Month: March 2018

6 Tips on How to Leverage Bullet Journal for Travel

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Traveling can leave a lasting impression on your mind, whether it is a trip to the nearest woods or across the seven seas. However, getting the most out of your travel requires careful healthy condition, planning and budgeting. Using a bullet journal is the smartest way to achieve more with less in this regard. You would find it very useful and flexible especially if you are planning a long-term journey. Consider adding the following points in your bullet journal to make your trip an awesome encounter.

  1. Itineraries

One of the first things that your bullet journal can keep track of is the itinerary spread of your journey. Before making the entries into the journal, make sure you have planned everything from traveling dates and flights to hotel bookings and local transportation. Get all of your information together and start jotting down the essential points.

Write down your flight details including dates, times, flight numbers and terminal numbers. You can also add the details of local transportation including buses, taxis, car rentals, and trains. Include hotel booking details such as check-in and check-out timings, address, outstanding amount, and contact numbers. You can also create a log book of daily activities for the entire journey.

  1. Comparing Expenses and Budgeting

Traveling involves a variety of expenses. However, transportation, food, and lodging are the big-ticket expenses that you need to plan before leaving. You can use your bullet journal to pen down and compare these expenses to create a budget and find out the least expensive means of travel and boarding.

For example, if you are traveling within India, trains are usually cheaper than flights. Sometimes, a rental car is an affordable alternative for short journeys. The point is to create a ballpark estimate for your entire trip. You can add the details to an excel sheet later. Remember, these rough outlines will help you stay within your budget on a daily basis and make sure you have enough local currency in your pocket before leaving the hotel.

  1. Packing Checklist

If you are a frequent traveler, you may remember most of the things that you need to pack before heading out. But, don’t take any chances! Better write it down in your bullet journal. There are two advantages of creating a packing list. First, you don’t forget anything before leaving your house. Second, it reduces the chances of losing anything during your journey.

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You can dedicate a couple of pages from your journal to packing list. Just write down the things as and when you remember. Alternatively, you can also make list according to which item goes in which suitcase or backpack. Use the method that suits you!

  1. Pre-Trip and Post-Trip To-Do List

When you are planning a trip, you often get carried away and forget many things that need to be done before leaving your house. You may forget to stop the mail, water the plants, take out the trash, call credit card companies and banks or weatherproof your house among other things. You are not alone. It happens to the best of us.

That’s why you should create a pre-trip checklist to make sure you don’t forget anything. While you are at it, prepare a post-trip to-do list as well. You may have to make travel insurance claims, check your credit card statements, catch up with your work, and refill your medicine box after returning from your trip.

  1. Mapping of Destination Places

While you can always pull out your phone to check out your travel destinations, it is highly recommended to map them out in your bullet journal. It will allow you to save your phone battery for important stuff like calling and taking pictures. Plus, you won’t get lost in case your phone battery dies or there is no signal.

You don’t have to be an artist to draw the maps. Just take a print-out, flip it over your journal page and trace the map outline with a pencil. Add only the important details such as the desired route, directions, relative distance, and landmarks.

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  1. Your Travel Experience

How was your hotel stay? Was the local food as good as you thought it would be? Did you get a chance to interact with local people? Was it any good? What did you learn about the local culture, history, architecture, food, and people? You can write down all your experiences during the travel. No need to write long passages. Just scribble some notes so that when you get back, you can write a more detailed account of your journey. Sure, you can take pictures. But, this is also an interesting way to collect memories.

 

Over to You

A bullet journal is a simple and inexpensive tool that can make your journey more comfortable and memorable. Hopefully, the above tips will help you use a bullet journal for your upcoming trip. Have you used a bullet journal before? Share your ideas and experiences in the comments below.

 

About the Author:

Millie Rainer loves to share her insights, thoughts and perspectives by ​contributing her articles on niches like fitness, parenting, travel and lifestyle. Her articles have been featured on many high authority, quality and trusted sites and online magazines. She is also interested in music, fitness and art. In spare time, she loves to spend time with family and friends. Reach out to her at millierainer[AT]gmail[DOT]com​.

 

Budget Planning for Students: Best Apps And Tips

If there’s ever a parallel students can draw, it’s that money is tight for the most part. It’s tough to cover the basics, not to mention outlying cases of wanderlust.

Save the Student reports that 80% of surveyed students have said that money-related woes stay on their mind for the duration of their studies at colleges/universities.

The resource also states that the reason for this is the fact that more than 30% of students have never had a budget plan. As a result, young people do not know how to keep tabs on their funds. The problem becomes way more prevalent during travels.

But do not fret, this whole issue can be amended somewhat. If doing some hands-on accounting is not to your liking, you can still plan your expenses and manage funds with the help of some easy to use mobile apps. With these apps, students can keep track of their expenditures, analyze common traps findings, and get tips as to how to save money for their future trips.

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How to Choose a Travel Destination When on a Low Budget

Traveling on a low budget is tough, and it always requires a bit of thought. One of the best ways to save is to think about your destination carefully. While it does have to be a place that you want to visit, it also needs to be in line with your budget requirements. Here’s how to go about finding a place that will work.

Check the latest deals

Looking for cheap deals on flights and accommodation will get you off to a good start. At different times of year, different destinations might be more expensive than at other times, they might offer special deals because they aren’t as busy as usual. Bear in mind that most “deals” promoted on major travel websites will still be difficult for your low budget, but dig around a bit and you will find the real low-ball offers. Countries that aren’t popular or are experiencing their off-season are the most likely to be available at low prices. There might also be new resorts with opening deals, or countries whose governments have issued a tourism incentive lately which pushes the prices down.

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Crowdsourcing a Social Venture While Abroad

Slowly but surely, travel is changing. The magic of the internet has transformed how we connect with other people and how we find funding for our adventures.  

It’s no longer a matter of knowing the right people or having independent wealth (though that never hurts). If you have a the will to travel and the chutzpah to pack up and take the leap, you merely have to get in front of the right people, and the funding will come.

It’s easier said than done, though, right? With so many people campaigning for their own projects, how do you set yours apart?

Illustrate Your Personal Investment

You’ve come up with a travel plan, you’ve checked and re-checked it, you’ve bounced it off friends, and you finally have something that ticks all the items off your list. You’re finally doing it.

Of course you’re invested.

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How To Find A Cheap Hotel Room: What To Look For And What To Avoid

A comfy bed, fluffy towels, and plenty of free soap; sometimes you just need the comforts of a nice hotel room. Even if you’re used to staying in hostels or AirBnB accommodation, there are places that they are just not available or can be difficult to book last minute.

But with average daily rates climbing every year, it can seem silly to spend a lot of money on a room you probably won’t be spending that much time in if you’re out exploring all day. Take a look at the following tips on what to look for and what to avoid to help you find the best deals.

Compare a variety of third-party sites

Using the right booking website can save you a lot of money. Results can vary greatly depending on the site’s inventory and the destination you’re searching in, so be sure to compare a few before making a reservation. Booking.com and Agoda tend to offer the largest variety at reasonable prices and free-cancellation options.

Ask for better rates

Sometimes it’s as simple as that. Call up a hotel and ask for the best price they can offer you. Sometimes it’s cheaper than anything you can find online, especially if you’re booking midweek or during off-peak season.

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