There are lots of personal internet tools out there. Many are useful and offer real value, many don’t. Here is a quick introduction to TripIt and what I use it for.

My first experience with a “keeping track of your travels” was with Dopplr (no longer exists). And when I think back to 2007/2008 I remember that my primary reason for using the service was to keep track of my travels. Secondly to see if any of my contacts happen to either be living in or traveling to cities/countries I visited.

But alas Dopplr never reached critical mass in my personal network. So I began using TripIt. For a period of time I actually used both services, but quickly realized that was too time consuming. So now I use TripIt exclusively.

I mainly use TripIt for:
– keep a record of my travels related to speaking and consulting
– check if any of my contacts are anywhere near any of the places I travel to
– notify my network on Facebook & Linkedin about my trips
– getting notifications about plane delays, gate changes and such

It would be even more valuable to me if more people were using TripIt.

TripIt has more features that I do not currently use. If you want to check out TripIt, go here and register your free profile, and then be sure to connect with me there.

Below you can read how TripIt introduces themselves.

What is TripIt?
With today’s myriad of travel sites, even the most experienced traveler has their hands full managing all the details of a typical trip. Booking airline tickets, hotels, rental cars and restaurants leaves you with lots of separate pieces of paper. Throw in maps, directions, things to do, and weather and the chaos multiplies.
TripIt turns chaos into order by making it easy for anyone to:
> Organize trip details into one master online itinerary — even if arrangements are booked at multiple travel sites
> Automatically include maps, directions and weather in their master itinerary
> Have the option to book restaurants, theatre tickets, activities and more right from within the online itinerary
> Safely access travel plans online, share them, check-in for flights, or print an itinerary