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Drift app review: a comprehensive travel itinerary and trip planner for any traveler

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Introduction

Like most families our family vacations can often be hectic and disjointed affairs – at least in the initial planning phases. We usually have a great time once we arrive at our destination, but the process of getting there often leaves something to be desired. This inner family conflict always seems to be most prevalent when visiting tourist destinations such as New York City, London, or Niagara Falls. There is always so much to do that everyone has different ideas about what the best plan of attack is.

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Instead of guessing, it always helps to have all of the relevant information about the landmarks you plan on checking out while visiting a destination and a great app that can help you keep everything organized is Drift. This app uses its own built-in features as well as integration with Foursquare to provide you with all of the relevant travel information you may need while visiting all of your favorite famous destinations – it’s an extremely useful app for the avid traveler. The app is compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch although it is optimized for iOS 9.3 and works best with the iPhone 6.

Drift - Travel/Trip/Vacation Itinerary Organizer

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Build and Plan Your Trip

This app is designed to help you build and plan a trip in every detail. You can search within the app using its built-in search function for any famous destination you can think of and the app will provide you with a list of popular hotspots to visit in those cities. It will also tell you how far you are from each one of those landmarks in terms of miles and then you can determine what the best way to get there is – do you walk or catch a cab for example?

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Handy Today and Future Lists

You can create lists of to do items for the current day, or for what you plan on doing in the future. To add an item to your list you simply tap on the menu icon in the top left-hand corner, tap on search, type the name of the city or landmark you wish to visit, and a list of options will appear on your screen for you. To add an item to your itinerary you simply tap on the plus icon located next to it in the search results that appear. This will automatically bring up a calendar function that you can use to pick the day you plan on visiting. If you choose to visit a location today it will be added to your today list and if you choose to pick a date that’s in the future it will automatically add it to your future list. It’s pretty straightforward and doesn’t take much to get the hang of it. To switch back and forth between your today list and future list you can simply go back to the settings menu and tap on the list you’re looking for.

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Once you’ve added any item to your list you can quickly add more items from the same geographic area by tapping on the plus icon that appears at the bottom of the list you’ve created. This will pull up a list of all the search results that you looked at before when searching for the city you’re visiting. You can then simply scroll through the list, find the place you want to visit, and add it to your list.

Drift - Travel/Trip/Vacation Itinerary Organizer

Free

Proximity Navigation and Foursquare Integration

When you add to-do items to your travel itinerary within the app you have the option of using the get directions function if you’re relatively close by. To use this function you simply tap on the item in your list and then tap on the get directions button that will appear on your screen and if you are close enough to the landmark the app will pull up a map of the area and point an arrow in the direction that you need to go. All you have to do is follow the arrow and you’ll eventually arrive at your destination. It’s a fun and different way to get around the city that will definitely make things interesting for you on your visit.

The Drift app uses Foursquare to provide you with all of the most up-to-date information available on any particular landmark. Within the app you’ll see some basic details such as hours and phone numbers, but if you want to find reviews that other visitors have left you can simply tap on more details and it will open up the foursquare app with all of that information available to you.

Add Notes

If you want to add your own comments to any item in your list you can do so by opening up the item and tapping on the note tab at the bottom of the screen. This will open up a simple data entry form which you can use to enter your note and it’s a great place to make comments about fun things that happened on your visit, or to remind you of how much you hated the place so that you don’t go back there again!

A Convenient History of Your Travels

Another feature available to you from the main settings menu is another list called past. This will allow you to revisit any locations you’ve already visited and is a great way for you and your family to look back on your holidays and reminisce.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Easily build and plan trips
  • Includes proximity navigation to your destination
  • You can create today or future lists
  • Fully integrated with Foursquare for greater information
  • Find landmarks or nearby gas stations, food places and more
  • Records a history of your travel itineraries
  • Adding items to your schedule is easy
  • You can leave your own comments and notes

Cons

  • You have to be using iOS 9.3 or higher
  • Works best with iPhone 6, but will work with older devices

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Keep Your Travel Plans Organized

If you’re looking for an easy way to keep track of the travel plans to your favorite destinations, then you should certainly give Drift a try. This is a great little app that lets you create travel itineraries for places you plan on visiting and it also lets you keep those itineraries as a keepsake of your visit so that you can check them out any time later on. I really enjoyed the built-in navigation tools that help you get to your favorite landmarks. This app is a handy little tool for any traveler.

Drift - Travel/Trip/Vacation Itinerary Organizer

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Allan Calder

Allan is a freelance writer who loves scouring the App Store for exciting, intriguing and unique apps.