So I’ve just returned from 5 weeks away in Europe. Anyone who knows me personally or who reads my blog will know that I’m uber organised and will travel almost anywhere to eat. Planning a holiday can be exciting but also time-consuming and frustrating if you’re researching via a multitude of mediums like blogs, forums, magazines or word-of-mouth. Here are some of the tools I have discovered and can’t plan a trip without:

Google Calendar
Copy and paste all your flight, accommodation details and restaurant reservations for an itinerary you can access anywhere. It is print-friendly and shareable with family and friends. www.google.com/calendar

Duffel
A sexy and more collaborative version of Google Calender! I love the pin-board visual and the drag & drop functionality makes shuffling activities much easier. www.duffelup.com
Duffel Up - trip planning tool

Seat Guru
Ever wished you had booked the seat in front of you with extra leg room or flown with another airline which offers wi-fi? Now with Travel Adviser’s Seat Guru, you can get the lowdown of airplane seating and in-flight amenities! Handy as hell. www.seatguru.com
Seat Guru chart

Know others I have missed? Leave a comment to share your trip planning tips.

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Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Jenius.com.au). Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydney’s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. When not running her two companies (she is also the Managing Director of The Bamboo Garden online marketing agency), Jen can be found exploring old-world charms at vintage markets and delving into local eats around the world. She has a weakness for fried chicken.
  • Jennifer,
    Glad that you enjoyed Duffel! Not only is Duffel a great tool to plan trips, its flexibility actually allows you to do just about anything. I use it to create a list of my favorite restaurants in cities I’ve lived in – easy to keep track of those places and share them with friends.
    Your book looks very interesting – I love to eat too.
    Anyway, thanks for sharing your thoughts on Duffel and look forward to see you there again!
    Will Cheung
    willcheung