5 Travel Planning Tips with Evernote

suitcase messYou’re planning a trip to Italy – OK, so maybe you’re not, but let’s just pretend…  You hold on to magazines, bookmark all these websites, save emails somewhere, and before you know it –  you’re one hot mess!  Everything is scattered all over the place, you can’t find half the stuff you saved ‘somewhere’, and by the time you reach Italy you realize that the list of all those cool places you wanted to visit is back home $#!&{14f5d89cdb458448eb9fffe01321f06ef5bef8c8ad6d8f6849e8ec1fe6b49dc7}#!

Evernote can’t pack your suitcase for you (or can it?!), but it can make your travel planning and your trip itself so much easier.  Here are some tips to help you out:

  1. Set Up a Travel Notebook in Evernote and use this to collect & organize everything.  Make sure you have Evernote on all your devices, so that you can easily add things no matter where you are… and, more importantly, you can travel with any device and have all the updated information with you – no more missing that list of cool places to visit.  Also, make sure that you have your Notebook available offline, in case you travel to places where it’s hard to get internet acces – this happens more often than you think;
  2. Share Your Notebook.  Are you traveling with someone?  Share the Notebook with him/her so you can both keep your notes in one spot;
  3. aruba travel poleCollect Your Ideas:
    • See something you like online?  Clip it with the Web Clipper app
    • Have an idea?  Type up a quick Note in Evernote or just record a Voice Note right in Evernote
    • Got cool stuff in your Email inbox?  Forward the email right into your Notebook (you’ll need the Evernote paid version for this handy dandy feature)
    • See something you like?  Take a picture of it and store it in your Notebook
  4. Gather Important Information.  Keep a copy of all your important documents in Evernote, so that you’ll have them with you no matter where you are.  You can either email them directly into Evernote or if they’re in paperform you can use the Scannable app to scan them directly into Evernote.  Some things to consider:
    • Travel docs (flight, hotel, car  and any other confirmations & receipts)
    • Passport & Visa
    • Health information, immunizations, and prescriptions
    • Emergency information (contact information of family, friends, doctors, etc.)
  5. Create Checklists to make sure you don’t forget anything.  In Evernote you can quickly and easily create all kinds of checklists.  Some checklist ideas:
    • Travel Packing List for the Summer
    • Travel Packing List for the Winter
    • Travel Packing List for Your Business Trip
    • Things to do, places to visit, weird things to try… you name it!

So now that you have all your ideas, information, and checklist in one place, you’re ready for take off.  You’ll have everything right there on your phone or tablet and if you do use a computer somewhere you can always access your account online as well.


Bonus Tip:

mobile-and-moleskineWhile traveling it’s always a great idea to journal all your memories while you’re doing them.  You can take a journal with you and collect everything as you go along.  Moleskine is a great Evernote notebook that lets you easily scan everything into Evernote.  Or you can just type in a journal entry directly in Evernote, take a quick photo, and even scan a cool menu and save it directly into your Travel Notebook – and organize it all when you get back home.

How do you travel – are you that ‘last minute packer’ or do you ‘plan everything to the T’?  Do you have a specific way of planning for your trips?  Please share!

Skitch is One of My Favorite Apps

If you’ve been with me for a while you’ll know I love Skitch – I actually use it for a lot of my tutorials.  It’s a super easy tool that lets you quickly annotate pictures, documents, and screenshots.  And yes, it’s free!

You can:
  • Add Arrows, Text, Shapes, and Stamps;
  • Draw (not really crazy about this one – AKA I just suck at it!);
  • Highlight or even Hide certain Areas;
  • Change the Color or Size of these Tools;
  • And yes, you can Crop your Image.

What Skitch Tools Do

To Give You an Idea

Let’s say, you’re working with someone on updating your website, but your web techie is not in the same space as you are, so you’re trying to communicate via email, phone calls, and voicemails – going back & forth & back & forth & back again – aarrgggghhh!!!  What a pain in the you-know-what!  

Why not take a quick screenshot, annotate what you want done on the page and voilà – you’re done.  This saves you a ton of time, emails, cursing, and money – Time is $$$

A few more ideas on where & how to use Skitch:
  • For Presentations.  Share a screenshot and add your instructions for a quick & easy view of what you’re trying to say;
  • At Work. Open a PDF and highlight changes to skip the lengthy, confusing email chains and give clear feedback;
  • At Events.  Capture a map, mark it up, and share it with your friends to show them where you’ll be;
  • At Home.  Planning a meditation garden?  Take pictures of your yard and annotate them to plan out your new space.

Where to Find Skitch

Skitch was part of the Evernote family and they used to have a quick and easy download for all platforms from their site, but Skitch has moved out on his own, so I had to do some digging for my PC friends.  You can find Skitch at:

  • Mac Friends:  You can downlaod Skitch @ Evernote or get the app for Skitch @ iTunes
  • PC Friends:  After some digging I found this link that has a download – but as you know I’m not a PC girl, so not sure how well it works… sorry, but my brain can only handle so much tech stuff!

(You can still use Skitch with your Evernote or just use it on its own.)

Do you have any creative ways of using Skitch?  Or do you have another tool that works just like it… or better?  Please share…