A New Update of Our Trail Wallet Travel Budget App!

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We’re excited to announce the release of the latest version of our top-rated travel expense tracking app, Trail Wallet!

Tim Cook calls it “possibly the greatest travel app our platform has ever seen, and I would know. I’ve seen all the apps.”

(OK, so maybe he didn’t write this anywhere or say it out loud ever, but we all know he’s probably thinking it.)

Trail Wallet 3.4 adds a major new feature that has been at the top of the request list for a long, long time—photo support!

Many of you emailed, left reviews, told me in person, sent carrier pigeons, used semaphore flags, threw bricks with notes through my windows to ask for the ability take photos of receipts and store them alongside your entries, and now, finally, you can!

You see? I do listen! Eventually!

(There are a whole bunch of boring technical reasons, as well as a whole bunch of marginally more exciting existential reasons, as to why it took me so long but I won’t go into all that here. Let’s just say implementing this changed me.)

The photos are stored in iCloud along with all of your other backup data and can be exported along with the CSV files. Helpfully, the CSV files have references to the file names so you can match things up on your computer.

But wait, there’s more!

Other notable features in this version include:

  • Tapping on a bar in the bar chart will now take you to a summary of that day’s spending—another oft-requested addition.
  • Spreading amounts over many days has been simplified and the crazily cryptic error message has been removed.
  • The History screen now makes it clear which amounts have been spread out over multiple days by showing the original total amount as well as the divided amount. It makes more sense when you see it than it does to explain it here.

Support Trail Wallet. More Than You Already Have, I Mean.

Three screenshots of Trail Wallet from the first version that looks like a hideous grey mess to the current sleek, purple version with bar charts and character faces.
Trail Wallet’s development over the years. Oh jeez, there’s a giant Tweet button in the original in the hopes it would go viral. Oh dear, no. Ha ha ha, oh wow.

Trail Wallet is 5 years old in December and it’s still getting regular updates and big new features. We don’t charge for updates nor do we use subscription pricing, so in order to pay for this we constantly need to find new users.

Your wonderful reviews and ratings help, as do all the personal recommendations that you make in bars and hostels around the world, but if you really want to see Trail Wallet continue to grow, then there’s a new Small Tip in app purchase where you can throw in an extra dollar (or local equivalent) to help fund future development (if you’re super generous, then you can keep hitting that button over and over to give more dollars).

This option is available in Trips -> Settings but will only appear if you’ve been using the app for a long time and have more than 300 amounts.

Despite what you may have heard about the app economy creating teenage billionaires, I am neither a teenager nor a billionaire. Honestly, Trail Wallet lives on the edge of existence most of the time—it makes barely enough to make it worthwhile for me to keep working on it—so any additional financial support really does make a difference.

But no pressure! Our continued love for you is not contingent on you giving us more money!

And if you haven’t tried Trail Wallet, what are you waiting for? You heard what Tim Cook (maybe) said—download it today!

New Website, Who Dis?

You might have noticed that we recently completed a massive update to our website. While I still have a lot of love for the 90s Tim Burton aesthetic, the old theme was, frankly, beginning to look a bit dated.

It’s time for a refresh!

As nice as it is to see our name in lights, we figure that you’re not here to see massive headers or giant photos of us and instead want to get to the juicy destination posts, the tasty vegetarian survival guides, or the cash money pages.

So this theme was redesigned from the ground up to be a modern, fast, mobile-friendly site that is all about you, dear reader, and is focused on getting you to the content you want to see as quickly as possible.

With almost 8 years worth of content, we’re still ironing out the bugs so let us know if you find any problems!

We hope you like it!



  1. We just started a long-term trip around the world, and this app has been great in tracking our expenses. However, there are a few features I would love to see implemented:
    1. The ability to share entered expenses with my partner while traveling – so we can both enter new expenses, see what’s already in there, and where we are budget-wise.
    2. The ability to edit expenses split across multiple days. If I forget a tag, etc, after I’ve split an expense, I have to edit the expense on every. single. day. I use the splitting feature a lot for rental cars and even flights.
    3. A country/city field and possibly an auto-location detection. I’m currently using tags to accomplish this. At the end of our trip, I’ll want to analyze how much we spent at each location.
    4. More intuitive statistics – I love how Tripcoin has theirs laid out – easily see by day, by country, by expense type, etc. – and I strongly considered their app over this one because of this.. but Trail Wallet had just enough additional features to sway me.
    5. The ability to add pre-trip expenses, like supplies, insurance, flights, etc. I don’t want everything to just be lumped into Day 1.

    Not sure if there’s a better place to submit these feature requests, and I understand some would be easier to implement than others. Thanks for an otherwise awesome app!

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  2. Loving using the app thank you! One question. In the breakdown it lists two amounts, one with the words ‘to date’. Theo’s seems like the right one for me to see for eg the average amount we’ve spent on accommodation for the nights we’ve been away so far. But the amounts don’t line up. Can you explain what the calculations are behind the ‘to date’ number? Thank you!

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    • The “to date” calculations use everything spent up to and including the current day divided by the number of days up to and including the current day.

      Could you send me an email at [email protected] if the numbers aren’t correct and I’ll look in to it further?



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  3. Hello! Sorry for the question, but my wife downloaded the app and has started booking our expenses. I am trying to login to the same account on a different phone to help. However, I don’t see a login option- can you advise?

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    • I’m afraid there’s no log in option and it’s not possible to sync the app across multiple devices. It’s a feature we’d like to add eventually but it’s a huge amount of work and rather complicated.

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  4. I have been using the Travel Wallet for the past 8 months – cannot say enough good things about it

    It has all the functionality I need whilst having an incredibly clean, clear & intuitive interface

    I now use it everyday & know exactly where my money is going

    Great job !

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  5. I’ve been using Trail Wallet since it was first available. Love the updates! And I’ve kept adding my expenses on a daily basis now that I’m back home. Trying to track my spending and see where I’m overspending has never been easier. This is keeping me on budget so I can save for another travel adventure. Merry Christmas and all the best for 2018!

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    • I’m glad you are finding it useful back home too Alison! We’ve heard from lots of people who are using it for saving up for travel – tracking your expenses is key for that. Good luck and Merry Christmas to you too!

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  6. We absolutely love the app. It’s super easy to easy and has been our companion through our long term travels. Thank you Simon! Now if only we could find a way of staying within budget.

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