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What tools do you use to plan your travel?


by @kaizenpreneur | 3yr  | 6 comments

What tools do you use to map out your travel plans for the year ahead (if you even do) - I donโ€™t mean tools for finding cheap flights - but the actual schedule planning.

For example, for 2018 I have certain locations that I need to be in at certain times of the year. They are fairly set in stone with a little flexibility.

Iโ€™ve then got a hit list of destinations that Iโ€™d like to build into that plan through the year. Not all will happen, some Iโ€™d like to prioritise and add to the plan right away, with the others as maybes and will be more spur of the moment.

Iโ€™m keen to look at a calendar type view where I can play around with different schedules. Iโ€™d thought something like tripit but I think this works best when you have already booked but I want to create a few versions to see how they look before going out to book.

Maybe it is colour coded or overlays

  • Booked
  • Planned
  • Maybe

Thanks
Jon

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@lricci | 2yr

+1 This is exactly how we do it as well!

georgebaltakDec '17
+1 for TripIt to have all your key flight and booking information available while youโ€™re on-the-go. Super useful app. Just forward your confirmations and it automatically sorts them in a clean way.

To get a really quick idea of going from point A to point B, I use Rome 2 Rio or Google Maps.

But probably my most useful tool for planning, brainstorming and organizing my travels is Trello. (although not meant specifically for travel)

I have a simple Trello board set up for my future travel destinations, each card is 1 location. I can make checklists, attach links, screenshots, comments, etc. to each card when I hear about something I must try there or some useful information. That way I have everything in one place for each individual location. You can also add color-coded labels or due dates to the cards.

But I use Google Sheets for some aspects of my travel as well like managing my credit cards, airline points, alliances, etc.

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@georgebaltak | 3yr

+1 for TripIt to have all your key flight and booking information available while youโ€™re on-the-go. Super useful app. Just forward your confirmations and it automatically sorts them in a clean way.

To get a really quick idea of going from point A to point B, I use Rome 2 Rio or Google Maps.

But probably my most useful tool for planning, brainstorming and organizing my travels is Trello. (although not meant specifically for travel)

I have a simple Trello board set up for my future travel destinations, each card is 1 location. I can make checklists, attach links, screenshots, comments, etc. to each card when I hear about something I must try there or some useful information. That way I have everything in one place for each individual location. You can also add color-coded labels or due dates to the cards.

But I use Google Sheets for some aspects of my travel as well like managing my credit cards, airline points, alliances, etc.

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@tkrunning | 3yr

Itโ€™s not exactly what youโ€™re asking for, but for me TripIt kinda serves this purpose. The default behavior is that โ€œtripsโ€ are generated when you add bookings, but thereโ€™s nothing stopping you from adding tentative trips before you book anything.

You can also see all your flight/hotel/airbnb bookings and โ€œtripsโ€ (including those with no bookings yet) in whatever calendar you use, so you should be able to get a birdโ€™s eye view over the whole year.

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@ibobriakov | 3yr

Good question actually!
I was not able to find a proper online tool for that, so Iโ€™ve ended with olโ€™good Google Spreadsheet, where I place days as columns (or weeks if for longer-term planning), and then I just color and label cells for planned trips.

Nothing really beats UI of spreadsheet, if we think about data representation stuff :slight_smile:

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@adamnowek | 3yr

I use a combination of the map with destination list here on Nomad List and Flight Radar 24 (considering Iโ€™m usually flying to places, itโ€™s at least generally indicative of my travels).

Sadly, nothing has ever reached the pinnacle of Dopplr. I used a couple of alternatives that basically tried to emulate their interface, but neither of them lasted very long.

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@markbrooks | 3yr

Shame about Dopplr. Nokia bought it and nixed it. Luckily I was always using Tripit alongside it. They actually have a business model so I feel like my long term travel records are safe there. Its handy to reference past travels there and their membership is actually worth considering. Also love the planner on Nomadlist of course. Nice as a place to share travel plans. I use a domain to forward into it. See my Jolly Voyage plans at Jolvo com :slight_smile:

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Browsing this forum a lot, I learned that the best option for mobile data is buying a local SIM card in pretty much every country I go to. Ok, thatโ€™s manageable.

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  2. Anyone living tethered to Tmux / Vim on a Linode (or other VPS) full-time? Iโ€™m not drinking the Vim Koolaid (or well-aged single malt) yet, but might consider it if thereโ€™s a tangible reason for it.

  3. Is the hardware trade-off likely to hurt a lot? $500 - $600 buys quite a lot of laptop, running Intel 4th gen processors + the never-ending clunkiness of trying to make Ubuntu work on Windows hardware. Where should I expect to feel the pain on a Pixel C?

  4. Anyone figuring out a semi-reliable way to multi-task with multiple windows in Android? For example, how painful would it be to run two terminal sessions, a Cloud9 window, and a Rails tutorial window at the same time, switching between them constantly?

  5. Is there a compelling reason to consider an Ipad Air 2 over the Pixel C? Theyโ€™re in the same ballpark, and though Iโ€™ve stuck with Android as a phone OS, Iโ€™m very used to working within the Apple ecosystem for work stuff (downloading El Capitan as I type this).

Note: Iโ€™m fairly anti-Windows these days, especially as a dev environment (havenโ€™t used it since XP), so an older Surface isnโ€™t likely to be a good alternative unless the Ubuntu support is rock solid :smile:

Thanks! All feedback appreciated.

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by @thesuedetiger | 5yr 5 years ago | 4 comments

Hi all,

A few questions for all you nomadic freelance developers out there:

  1. what tools do you use/how do you monitor your productivity if youโ€™re not held accountable by a team?

  2. do you ever have problems getting new clients/work due to the (misinformed) belief that you canโ€™t be productive when travelling?

This is interesting to me as I currently work as part of a team of devs that run scrum/agile development and we can track our productivity as a dev team and show those results to our clients and prospective new customers.

Iโ€™m looking at going nomad very soon so wondering how you individual freelancers deal with this?

Cheers

Paul

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