We are super excited to announce that the spangly, shiny new Trail Wallet 2.0 is now available!
Trail Wallet is an easy travel expense tracker app for the iPhone that we first launched in December last year. Since then it has come a long way. Simon has spent the best part of this year working on improving it and 2.0 is by far our biggest update yet. It’s been a huge amount of work (over 350 hours on this update alone!) and a labour of love for Simon who has pushed his coding skills to the limit. I am really proud of what he has achieved and love using the new Trail Wallet 2.0 to track our own expenses.
What’s New in Trail Wallet 2.0?
Trips! – You asked for it and we delivered! It turns out not everyone is like us and wants to track their expenses monthly. You said it would be useful to set your own dates and track your expenses per trip and you were right—we’re finding this new feature really useful too. For each trip you can choose your dates, budget (daily or for the whole trip), multiple local currencies, and check if you’re on budget using the summary screen, history view, or colourful interactive pie chart (which shows you which category is eating up your cash).
Implementing Trips has fundamentally changed the way the app works but we’ve strived to still keep the app simple and easy to use. If you want to carry on tracking your expenses by month then no problem, just don’t turn on the new Trips feature and it’ll continue to work like it always has (but prettier). Or easily switch between the two!
- Dropbox Backup – The app now automatically backs your data up every day then silently ships it off to Dropbox so, should the worst happen, you are but a restore away from re-entering Trail Wallet nirvana. Don’t forget to set this up with your Dropbox account (available for free).
- New Design and Icon – I absolutely love the colourful new design and icon that Simon has created and it fits perfectly with the new iOS 7.
- Improved Data Export – You can now choose which dates you’d like to export as a CSV file or export the whole trip.
- Facebook Integration – Let your friends and family know if your budget is on track or if you are horribly overspent.
Those are the main new features but you’ll discover lots of cool new things like an improved history view, extra swipey goodness, and an interactive summary screen that you tap to instantly convert your summaries into all your local currencies.
It really is like a completely new app and the good news is that, if you’ve already bought the app you’ll automatically get the update free!
What People Are Saying
Here’s what our users are saying about Trail Wallet 2.0:
I love the new Trail Wallet! I have been using the app since the first beta version and could not be happier with the design and functionality. The new version has backup, multiple trips, multiple main currencies and more. I would gladly have paid for this update and it is well worth it’s cost 100x over for the trouble and worry it has saved me! Thanks for making an awesome, easy to use and fun app. Griffin, The Travelling Designer
We use Trail Wallet every day; it makes tracking our expenses so easy, just type-in the amount and it does the rest for you. The one thing we thought was missing in the first version is now in version two; you can sort out the trips by any date, not just by month. We couldn’t ask for a better app for the purposes. Andrew, Our Big Fat Travel Adventure
Priceless – I’d be lost without this app, it’s a part of my life now. I’m in the middle of a 1 year world backpacking trip and need to watch every dollar.. and this app makes it so easy and somehow (unbelievably) even fun! Love the new update too, the minor issues I had are now gone. Daz12342235 (App store review)
If you are not currently one of the thousands of Trail Walleteers tracking their travel expenses then you can get your copy of Trail Wallet 2.0 in the Apple App Store now for just $2.99 (£1.99).
To see Trail Wallet 2.0 in action take a look at our new demo video.
Why Track Your Travel Expenses?
You might wonder why on earth you’d want to keep track of your expenses when travelling. You should be enjoying yourself right? Not worrying about budgets!
Well we agree, travel budgeting isn’t the most exciting activity, and that’s why we created Trail Wallet. We’ve designed it to be quick and easy to use so you can focus on the fun, but there are some very good reasons to track your travel expenses.
I’m convinced that if we didn’t track our expenses then we wouldn’t have been able to travel for five out of the last six years. We started writing down every penny we spent when saving for our first round the world trip. Getting that financial control was what enabled us to save enough for a year-long trip and we continued to track our expenses during our travels. We did the same again to save up for our new digital nomad life and have been tracking our expenses ever since, with an evolution from back of a notebook to complicated spreadsheets to easy app.
If you know exactly where your money is being spent you’re in control. The simple act of entering an amount as you spend it makes you more conscious of what you are choosing to spend it on, and watching your average daily budget creep up can be a wake up call.
You can use the information in Trail Wallet to prolong your travel fund. You might see on the pie chart that the biggest piece of pie is going on beer and that you’re way over budget. If you keep on that way your travel fund will run out and you’ll be heading home. So you might decide to cut down on beer and be able to travel for longer. Or not, the choice is yours. The point is that you’re in control.
Don’t just hope you’ve got enough money, know. We all worry about money sometimes and especially if you are a long term traveller it can be concerning that you might run out of money half way around the world. By knowing exactly how you are doing against your budget you can stop worrying and enjoy your travels.
Travel is all about having amazing experiences and taking control of your finances can help you have even more of them. Say you really want to do a scuba diving course but don’t think you can afford it. Trail Wallet will tell you how your budget is doing. If you are under budget you can feel comfortable knowing you can afford it after all. If not you can use the information in the pie chart to see where you can cut down. Perhaps you need to choose cheaper accommodation, cook for yourself, or even move on to a less expensive country so that you can afford to do the things that are most important to you.
Having a detailed list of everything you’ve spent can be surprisingly useful even if you are not bloggers like us who like to share our travel expense breakdowns with readers. You might want to recommend a hostel to a friend and with the app you can remind yourself exactly how much it cost. Or you can see which countries you visited were the most and least expensive for future travel planning.
Trail Wallet also takes the headache out of currency conversions. The app automatically updates with the current exchange rate for your selected local currencies (218 countries available) and in the history view you can see exactly how much you spent on each item in your home and local currencies.
People who’ve never tracked their expenses before often wonder how you can remember to write down every tiny thing you spend. Well, the app certainly helps as you can just whip out your iPhone and enter it straight after spending. But also it doesn’t take long for it to become a routine, and many Trail Walleteers (including us) have reported that it’s actually rather addictive!
How You Can Help
Creating Trail Wallet has been a huge amount of work and we’d really appreciate your support in spreading the word so that more people can take control of their travel finances. If you could spare a couple of minutes here’s a few small things you could do that would make a big difference.
- If you’ve bought Trail Wallet please leave a review in the App Store. Reviews help increase sales which means we can spend more time making Trail Wallet even better.
- Tell your friends—if you know someone heading off on a trip let them know that Trail Wallet could help.
- Spread the word about Trail Wallet on your favourite social network—Facebook, Twitter, Google+ (click on the handy icons at the end of this post).
- Let us know how we can make Trail Wallet even better. Simon is already working on the next update and we love getting your suggestions and are committed to making the app as useful as possible for travellers.
In celebration of the Trail Wallet 2.0 release we are declaring it Travel Finance Week on Never Ending Voyage. Look out for posts over the next week where we share exactly how much it has cost us to travel the world as digital nomads for the last 3.5 years and some tips for travelling on a budget in Paris. Let us know if you have any other travel finance questions that you’d like us to cover in the future.
Scuba diving photo credit: Koh Haa in Koh Lanta, Thailand by Natasha Lambelin from Liquid Lense.
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