With the exception of boarding passes, I tend to prefer
paper maps and itineraries on leisure trips. But I recently had the chance to
use an itinerary app from my travel agent, and I was more than surprised by how
much I used it during and after the trip.
My agent, Carol Rowland, owner of Recess 4 Grownups, a
Nexion affiliate, sent my wife and me physical and digital itineraries before
our honeymoon to Scotland this fall. She also provided us with a link to
download Trip Plans, an app branded to Recess 4 Grownups, detailing each day of
our trip. The app is powered by Travefy.
Truthfully, I only downloaded the app because I wanted a
backup if something happened to our paper copies. I love technology, but I
thought I preferred paper.
I thought wrong.
I used the app almost exclusively on our trip because it was
so easy to navigate. The home screen features the name of our trip, "Scotland
Honeymoon," superimposed on an image of the iconic Eilean Donan castle.
Right underneath is Rowland's name, photo and contact information with options
to call or email her or visit her website.
A link to documents with our travel insurance was followed
by links to a day-by-day breakdown of our itinerary. Each day provided blurbs
about our next events -- whether it was checking out of a hotel, picking up a
rental car or going to an activity or tour -- as well as contact information
and links to maps for each. Photos provided a visually pleasing interface.
Documents are also attached when applicable.
Far and away, the best thing about the app was its orderly
list of our activities from morning to night. On a trip that combined cities
and many stops in the Highlands, with multiple activities every day on a road
trip, it was extremely useful to keep track of where we needed to be and when.
And there was a bonus: As soon as we got home and started
sorting through our photos from multiple cameras, we were easily able to order
them correctly, thanks to the app, when our memories failed.