In my Financial Travel Tip about budgeting and tracking expenses, I mention a few apps that are handy for tracking expenses as a traveler.
Since then Simon and Erin – fellow full-time travelers – of Never Ending Voyage (check out a week-in-the-life of Erin and Simon here) have developed a travel-friendly budgeting and expense tracking app called Trail Wallet.
And to date, it’s the best travel-centric expense tracking app I’ve used.
It’s quick, intuitive, pretty(!), and has easily customizable categories so you can organize and record your expenses in a way that makes sense to you. All expenses are automatically converted to your home currency and displayed alongside the local currency, and you can easily switch between currencies to record expenses incurred at home.
You can export the information to a spreadsheet for manipulation – a feature I treasure in compiling my annual cost of full-time travel posts. And you can export it in a few different ways – as well as juggle up to five different currencies- depending on how you like to organize your data.
Organizing and summarizing my expenses in a spreadsheet takes a fraction of the time that I used to spend with my last expense tracking app; largely because the data gets properly organized at the time of entry, with the customizable categories.
Andriod users: I’m sorry, you’re out of luck (at least for now). Trail Wallet is only available for devices of the i genre (iPhone, iPod, iPad). But another app I have my eye on (if I ever migrate to Andriod) is Track Every Coin (free).
But if you’re of the Apple ilk, I would suggest that Trail Wallet is $2.99 well spent.
Editor’s Note: I received a free copy of Trail Wallet for review. All opinions expressed herein are unbiased and my own. I’m a stickler for a good expense-tracking app!