I literally bring my bullet journal with me everywhere. It comes with me to work, it comes with me to visit my parents, it comes with me to dinners out, it comes with me when I am visiting friends. I don’t have it constantly out and I’m not constantly writing in it, but it’s wonderful to have when I want to jot down a note or a memory.
I’ve even brought it with me abroad. I spent three weeks in Asia and brought my bullet journal along. At first, I thought I might have made a mistake because it was just extra weight I would have to carry around, but it actually turned into a very valuable way to store my memories of the trip.
I not only used it while I was on the trip, but I also used it to help plan my trip.
Here are a couple of ways I use my bullet journal for travelling:
One of the first things I do when planning a trip, which I’m sure is something everyone else also does, is research places that I want to go while I am in that particular destination. Whether it be food or landmarks, I’ll create a list of the places that I’m even vaguely interested in. I’ll then divide out and organize the list by places I want to dine (categorized as ‘EAT’) and places I want to visit (categorized as ‘EXPLORE’). I even take it one step further and divide out the ‘EAT’ and ‘EXPLORE’ categories into specific neighborhoods or areas. This helps with…scheduling!
I typically try to plan my days around specific areas so I can explore all that a certain neighborhood has to offer before moving on. I lay out all my days on the trip and start adding ‘EAT’ or ‘EXPLORE’ places that have similar areas to the same days. Generally I have a very loose schedule as I like to leave room for any unexpected surprises or any specific food cravings.
The most obvious way of using your bullet journal for travelling is to list out all the items you’ll need to pack for the trip. It was convenient to have everything I would need in one easy place to look at – especially since I took my bullet journal on the trip with me. You can always take a peek at your list when packing up to go home to make sure you’re not forgetting anything abroad. I organize my packing list into different categories as well:
- MAKE UP
I also had a special category that I called ‘BACKPACK’ because it contained what I would be holding in my day pack for exploring each city. Not necessary but nice to have.
Using a weekly log was a wonderful way for me to jot down the things that we did each day. Three weeks of travel was a pretty long time for me and my memory is not great, so being able to look back and read in my weekly log what exactly we did is a great resource. I also like being able to look back at what we actually did versus what my initial schedule and plan was.
Not for everyone, but I had a lot of people I had promised souvenirs to so having a list of people and what I wanted to get them was really great while I was on the trip. This way, I didn’t forget about anyone! WINNING.
And finally, after the trip was over, I recapped my entire experience in my bullet journal as well. I pasted a very cute picture of my cousins and I to commemorate the trip and jotted down all the most memorable moments (using my weekly log as a memory jogger!). The recap is great way to look back on how exactly I felt coming off the trip and just makes me want to travel again soon.
How do you use your bullet journal? Do you use it to help plan your trips as well?