I’m sure that there are some seniors and others out there who are like me – a little technology challenged. I have an IPhone but leave it off when traveling abroad fearing that somehow I’ll end up with thousands of dollars of charges. I don’t have an IPod either and I’m leaving behind my laptop (too heavy) for this big trip of ours. I needed to find another way to stay organized while traveling.
We have come up with a system that works for us when we travel whether it is domestically or internationally. It helps us stay organized and keeps all of our paperwork, tips, confirmations and maps together.
We travel with a flexible three ring notebook. Ours has a clear pocket cover so we slip in our itinerary so we can glance at it quickly. Inside we have our flight information.
We then have dividers for each of the cities we are visiting with maps, public transportation maps
as well as a list of places that we want to visit rated by Trip Advisor and from other sites. There is nothing worse than going to a city and forgetting to see a site that you wanted to see.
I also have copies of emails from friends and forums that list things that I should see or do. Everyone usually is so helpful with sharing information and I don’t want to leave that information behind. We also put in our notebook all confirmation that we have for excursions, hotel rooms, etc. As we travel, we have the option of getting rid of the pages we no longer need
We found this method to be invaluable a few years ago. We had made reservations at a small B&B in Switzerland. What it actually turned out to be was renting a room in someone’s home – more like an AirBnB than what I think of as a B&B. We showed up late afternoon and no one was there. So Blogger Hubby and I drove around and had dinner out. We went back to this complex where there are our version of townhouses/condo with a multi car shared garage. I saw a car pull in and I asked the couple if they knew Mr and Mrs “X”. They looked a little wide eyed at me and it dawned on me that it was them. I told them we had a reservation for the night. They denied having any reservations; that’s why they went away for the weekend. I whipped out my email confirmation out of my notebook and they seemed surprised. They asked if we had reconfirmed it. That was a new concept for me. I said no, we had the written confirmation. Nevertheless, they quickly brought us into the home, charged us half price and made up the room. I was really glad that we had the written email to show. IF it was on my IPhone, I probably would have had to go through many messages to find it but doing it our way, it is at our fingertips.
I’ve just heard about Evernote. I haven’t tried it but it may work for you. My son uses TripIt but I found that it culled all the emails of mine when friends would send their flight info and it would think that it was mine. I haven’t tried it in awhile so it may be fixed. Let me know if you use either of these sites.