Travel Collaboration Tools
Some of the most common tools people use to communicate and collaborate with others when making joint travel plans include Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp, TripIt, Travefy, Kayak Trip Huddle, Prava, and Splitwise. Below, you will find more details.
To find the most common tools people use to communicate and collaborate with others when making joint travel plans, our research team started by extensively searching for any study or survey on the most common or popular tools used by people making joint travel. We searched statistic and research databases such as Statista, Market Research, Grandview Research, IBIS World, among others, but we couldn't find any such study or survey. We only found data on the most popular communication and collaboration tools in general for people in the US.
We further searched media and travel industry databases such as CN Traveler, Map World, New York Times, Forbes, Trip Advisor, among others. Although there were several articles and reports on tools used in planning group travel, none of the reports was based on any objective measure or metric of popularity.
Hence, our research team decided to triangulate the data by looking at the top communication tools by active monthly users that are also used to organize group travels in the US. In addition, we also looked at a number of reports on group travel tools/apps and selected the ones that were common among the various independent reports. We have presented the most common tools we found below.
Facebook Messenger is the most popular communication tool in the US with over 104.9 million unique U.S. users and it is actively used by people to communicate when making joint travel plans. It allows the group of friends to easily create a private group and make and share plans for the trip.
Whatsapp messenger has over 22.4 million active users monthly in the US and is also one of the most commonly used communication tools to plan and collaborate when making joint travel plans. People can easily create a WhatsApp group and share and make plans for their trip.
Tripit is one of the most popular ways people make plans when traveling. The app is designed to enable multiple people plan trips among a group, and it has over 13 million users. It is also rated as one of the most common travel plan apps by several travel industry sources such as The Points Guy, CN Traveler, Skift, One Travel, Map Happy, and New York Times. The reason it is very popular is that it is very easy to use. Group members only need to "forward confirmation emails for your flights, hotels, car rentals, restaurant reservations, tours, and really anything else you can think of to TripIt’s dedicated email. Then they take your messy emails and transform it into a working itinerary that can be accessed and shared with your entire group. No more forgetting which tour you all planned for which day."
Travefy is another popular tool among people making group travel plans. CN Traveler and Map Happy list it as one of the top tools. The tool makes it easy for people traveling together "to solicit input or run suggestions by everyone via the built-in chat feature, or even run a Twitter-style poll to settle the final decision." In addition, there is a feature that makes it easy to divvy up expenses at trip’s end.
Prava is similar to Travefy and it is also featured by CN Traveler and Map Happy as one of the most popular tools for group travel management. The reason it is popular is that it allows travelers in the group "to add activities, share photos, figure out expenses (with bill photo), post their location, and chat with each other (kinda great when you’re in the middle of the trip and you’re not sure what international plan or app everybody is on. Users can see their own agenda and personalized adds to the itinerary."
Kayak Trip Huddle
This is another common tool and it is listed as one of the top tools for collaborating on travel by CNBC, Map Happy, and The Points Guy. It allows users "to pick out a few destinations and then gives everyone in your group the chance to vote on the location and the travel dates. Plus, Kayak will even surface some hotels and vacation rentals for the group to consider."
Another tool that is popular and featured by Map Happy, CNBC, and CN Traveler is Splitwise. It is a tool that is very useful because "by the end of the trip, it can be daunting to calculate who owes what. Splitwise makes it easy by keeping a running tally — so as soon as you get a bill or receipt, you can log it and split the costs. The app also integrates Venmo for easy payments."