April 20, 2011

TripTrace – Where’ve You Been?

TripTrace is a tool that people can use to create their own atlases full of information about where they’ve been and where they want to go. Rather than using TripTrace to find out about new hotspots or nightclubs, users who take advantage of TripTrace’s tools can get directions back to places they’ve already been – such as hotels, airports, and friends houses in faraway cities – and keep track of all the places they’re dying to go in the future.

Enter your email address, choose a username, and type in the code for your most-frequented airport to begin making an atlas of your own. The next step in the process is to answer questions about who you are and what you like to do. TripTrace uses this information to offer better recommendations on what places you should check out in the future. Import the data from your Foursquare, Facebook, and TripIt accounts to help TripTrace quickly populate a list of the places you’ve been, or create a list on your own by checking off boxes next to each city you’ve visited in the past. In addition to creating a list of the places you’ve already been, TripTrace also leaves room for you to add in all the places you’re anxious to see.

TripTrace serves as an excellent place to save future vacation ideas and links, thanks in large part to the web-app’s useful “tripclipper” bookmarking tool. Another unique – and extremely useful – features that TripTrace offers is its “Costimator” tool, which helps people budget for future trips. Using flight information, hotel pricing data, and attraction fees, TripTrace can come up with a general ballpark figure for how much a trip to a certain location will cost. As you start making travel arrangements and begin to find out more specific prices, you can add those updated figures into the Costimator tool for a more accurate estimate.

Practical Uses:

  • Keep track of how much you’ve traveled this year
  • Save articles about destinations you’d like to visit in the future
  • Compare your own travel atlas to those created by your friends
  • Budget for an upcoming trip to Europe

Insider Tips:

  • People can use the tripclipper tool to quickly save links to useful sites and articles
  • Connect to Foursquare or Facebook Places to quickly populate an atlas
  • The more details a user adds about himself, the better TripTrace’s recommendations will be
  • Atlases can be shared via Facebook, Twitter, or by email

What we liked:

  • Atlases provide a great way to see all the places you’ve been in the world
  • Using TripTrace is an excellent way to get inspiration for where to visit next
  • The itinerary feature is useful for people looking for a place to organize an upcoming trip
  • The Costimator tool helps people budget for future trip expenses

What we didn’t like:

  • Without a mobile application, it’s unlikely most people would be able to use TripTrace while out on the road


Company Info:

  • Launched: 2010
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: San Francisco, California
  • Founded by: Michael Rubin
  • Web site:


  • Free


  1. Thanks for the kind words — there IS a fantastic mobile application that meshes with TripTrace — available now on the iPhone and iPad, it’s called MapOmatic and it both stands alone (if you don’t use the TripTrace website) or mirrors what you’ve doing. It’s powerful and fun and easy to use. We’ve been working very hard on making the mobile component better for travelers and we think MapOmatic nails it!

    Particularly great is using the TripClipper to grab articles online, and get them instantly on your phone!!

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