Whether you’re lucky enough to be heading off on a round-the-world trip, or you’re jet setting away for a week or two, there’s an art to planning the perfect trip. Of course, there’s a fine balance between researching every little thing and just going with the flow. The best trips mix a little of both. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to planning for your next adventure, using our A5 Travel Journal.
Your Travel must haves:
Know who to trust
When you’re planning your trip, you’ll soon see that there are so many blogs and review sites, offering up hundreds of contrasting opinions. The secret to choosing the cafes, restaurants and shops without the crowds is take your lead from the people in the know. Using travel guides, magazines and your favourite blogs, look up the up-and-coming places and be sure to make a note of your top picks using the handy info pages in your Travel Journal. Some of our favourite blogs to browse include Goop, The Tig and Cereal Magazine, for reviews we know we can trust.
Hang with the locals
The best thing about travelling somewhere new is the opportunity to meet amazing new people. To give you the best chance of meeting some friendly locals, be sure to stay away from the tourist traps. Try out cafes and bars in the neighbourhoods people actually live in and don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation. You never know where your new friends might take you!
Chase experiences, not sights
Travel isn’t a race to tick off ‘to see’ lists. Sometimes you can create more memories and soak in more atmosphere simply sitting outside a local coffee shop and watching the world go by. Why not use the prompts in our Travel Journal to capture what you see? It’s a beautiful way to be more mindful of your surroundings as well as creating a gorgeous keepsake to look back on.
We hope you’re feeling inspired and excited for your next adventure. Get started with our new Make Your Mark Travel Journal here.