13 Things You Must Write In Your Travel Notebook Before Leaving

1. Inspiration. Since this will be your travel bible you must be able to open it and find instant inspiration. Reserve the first page for your travel inspiration. Write quotes, paste photos of the places you want to visit, checklist of things you want to experience. Basically put whatever that will encourage you to go travel. This page can also cheer you up from your homesickness during your travel.

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2. Flight schedule. Dates, time of departure and arrival, terminal and flight number. I also write here my passport number and expiration date so I don’t have to bring my passport out when filling out arrival cards during the flight.

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3. Priority list/ Itinerary. I don’t do detailed itinerary rather I just make a list of my must- see, visit, eat and do. I check this list and try to figure out when to do it during my stay.

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4. Area guide.  Most cities are big and have a lot to offer. Breakdown the areas and write the attractions and places you can visit. It will help you to plan out your day and make the most out of your stay.

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5. Hotel Information. Write the address, telephone number and email. It’s hard memorizing the street names in a different country and it’s harder to pronounce them. Not all taxi drivers know the hotels especially hostels and budget lodgings but give them the address and they will get you there.

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6. Directions. This will seriously save you time and money. Public transportations are cheaper and more fun than hailing a cab all the time. Research about how you can get from one place to another by bus, train or boat. Most information are available online. Write as many options as possible if you can ride the bus or hop on a train to get there, write both methods.

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7. Entrance fees and tour prices. Just so you have an idea on how to budget your money. It’s also useful for buying tickets from your hotel or tour agencies. You can compare prices and see if you can get it cheaper if you buy directly. Write all the attractions even those not in your priority list.

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8. Some Asian countries such as Hongkong, Singapore and Bangkok have very extensive and efficient train systems that are interconnected throughout the city. Stop wasting time navigating your route at the train station. Print maps and plan your route before stepping out of your hotel.

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9. DIY walking tour map. In some cities like Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Ho Chi Minh the tourist attractions and sightseeing spots are concentrated in one area. I suggest you skip the city tour and do it your own. Go crazy on Google Maps and plot your own walking route.

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10. Time zones and Exchange rates.

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11. Contact list. You’ll never know when you’ll need to make an important call. This is important when your mobile phone is dead. Write down all important contact numbers you might need. Your families’ cell numbers, your airline’s support hotlines, contact numbers of people you know at the countries your visiting even if you have no plans of meeting them there.

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12. Hotel area. This is useful if you’re staying at the central and busy district such as Chinatown in Singapore, Khao San Road in Bangkok or at Pham Ngu Lao in Ho Chi Minh where you can explore many areas within walking distance to your hotel.

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13. Expenses. A lot the remaining blank pages to list your expenses throughout the day. It will help you control your budget and check whether you’re spending your money wisely.

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  1. Such a great idea. I love to be organized when I travel but never thought I about creating travel Notebook. My husband and I are going to Europe for five and a half month. Our trip starts in Prague. This will be a great thing to prepare before we leave.

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Richert Manjarres

    Very pleased I came across your post. A lot of ‘common sense’ travel ideas that are not commonly used. Will definitely keep my eye on your blog and its wealth of extremely useful information. Cheers and happy traveling.

  3. Great post! I love to read a fellow traveler’s work.

  4. Reblogged this on verynicetrue and commented:
    Para tomar en cuenta cuando viaje

  5. verynicetrue

    Gracias por los tips! 🙂

  6. I will definitely be using these suggestions for my trip next year. Thanks for the tips 🙂

  7. YWS

    Extremely organised and comprehensive travel list – love it!

  8. whyyan

    I have just started to keep a travel notebook. Not very much a guide like yours, but more to my experience on the road.
    It just had a different feel than keeping everything on the smartphone!

    And you have a very nice handwriting there 🙂

  9. i spotted Tahu Baso (2) 80,000 (i am sure it’s in rupiah) it’s kinda expensive though .. tsk! 🙂

  10. RafiqPunjani

    I really like the content and agree that it really helps to have all info at one place. Thanks!

  11. This is really helpful 🙂 I wish I would’ve had something like this during my 10,000 mile cross-country road trip!

  12. Great planning! So detailed! Very old fashioned! Love it! This is a wonderful keepsake to add to your photos other memorabilia.

  13. Thanks 🙂

  14. This is so helpful. Thanks!

  15. nice guide! will take note of this!

  16. This is probably the most organize travel notebook i’ve ever seen!

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  19. Great tips & I love the blog!

  20. Ruth

    Reblogged this on Little Things and commented:
    good tips, definitely will do this!

  21. Reblogged this on AYUSHMAN PERSHAD and commented:
    Haapy Traveling.

  22. Reblogged this on thefriendlygiraffe and commented:
    Love this post! What a great idea. Thanks for sharing – have re-blogged via thefriendlygiraffe!

  23. Reblogged this on Mak Peer.

  24. iwritepostitnotes

    Really good advice!!! I really enjoyed your post!

  25. shejj

    This is so great! When I start travelling (after I graduate, maybe) I will definitely remember to do this. Also, it’s great to keep as a memory of the trip. I love sentimental things like that. 🙂 Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

  26. Your journal is so organized! I am actually doing a very similar trip (in Chiang Mai now) and I wasn’t half as prepared as you! I definitely like the openended-ness and spontaneity that not planning so much allows, but there are lots of reasons to get super organized before leaving too. I wonder how different my trip would have been if I had done this..! I relied a lot on my memory and the guidebook on my iPad instead! Very glad I found your blog.

  27. This is great inspiration and also makes one get in the mood for a little bit of traveling. 🙂

  28. very, very helpful! 🙂
    thanks.

  29. All I can say is THANK YOU , THANK YOU , THANK YOU.

    Leaving for Cabo San Lucas in 10 days and trying to get my act together, this was PERFECT.

  30. Meag

    This is a really good idea. I’ve never been out of the U.S. but when I do go somewhere I will most definitely use this idea. Very organized and EXTREMELY helpful. Thank you for posting.

  31. This is soooooo awesome!! Thank you!

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