasks. So if my wife needs to book the flight *and* contact the airline to ensure we get seats all next to each other, I can assign that task to her and she’ll be alerted that I have.
Wunderlist is super handy for staying in sync with upcoming trips and all the tasks and to-dos associated with them.
Now it’s your turn: What’s your favorite app for staying sane when you travel?