NATHALIE and OLIVIER

About us

We are Nathalie and Olivier and we live in beautiful Quebec City.

We've travelled in all kinds of ways. Over the last 15 years, between a few stays in France and a cruise to Alaska and another to South America, we have mainly done road trips with our travel trailer across the United States.

We run the Zath-Trotter Blog Zath-Trotter and we created the travel planner PLANNING MOTION.

The team:

Nathalie : ex-ski bum, hiker, project Manager, geek: our travel planning expert.

Olivier : ex-backpacker, hiker, image creator, king of orientation and itineraries, driver of our 52 feet rig (travel trailer - pickup truck): The Captain Driver !

photo en noir et blanc de Nathalie et Olivier à Bryce canyon

We haven't been everywhere yet, but it's on our list.

(inspired by a quote from Susan Sontag)
Planning Motion: We haven't been everywhere yet, but it's on our list. (inspired by a quote from Susan Sontag)

Okay, but why a trip planner?

We have developed the App we needed to prepare our trips!

Pour organiser nos voyages et préparer des itinéraires ,nous avons comme plusieurs, utilisé Excel ou Word pour tout noter.  Mais en préparation et surtout lorsque nous décidions de faire des modifications à l’itinéraire, faire des changements devenait vraiment très laborieux. 
 
We also used a calendar that synchronizes to the web. That was a little better, but it still wasn't good enough.
 
We tried project management software, but they were too complex and not at all suitable for travel.
 
We found sites that offer planning tools. At first interesting, they quickly become very frustrating by being very inflexible in allowing us to add only the travel elements reserved or offered by their platform.
 
When we met other travellers on the road, we realized that many of them had come to the same conclusions and were looking for exactly the same thing to organize their trip as we were.
 
So, you probably see where we're going with this? 
 
We decided to create the application we wanted : Planning Motion.
 
An application that gives a lot of flexibility to organize all kinds of trips. An application just as efficient as a project management software but much more user-friendly. A travel planner that does not constrain us to use it only with the services offered by affiliated partners.
 
So if like us you enjoy preparing your trips in the finest details and like to be well organized, you definitely will love Planning Motion. 
Ok, allow us to take a little more of your time.
Le calendrier interactif du planificateur de voyages Planning Motion dans l'écran d'un ordinateur portable

We do like planning !

First, you have to accept the idea that there is no right or wrong way to travel, there are simply as many different styles of travel as there are personalities. 
 
Alors notre style à nous, c’est de bien organiser nos voyages.   😉
 
Even if the preparation stage of a trip is not an easy task, we take the time necessary to do our research in order to build a coherent itinerary, find activities to do, accommodations and find any other information relevant to your trip.
 
All the information gathered allows us to have a clear vision of the trip we are preparing and to establish our budget.
 
This time spent planning our trip undoubtedly helps us to make good decisions and not to forget anything. And since no one can predict the unpredictable, good planning also allows us to better manage and minimize any problems that may arise during a trip.
 
Planning a trip doesn't necessarily mean not leaving room for the unexpected, on the contrary. In our experience, it is often easier to change plans and make informed decisions when we have a good idea of the implications of these changes.
 
Preparing for a trip is not an obstacle course race. The planning stage is as enjoyable for us as the journey itself.
 
Good planning helps us to travel better, save money, save time and make every moment of our trip memorable.
Ok, allow us to take a little more of your time.

Let's talk a little about Planning Motion.

Planning Motion is a planning and travel management application for travelers who enjoy planning their trip by themselves.
 
In Planning Motion you can :
 
- Collect and keep in one place all information about your accommodations, activities, car rentals, flights or any other information related to the planning of a trip.
 
- Build consistent itineraries with alerts that warn you when certain elements of your planning conflict with each other.
 
-make and monitor your budget, which can also be converted into a single currency.
 
- Manage and view your trip in an interactive calendar.
 
-Know exactly what you still need to prepare for your trip with the preparation status indicators.
 
– Establish your itinerary and plan how long you will be at each place you plan to stop. Planning Motion calculates your departure date based on your arrival date and the number of days of your trip or a stage of your trip.
 
You will be able to keep in the NOTEBOOK all the information gleaned during your research.  Places, accommodations, activities or any other travel elements that you wish to keep in note to build later, your future itineraries.
 
You won't need hours of training to take control of Planning Motion, it's an intuitive application designed to make planning and organizing your trips as easy and personalized as possible.
 
Planning Motion will help you to have a clear vision of the trip in preparation.  Warnings help to anticipate potential planning problems such as conflicts in activity schedules or accommodation reservations.
 
Our goal is to make the preparation of your trips as efficient as possible.
 
We have other enhancements and features under development that we will add to the application on a regular basis.  In addition, we are already planning a mobile version of Planning Motion to make your travel experience even more enjoyable.
Ok, allow us to take a little more of your time.

Plan well to travel better.