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5 Apps That Help You Plan Your Family's Summer Vacation

Bob Engel

Bob provides 30 years of national real estate experience combined with extensive knowledge in real estate marketing, sales, financing, development, co...

Bob provides 30 years of national real estate experience combined with extensive knowledge in real estate marketing, sales, financing, development, co...

May 5 4 minutes read

Planning a trip among friends or family can be tricky. Help keep everyone on the same page with these group travel planning apps that organize itineraries, expenses and photos.

 

Prava

Available on iOS and Android

Prava is an itinerary manager that offers in-app messaging, a to do list and notepad, perfect for planning group trips. Additional features make this app a great travel companion as well. From the app, you can share your location with other group members, perfect if you’re arriving in a destination from many different locations. You can also share trip photos and calculate expenses through the app.

At the conclusion of your vacation, your group can choose to share part or all of your itinerary with other Prava users, inspiring other groups to follow in your footsteps.

   

Splittr

Available on iOS only; Android coming soon

No matter where you are, what currency you paid in or who paid, figure out who owes what with group travel app Splittr. Divide hotel, grocery, attraction and transportation costs between friends or family. The app converts any expense to your preferred currency and allows you to split bills unevenly between group members. After your vacation, export PDF or CSV reports to let everyone know how much they owe other travelers. You unfortunately aren’t able to pay your balance using the app.

For an app that includes all the same functions and works on both iOS and Android, choose Splid.

   

Splitwise

Available on iOS and Android

This is another app the manages expenses within a group. It shares many of the same features as Splittr and Splid, with two exceptions.

Splitwise integrates with Venmo, making it ideal for groups who already share money via the app.

There is no option to change currencies in the app, so it’s more appropriate for groups traveling domestically.

   

Travefy

Available on iOS and Android

Whether you’re planning a spring break trip, bachelorette party or family reunion, keep all the details in a single place with Travefy. Use the chat and polling function to discuss details, collect money (there is a fee to use a credit card) and start building your sharable itinerary. Forward confirmation emails to the app and your flight, rental car, accommodation, activities and restaurant reservations will appear in one place.

You can view your itinerary on a map and search nearby for other attractions, sorted by hotels, activities and food. Whether you imported an activity or Travefy suggested it, your group will be able to see Trip Advisor reviews for the attraction. During the trip, track your expenses (multiple popular currencies are available) in the app so your group can see who owes who what and pay via credit card or PayPal after heading home.

   

Tripline

Available on iOS and Android

This app is a less robust group vacation planning tool, but if you’re looking for something simple, Tripline may be for you. Multiple group members can map out your accommodations and the attractions you’re planning to explore, then share the map with other people who may be interested in following your trip.

Your group members can upload photos and add text for any location on your Tripline map. The app takes these photos and creates a simple animation outlining your trip, which is available for other Tripline users and can be shared on social media.

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