No doubt that you are already planning travels you want to make in 2018. What will you do on that day? What will you bring? A camera to visually document the trip? A journal? Is the weather cold or warm? Will you need sunglasses or special vaccinations?
Planning for travel can be a frustration at times. However, do you know what can make it all easier? A simple pen and an inspiring paper!
Yes! In a travel journal, you can scribble down every little detail surrounding your trip. You can add a section on preplanning, during the journey, and after the trip.
This is the phase where you’ll usually scratch your head and wonder. What will I be doing in <Insert place >? If you’re a budget traveler like I am, you will frequently check cheap flight ticket rates. I check mine at Google.com/flights and make alerts. By making alarms, I get an email notification everytime the price of the destination has dropped. In this way, I can buy when the price is low.
In the past year, I have made short travels to Madrid, Paris, and Bremen of less than a 2 weeks. And it’s good to know which companies have cheap tickets and are super reliable. One of them is Transavia, they have a fantastic customer service and usually answer within an hour via email. Transavia also has frequent discounts.
Another tip is to make an itinerary and include places you’d like to visit. Make a list of them and their addresses. In Google Maps you can add all addresses and check out the distance between them. Super useful.
Jot down your plans. It’s better to have an idea where you’re going than to wing it at times. The best way to do it is by having a cutesy journal at hand to inspire you to write more. These journals below are beautifully designed by several artists at Minted.com for just $16. W..T..F..
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During and after the trip
During the trip, you can write down you feel about a place. What you’ve discovered and what you’d like to visit again should you return to the place. Don’t forget to add pictures, stickers, typical postcards of the country, and pressed flowers or leaves.
Why? Without a doubt, you’ll know people back ‘home’ who’d like to hear all about your trips from you. They have seen your Instagram/Snapchat/Facebook/Messenger stories, and they can’t wait to hear your stories once your back. They’ll also know friends who might be going to same places and want recommendations. For these purposes, you’ll thank me later.
After the trip, if you have some pages left in your journal. Plan another one!