If you’re going backpacking for a few weeks or months then keeping on top of your budget is paramount, I know boring… but if you accidentally blow all your dineros in the first few days your trip will be cut short.
Obviously while you do want to be careful with your cash you do not want to spend hours each day faffing around with receipts, spreadsheets and paper. There’s an app for everything and I thought I’d road-test some of the best money travel apps available. Which I did, and as soon as I started looking into it, it became abundantly clear that TRAIL WALLET is head and shoulders above the rest. So I’ll just tell you about that one…
*Please note this in no way sponsored or affiliated with Trail Wallet, I just genuinely think it’s a cool and useful app.
In a Nutshell
“Trail Wallet is an easy travel expense tracker for iPhone and iPad. Designed to be fast, it takes the headache out of expense tracking so you can focus on the fun”. That’s the official line, and it pretty much sums up the concept. You can set your home currency and it will convert and foreign currency automatically for you. Trail Wallet lets you create a daily budget and it will let you know how much you have left to spend each day, it’s really simple, which is why it’s great.
Designed By Travellers, For Travellers
Bloggers Simon Fairbairn and Erin McNeaney of Never Ending Voyage (a hugely popular travel blog) created this app, and with over four years of travelling under their belts they totally understand what the average backpacker wants and needs.
The best thing about this app is that it’s completely customisable, you can create your own categories such as ‘drinks’, ‘accommodation’, ‘bribes’ and assign each a colour. Then you can view your daily spending in a pie chart or list view to see where the majority of your money is going. Best of all you can use it offline so you don’t need an internet connection, the app will use the most recent currency rates to convert your spending.
So there you have it, simply input how many Baht, Rupees or Dollars you spend on anything from a beer to a bed and keep those travel finances in check.