Travelers are More at Ease Staying Connected Across the Miles than their Partners, According to a New TripIt Survey

TripIt Explores the Role of Technology in Making Communication Less Daunting for Frequent Travelers than their Significant Others, and Shares Tips to Make it Easier for Both Partners

Jun 06, 2013, 08:00 ET from TripIt

SAN FRANCISCO, June 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- A new survey from TripIt, the leading mobile travel organizer from Concur (Nasdaq: CNQR), shows that travelers are more at ease staying connected across the miles and use a wider variety of technology to do so than their significant others.


According to TripIt's survey, 26% of significant others said staying connected with a partner on the road is difficult, compared to just 17% of travelers. In addition, 33% of significant others said saying goodbye is "very stressful," compared to just 8% of travelers.

While apart, phone calls are still the number one way for travelers and their partners to stay connected; however, the vast majority of significant others use them over other options. Travelers are more likely to include visual forms of communication like video calls, email, and text messages in their repertoire.


Technology used to stay in touch

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Most travelers (50%) and significant others (52%) said they stay in touch anywhere between two and four times in a typical day.

"Today's technology provides more options and transparency for travelers to stay in touch with loved ones, even while crossing time zones or continents," says Barry Padgett, Executive Vice President of TripIt and Concur Traveler Services. "I give my wife access to all my TripIt itineraries so she knows when I land and when I have meetings scheduled, so it's easier to coordinate time to talk with my kids."

To make it easier to stay connected while traveling, TripIt recommends these tips:

  • Share your itinerary with your partner, so they know the best time to reach you
  • Sync travel plans with a web-based calendar that's accessible by family members
  • Schedule time for a daily video chat and add it to your calendar
  • For international travel, use your smartphone's world clock to avoid calling or texting loved ones in the middle of the night
  • Send photos and video of interesting sights back home throughout the trip

TripIt makes it easy to share itineraries via email with the click of a button, and sync travel plans with mobile, web and desktop calendars automatically – for free.  For more information, visit

For even greater visibility, TripIt Pro provides the same itinerary access and flight alerts that keep travelers in the know, to a select group of people deemed their "Inner Circle." So loved ones can be automatically notified when the travelers' flights are running on time, behind schedule, or have landed. For more information, visit

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About TripIt TripIt®, the leading mobile travel organizer from Concur® (Nasdaq: CNQR), makes it easy for millions of travelers to organize and share their travel plans. Simply forward confirmation emails from anywhere you book to and TripIt automatically creates one simple, smart itinerary to access on a smartphone, calendar, or anywhere online. For even greater peace of mind while traveling, TripIt Pro acts like a personal travel assistant that keeps travelers in the know regarding flight status, alternate flights, and more; tracks all frequent traveler points in one place; and monitors eligible flights for fare refunds. TripIt for Teams is an easier way to organize multiple travelers' plans in one place, and keep track of who's traveling when and where. For more information, please visit, the TripIt blog, and follow @TripIt at

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