Traveling is stressful, especially when you’re on a tight budget. Foreign exchange rates are confusing, receipts are hard to keep track of, and last minute planning can have you spending more than you should. Travelr is the solution to all of these problems, a travel budgeting app designed to prevent travel stress and financial pressure that keeps it simple enough to quickly track spending on the go.
Travelr was inspired by the experiences my team and I had when traveling abroad. As students we were looking to stick to a tight budget, but we didn’t want to miss out on the best experiences. We realized just how many different elements there were to planning a good trip and how difficult it could be. We knew there had to be a simpler way, so we drew from our own personal experiences, and interviewed other travellers, to determine the key functions we could provide that would make a real difference in the way they travel.
During the development process for Travelr we conducted a series of user interviews with subjects we felt reflected a diverse group of our target audience. We came up with a set of questions to gage consumer interest in the list of functions we wanted to include, and analyzed the responses to determine the final structure of the app. This was incredibly helpful as we were able to take the feedback we received and use it to improve both the UI and the UX of our final product.
The key functions of our final prototype were the ability to search and browse locations, where we recommend destinations to users based on their interests and restrictions. Each destination gives users an average daily spending based on the past data of other users that have been on trips within a similar budget to yours. The budget breakdown page, where users are able to view breakdowns of their budget for each day, or for their overall trip. The app sorts expenses into predetermined categories so if you're overspending on something, you'll know, and you can adjust your budget accordingly for the rest of the trip. Lastly, the ability to easily record transactions, when the user takes a photo of their receipt, the app uses Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology to fill in the details. Users can also manually enter their transactions in case they didn't get a receipt. For both scenarios, the app automatically converts the transaction into the user's selected home currency. All of these features can be seen in the video below.