Gone are the days of tracking your holiday expenses with pen and paper, keeping a mental mind-map of what you've spent so far, or even using a calculator to add up your daily spend. All you need these days is a smartphone or tablet and some handy apps and managing your travel money budget becomes a cinch!
But what apps should you use? We've reviewed the best budgeting apps for travel, and created this handy guide for you with five of the best apps to track your travel spend.
Key to the World® is a digital travel wallet that allows you to manage your…
all via a single online portal, anywhere in the world, 24/7 – and is our favourite at Travel Money Oz!
If you have purchased a Key to the World Currency card through one of our stores, or from a participating Flight Centre, Escape Travel, Cruiseabout, Travel Associates, Student Flights or My Adventure Travel store, then you can download this handy app to manage your travel budget.
If you have a pre-paid Currency Card, you can add your travel budget to your card and through the app you can see your balance and your transactions, as well as add more funds if needed. It's a quick and easy way to keep track of your travel money, while keeping it separate from your everyday bank account.
Available: iOS, Android, Web
The Mint app is an all-round money managing tool, and is a popular personal finance managing tool. With very little input from you, you can track your bank account in real-time, see the big-picture view of your finances, stay on top of your transactions, see your income and expenses and follow the progress of certain goals - like savings for a holiday.
Primarily a tracking tool, it is probably handiest pre-holiday with helping you reach your savings goal for your holiday. While on holiday you can then use it to track your spend, but there are some limitations in this area as you can only track by category.
Available: iOS and Android.
Concur is not the best app for leisure travel, but if you travel frequently for business then this is a definite recommendation. Concur lets you keep track of all of your expenses so that you can show your company what you're spending and claim a refund if you're owed one.
You can upload expenses reports, take photos of your receipts and attach them to the report, and then submit the report from the app and send it to your expense approver. It takes the hassle out of lots of little paper-receipts in lots of little places, and helps you keep track of your businesses expenses.
Available: iOS and Android
This app can connect directly to your bank accounts, so while you're travelling you can always have access to your current transactions and account balance. From the home screen, you can immediately see how much money is in your account, your income and your expenses.
So, if you're using your regular bank account for your holiday spend, you can connect the app to that account to keep on top of what you're spending on the go.
Available: iOS, Android, web
This app is a travel budget and expense tracker that makes it easy for you to keep track of a daily budgeted amount for your holiday. For example, if you're going to New York for 7 days, and you have a budget of US$100 per day, you can add these details into the app, and then add your expenses as they happen (in categories).
The app will then tell you how much of your daily budget you have spent and which categories you may be over or underspending in.
If you're visiting multiple countries, you can divvy up your budget by country, or keep it simple and stick to categories. You can also convert your expenses to your own currency to have a better idea of what you're spending in AUD.
Cost: Free for the first 25 items, in-app purchases available
With apps to help you reach your savings goals, to apps that can keep track of your daily budget and spend while on holiday, you'll have all aspects of your holiday money sorted before, during and after your trip! And of course, if you're interested in getting a Key to the World Currency card, or need help with sorting your foreign currency for your holiday, our FXperts are here to help. Just visit us at your nearest store and let us look after you!
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