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Love traveling with friends, but hate when the time comes to split the bill? Try using Splitwise!
Splitwise is one of the best non-travel apps that I have ever downloaded for travel. It's a simple, but super powerful way to track shared expenses on vacation. No more worrying about the awkward "who owes who" conversation!
Splitwise is a free tool for easily tracking expenses, and keeping all of your shared bills in one place. When it's time to pay each other back, Splitwise will calculate the "IOU" amount for you!
The app can be accessed through an iPhone, Android, or the web.
I got Splitwise to share expenses between my roommates, but it didn't take me long to realize how useful it is for travel. Here's just a few of the many times where it can help you out when traveling in a group:
Download the Splitwise app on iOS, Android, or visit the website here.
Get set up by creating a group, and inviting your travel companions to join Splitwise.
Some basic menu options in the Splitwise app are shown below:
To add a new bill or expense, click "plus" icon in the bottom middle of the screen.
On the next screen (shown below), you can add your bill.
Two of my favorite things that you can do when adding a new bill in Splitwise:
When it comes time to pay each other back, find the "Settle Up" button.
The "Settle Up" screen will then give you the option to either record a cash payment to clear your debts, or send a payment via Venmo. Easy as that!
One of the options when using Splitwise is the debt simplifications, or "Simplify Debts" feature
(found under Advanced Settings). This feature was implemented to reduce redundant payments, and can really simplify your pay-back train in bigger groups.
For example, if I owe my dad $5, and he owes my brother $5, I would just pay the $5 debt directly to my brother. Just another way that this app leaves less time worrying about finances, and more time enjoying your trip!
What are your other must-have apps for traveling with friends?
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