The Appy Traveler: Top Tech Tools for Tracking Expenses on the Go

One of the best things about the constantly-connected world we now live in is that you can get real-time information on just about anything you can think of: sports scores, the latest news and you can even keep track of your friends and family with ease. All you need is a connection.

For travelers, one of the biggest advantages of mobile technology is that you can instantly keep track of your expenses on the road. This way, you will always know where you stand and it will help prevent you from going over budget. You’ll get more out of your travels without the headache of not knowing how much more money you can spend. Here are a few of the great apps that are out there that can help you keep track of your expenses, no matter where you are.


This app doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles, but that can be a good thing. It gets rid of all of the messy features that you may not even use and boils them down to an easy-to-use app to track your expenses.

All you do is create simple lists of income and expenses, and the app will do the rest. Just set your total budget from the start and then input your expenses as you go, and the app will tell you how much you have left and what you’ve spent your money on. This allows you to quickly follow your spending so you know where to cut if your money starts running low.

The only downside is that it doesn’t connect to your accounts, so credit cards spending has to be entered manually as well.


Envelope budgeting is the popular practice where travelers set aside different envelopes — one for entertainment, one for food, etc. — and when the money’s gone, you no longer do those things. This app takes that practice and brings it to your mobile devices.

With Mvelopes, not only can you enter your expenses manually, you can link to several different accounts, like checking accounts and credit cards (check these out before you apply for another one), so you can get a fast, up-to-date picture of your overall finances. You can create several different envelopes, but you have to buy the premium version for unlimited choices.


Finally, this app tracks your expenses and give you quick graphs to follow along with, making it very easy to know just where you stand.

The app tracks your location and will automatically update any purchases on checking and credit card accounts. You can also manually input your expenses and watch as the app quickly updates your overall financial picture. You can also set goals and alarms so the app will notify you when you’ve reached a certain number in your budget, letting you focus on having fun on your travels.

Let your mobile devices help you stay on budget next time you travel.

Jack Rowe is a traveller who is on a strict budget most of the time. He uses tech to keep tabs on how much he has left in his travel fund and shares his tips and stories around the web.
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