As a traveler, one thing I hate is keeping track of other people keeping track of my trips. The plan to visit Grandma on the 15th, let her know, she’s excited, can’t get the tickets so it’s delayed to the 20th, have to cancel the trip because of something unexpected, but I can still make it by the 25th… maybe… or maybe not, because of that rich uncle who said he might be in town… ouch! Dopplr has a much better solution, and after putting it to use, I have two words to say to the Dopplr folks: thank you.
The way Dopplr works is that you input all your destinations, dates and optionally, some notes, and it builds a beautiful list for you. The list can be exported into iCal or grabbed via an RSS feed. As plans change, you can update or add more trips. If you have fellow travelers, you can track them too, and optionally keep yourself posted with a Journal, very much a la Facebook News Feeds.
The beauty, though, is in the fact that you can invite folks you know to keep track of you and your trips. Instead of manually e-mailing your plans and updating, Dopplr does it all for you. And likewise, you can keep track of others’ plans. And it doesn’t end here: Dopplr can even match you up with people who have similar travel interests/destinations.
The service is currently invite only, but I notice that I have an account equipped with unlimited invites so any Rev2 readers looking for one can leave a comment below. The next time you travel, don’t do it without Dopplr, save yourself some valuable time. If you’re still not convinced, the following genius of an infomercial by Veronica Belmont of Mahalo Daily should get you thinking otherwise. Remember: Dopplr!