Did you miss us? We just got back from the beautiful island of the Hispaniola, and with vacation came a little time away from the blog and social media. It’s always great to return to the DR and be pampered by the hospitality of the Dominican people. Our first leg of the trip started in Puerto Plata, where we stayed at Iberostar Costa Dorada. This is our favorite resort in the area, where we also got married last year. After a five night stay, we headed to Santiago to spend time with family and friends. When we travel, maximizing our enjoyment while keeping an eye on FI is the name of the game, and technology plays an important role in achieving that.
Technology is great, when used in moderation. My wife and I take advantage of a few apps to enhance our traveling experience, therefore, saving us time and hassle. Some of these apps aren’t free but that doesn’t mean we paid for them. Spending our life energy paying for apps is not the Enchumbao style. Whenever I see a list of paid apps that are free for a limited time, I browse through it and get any apps that are worth downloading. That’s how I discovered 5Coins, iPacking, World Lens and Conversió. And what makes these apps worthwhile? Drum roll please…
iPacking is a travel items checklist app. We started using this one on our most recent trip. What’s cool about it? It has a nice clean design and you can keep multiple packing checklists. If there’s a place that you frequently visit, you can save the list for future use. It also has preset lists to get you started. With iPacking, no more forgetting your flip flops, hat, or worse, your passport!
2. Trip It
- Flight updates – TripIt also provides you with flight updates, such as gate changes or delays. It’s not fun to drive all the way to the airport and then find out upon arrival that your flight has a major delay! You could be relaxing some more wherever you are.
- Seat tracker – With this feature, TripIt notifies you when better seating according to your preferences becomes available, such as a window seat or a more leg-room seat.
- Point tracker – This feature tracks your points and rewards program once you input the frequent flyer/member information once. It is quite handy to keep an eye on points that may expire, so you can do something in time to save them.
- Flight refunds – You will get notification when you’re eligible for a flight refund. At one point, a Southwest flight went down in price a few weeks later after we bought it, so TripIt sent us a notification. And what did Mrs. Enchumbao do? She rebooked the flights and got us a nice refund in the form of flight credit.
We’ve been using TripIt for four years and have been very happy with it!