In order to have all my travel arrangements in one place I use a service called TripIt. When I receive eMail confirmations from airlines, hotels, train planners and so, I simply forward those to firstname.lastname@example.org, and within seconds they build or amend to an itinerary for me that is available in an app.
Today I noticed a slight flaw though. I was going by train from London, UK up to the Midlands via a large town in the UK called Reading.
The strange thing in the itinerary was that the interchanges in Reading was placed in chronology after arriving at and leaving the final destination.
A closer look at the data revealed two strange issues:
- Reading was spelled Reading, PA
- The time zone for the interchange was set to EST
Hmmm… There must be a town called Reading in Pennsylvania across the pond. Tripit must, when automatically reading the eMail, have chosen the US Reading for this ambiguous town name and thereby attached the Eastern American time zone to the interchange.
Picking the right Reading for me in the plan made the itinerary look much more sensible.