Do you know what I love nearly as much as travelling and coffee? It is the planning and organization of my travels. The increasing anticipation travel planning brings helps me to get through the most stressful and grey day. For 2016, I’ve two trips to look forward to. From September 7th-9th I’ll be in London, celebrating my birthday. Then on October 20th I’ll fly to New Zealand and stay there for around 6 months. Naturally, there is a lot to keep in mind. Especially when it comes to booking references and confirmations.
In an attempt to stay organized and to make sure that I don’t forget anything important (the first time I went to New Zealand, I forgot to get an insurance… oops!), I’ve started to use three ways of staying organized (and sane). In addition to my Midori Traveller’s Notebook, I’m also using the two apps Trello and Tripit. Since I’ve been loving my current way of staying organized, I thought I’d share it with you.
My dear friend Alice from thegeekyburrow.com introduced me to the wonderful (and FREE!) app Trello. Now what is Trello? In short, it is a collaboration tool to organize project. I’ve been using it to organize this blog, my various upcoming trips, and I’ve also started to use it as a reading journal. In other words, your possibilities, are endless. My set-up for my New Zealand (& Samoa) trip looks as follows: To do before depature, Bookings, North Island (NZ), South Island (NZ), Samoa, and Research.
While I’ve also included various checklists of things I need to organize and buy, I’m using Trello mainly as a place to collect addresses, links and possible things to do in each town. I’m planning to see as many places in New Zealand as possible and if my money allows it I’ll also visit Samoa. In other words, there is a lot to keep in mind and to remember. So for me the easiest way is by creating individual lists for each island and then cards for each town. By doing that, I have a neat and organized list of all the things I want to do.
I’ve you’re curious to know more about Trello as a travel organizing tool, go and check out Alice’s post on how she planned her trip to London!
It is no secret that Tripit is the holy grail of travel organization apps. I’ve only discovered it a few months ago and oh boy is it fantastic! Tripit is my go-to app to save all my bookings. For my flight to New Zealand, I’ll have two stop-overs and Tripit is a great way to save every bit of information for each flight down to the very seat number.
What love about Tripit the most is the fact that I can forward all my E-Mail confirmations to my Tripit account instead of adding everything myself.
Midori Traveller’s Notebook
Last year, my sister gave me a Midori Traveller’s Notebook for Christmas and I’m looking forward to use it during my travels. I never thought I’d love the format of this notebook so much, but I do! My current set-up consists of a sketching journal, a journal for my ‘one little word’ and a journal for taking notes for all my university related stuff.
However, for my upcoming travels I’m planning to change my set-up to an organizing journal where I’ll keep all my bookings and important journals, a general sketch journal, and a travel journal to document my journey. As much as I love Trello and Tripit, I can’t live without actual journals to stay organized. In previous years I’ve been using random inexpensive journals, but now I have my amazing Midodi!
I will post more about the changes my set-up will undergo later this year because I do have a few things planned that might either change my planned travel set-up or will require a second Midori Traveller’s Notebook. These will be among the big plans I have for my blog this year and I really can’t wait to start working on it in the upcoming weeks!
I know there are countless other apps, and methods out there people use to plan and organize their travels, but to me Trello, Tripit, and my Midori are the perfect combo to stay organized. However, I’m always eager to try new things out, so if you know an even better app or way to organize, leave a comment down below!