Sometimes it’s hard to remember we are still in the very early, experimental stages of smartphones and apps. Some of the things they can do seem like magic, much in the way that saving and editing a simple text document on the first computers must have blown the minds of people who were used to typewriters.
This is most clear to me when I realize just how fractured the smartphone experience is right now. Perhaps Apple has it all solved, but I have real reservations about getting locked into that ecosystem. So for now, I’m an Android guy.
The place I notice this the most, and find most frustrating, is the way most apps work together (or don’t). Calendars and maps rarely work together well and require too much work to get them to play nicely. Apps like TripIt have changed my life by maintaining my itineraries and more, but they don’t play nice with other apps either.
To manage travel, you need 3 great apps:
TripIt: Itineraries, schedules, confirmation numbers, addresses
Sunrise: Beautiful calendar app that works with TripIt when you want it to without filling your calendar with unnecessary clutter
Waze: The perfect app for getting you where you need to be
TripIt is simply the best tool I’ve used for managing the details of a trip and organizing confirmation numbers and more. Connect TripIt to Sunrise and everything is right in front of you in a beautiful calendar. Connect Sunrise to Waze and all you have to do is tap the location to get fantastic directions that adjust based on current conditions and even alert you to police cars and accidents while you drive. Send your ETA and updated route info to those you are meeting and you won’t have to update them to say you are running late!
The best part is that all of these work together seamlessly, giving us a glimpse of the future when everything will work together flawlessly. We’re not there yet, but traveling with these three apps makes you wish the future would hurry up already!