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Get the travel app that helps track your spending and shows you where to save so you can keep traveling longer.
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WE DID IT! THANKS SO MUCH TO EVERYONE FOR BACKING THIS POSSIBLE AND MAKING THIS APP A REALITY. FOR MORE ON THE APP AND OTHER TRAVEL TIPS, BE SURE TO CHECK OUT MY SITE, NOMADICMATT.COM!!

STRETCH GOAL #2 - Infinity! 

Wow! We hit our second funding goal!!! Awesome! Now I can make this app for both iOS and Android phones. Even though we hit our goals, don't let that discourage you from backing this project. All extra money goes back into future updates of the app. 

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STRETCH GOAL #1 - $15,000

Wow! We hit our first funding goal!!! Awesome! The next funding goal is $15,000 so we can fund for both iOS and Android! There's plenty of backing levels left to make this happen! Let's get there and get this app to everyone!! 

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Hello, my name is Matthew Kepnes and am the author of How to Travel the World on $50 a Day as well as run the budget travel website, Nomadic Matt. I'm here on Kickstarter to talk about my budgeting app, TripSaver. The app is already has a prototype but I'm here get your help in completing it. My advice has been featured in:

In 2006, I left to travel around the world. I had a limited amount of money that needed to last for eighteen months. To keep track of my money and expenses, I wrote everything down in a Moleskine notebook (I filled up two). This helped me know what I spending on but didn’t let me see the big picture – was my spending too much or too little for the destination I was in? Plus, it was a pain in the butt to constantly account for currency changes and keep a running tab of eighteen months worth of expenses! 

Over the years as I’ve become a leading writer on budget travel, people often say to me that they didn’t know how much a place costs, whether their spending was too high, or that they ended up realizing they were spending too much money too late. In short, they found it hard to manage, keep track, and budget their money properly on the road. 

That’s a problem I can relate to. Those moleskin notebooks left a lot to be desired. 

I thought to myself "why isn’t there an app that besides letting you put in your expenses tells you if you are over or under not only YOUR budget but a suggested budget for the country based on your travel style!!??" That way you would know if you really are overspending or if you can afford to order a few more rounds! 

Plus, it would give you a foolproof way to account for your spending and take into account currency changes! No more calculating exchange rates manually! 

This app puts my experience and expertise in your pocket and makes tracking your spending, keeping a budget easy, saves you from carrying around notebooks or dealing with spreadsheets on a computer. 

Travel is not expensive. Seven years of traveling the world and writing about it taught me that once you break out of the hotel/vacation dynamic, a plethora of opportunities to save money happen. You can easily travel most of the world on $50 a day or less! 

But to keep doing that, we all need to keep track of our spending so we can keep it under control and continue to travel cheaper, smarter, and longer. 

By helping make this app a reality, you’ll be able to get the best of budget travel in your pocket, whenever you need it. 

MY GOAL WITH THIS APP 

The goal of this iPhone app is to help you keep track of your expenses, see the break down of your spending, and compare your spending to a baseline based on your travel style. 

The app's features are: 

  • Enter your expenses 
  • See pie and bar graphs of your spending – both daily and over time 
  • See your expenses based on a suggested budget for each destination 
  • Set your travel style to backpacker, budget, mid-range, and luxury and your suggested spending amount will be adjusted based on that! 
  • E-mail your expenses to yourself, friend, or to Excel! 
  • See a breakdown of all your spending based on category 

Screenshots of the Trip Saver app
Screenshots of the Trip Saver app


WHAT MAKES THIS APP AWESOME? 

There are a lot of other apps out there but none that breaks anything down by travel type, destination, or lets you see your spending over time. That’s why this app is different and awesome. Because it allows you to see the benchmark and let you know if you are spending too much money not only relative to your spending goals but also the average for the country. 

WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?

100% of this money will go to pay for the development of the app.

Got questions?

Ask me!! I want to hear from you!

Matt Kepnes – matt@nomadicmatt.com

Risks and challenges

As with any technical development project, there can be difficulties and hurdles, but my developer and I are confident this project can be finished and submitted without issues. To mitigate this, we have extended our launch date to September to build in extra time to address any bugs or issues.

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    THE APP BEFORE ANYONE ELSE: You'll get the app for $1 (retail price will be $1.99) and you'll get it before anyone else.

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    THE NO BRAINER LEVEL: Everything above: The app, the How to Build a Travel Blog ebook, the signed hardcopy, the How to Make Money With Your Travel Guide, PLUS THREE MORE SIGNED HARDCOPIES (total of 4) of my travel book (retail value $60), PLUS a copy of my upcoming new ebook A Complete Guide to Travel Hacking (Retail $47), which will teach you how to easily gain tens of thousands of hotel points and airline miles and redeem them for free travel.

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