Jack McDermott is a traveling adventure and lifestyle photographer based out of Seattle, Washington. On his recent travels to Indonesia, Jack took an Adventure Assist travel notebook along with him. Upon his return, we caught up with him to chat about his trip.
What do you love about traveling?
Traveling brings me closer to the world, it makes me feel connected and part of places and cultures I’ve dreamt about. It’s through the people I meet and the relationships I form that really make me love traveling. The best memories I have so far in my life have been through the experiences I’ve had while traveling.
Tell us about your recent trip to Bali - is it as magical as everyone says it is?
Bali seems like a dream. It’s an incredibly diverse island with so many sections, beaches down south, jungles towards the middle, and mountains up north. Not only are its features incredible, but the people are some of the nicest and most genuine I’ve ever come across. Bali really is a little island paradise, it’s like a trap, once you get there you never want to leave.
What was your experience like using the Adventure Assist Travel Notebook?
I’ve always been big into planning and journaling when I travel. As a photographer, I’m constantly planning locations and ideas of where to shoot, Adventure Assist helped me so much with the organization and schedule for my plans. I believe it is incredibly important to journal when you travel, looking back in a month, a year, or even 10 years at my writing from my trips will put me exactly back in the mindset and experiences I had while traveling, and Adventure Assist was perfect for keeping a journal as I traveled.
Do you feel like it helped you better prepare for your trip?
100% it helped. Normally I would be scratching down my plans, flights, and other important information randomly throughout my other journals. Adventure Assist provided me a concise and organized layout for planning my entire trip.
How did you use the notebook during your trip?
I used it for so many different things. I would journal and write about what I had done that day or my thoughts about recent discoveries or ideas. I was able to write down what buses/trains I needed to take to travel across East Java. I even sketched when I had free time, drawing some of the things and places I had seen.
Would you recommend it to other travelers?
Yes, this notebook is a great way to stay organized and document your experiences while traveling. I am a big advocate for journaling and this notebook provided me the perfect place to write down my thoughts. I used this notebook before, during, and after my trip to Bali. Everyday I felt prepared for my travels, because I knew I had an organized place to keep my information.
You can learn more about Jack by checking out his website and Instagram.
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