Building the itinerary for your vacation or trip can be exhausting. Not only do you need to research everything that you want to do on your trip, but you somehow need to keep track of everything! Maybe you use a Microsoft Word document or a Google spreadsheet to keep track of your plans after frantically searching online.
There must be a better way! A lot of sites will let you browse and pay for things to do, but few will let you keep track of what you plan on doing, on what day, in what city. Here are the top 20 online tools that make building your travel itinerary a snap:
Tripomatic is a great travel-planning app that uses a map to explore locations. They use their own database of tourist attractions, which means that there is a limit to the number of cities (about 1500) and sights you can add to your trip. They have a mobile app, and you can upgrade to premium to view your trip on an offline map.
Travefy is a travel-planning app and website that is all about group traveling. They encourage multi-user editing and are specialists at coordinating payment between members of your travel group. One criticism of Travefy is that it’s not very user-friendly.
TripHobo is an itinerary-building website that even plans your trip for you. Enter the city and number of days, and it will tell you what it thinks you want to do in that city (hopefully you like what it chooses!). After that, you can edit and add things to do to your trip.
Utrip is a lot like TripHobo, but it also lets you pick what kind of vacation you want – (i.e. “sporty” or “luxury”) and other things like budget. Unfortunately, Utrip is very limited in the number of destinations you can plan a trip to.
Pebblar is a neat travel planner that is mostly built on Google Places. It’s pretty basic, and can take some getting used to, but it does a good job of leading you through the process of adding days and Google Places to those days.
Roadtrippers is for you if your vacation is going to be a road trip – just like EzRoadTrips. They’ll chart your path and show you awesome things to do, places to stay, and everything else along the way.
YourTour is a (kind of outdated) vacation-planning website with a very limited set of destinations. If you’re going to one of those places, it might be helpful.
Planapple is a nifty vacation planner that uses smart custom Google searches to show you results for things to do and see in your cities.
TrekSavvy is another tool that auto-generates an itinerary. It creates nice itineraries, but has a very limited set of destinations.
Tripit is probably the most popular trip itinerary buidling website. They have detailed scheduling functionality and a nifty feature which allows you to forward confirmation emails to them – very handy for business users. Unfortunately, if you don’t already know what you want to do when you get there, Tripit isn’t the site for you.
Inspirock, like Utrip, TrekSavvy, and TripHobo, is all about planning your trip for you. It’s limited to select countries, and doesn’t really let you edit your trip after you generate your itinerary.
Triporama has been around for a while and shows up in lots of Google searches for travel planning websites. It’s a good tool for buidling your trip’s itinerary, but Triporama doesn’t hook into any services to help you discover things to do.
Planedia is a site from Portugal with a lot of potential. Unfortunately, Planedia doesn’t yet seem to have a lot of places to add your to your vacations’ itinerary.
Triposo is a website/app that is all about city guides. The founders used some pretty awesome big-data approaches to identify the top POIs for locations all over the world. They don’t really have a solid itinerary building process, but when you’re on the road, I highly recommend you use their app to discover things to do. (They’re all about mobile).
Bonus Fact: Itineree uses Triposo data to help you plan your trip!
Taketours is a website that is mostly focused on day-trips and pre-planned tours that you can book through their service. They have a basic itinerary builder on their website.
Ixigo is mostly a flight/hotel/tour search engine, but they also have an itinerary builder/trip planner on their website. They are one of India’s top travel planning sites!
iTraveller isn’t about building your trip yourself, it’s more about linking you with a tour provider or travel agent based on your plans. Let them know what you’re interested in and they’ll get back to you!
TravelTriangle is like iTraveller. Tell them where you want to go and what you want to do, and a real person will plan your trip for you!
TripCase is extremely similar to TripIt. Forward your emails to TripCase, or manually enter in your plans, and access everything on your phone! If you don’t have any bookings, it’s not super useful for discovering things to do.