Planning

Travel Planning Tips: Choosing the Perfect Destination

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The first step in any travel-planning process is choosing the perfect destination for your trip! There are a lot of things to consider when choosing a travel destination (and travel planning in general), so in addition to our super helpful travel notebook, we're here to share some tips that we use to decide where we will be heading next.

What do you want to get out of your trip?

The very first thing to think about when choosing the perfect destination, is what you want to get out of your travel experience? We are big believers in giving your trip purpose because it will inspire you throughout the travel planning process (and while on your trip) and give you something incredible to look forward to. Do you want to discover a new culture? Do you want to become more knowledgeable on a specific subject (European history, wine, Kung Fu)? Or, do you just want to relax and reset? Giving your trip purpose by setting expectations or goals is a great way to get you in the mindset for your trip and help you narrow down destinations that make sense. Even write down your purpose in a travel notebook for inspiration and focus!

Since you now understand what you want to get out of your trip, you’ve probably narrowed your search down quite a bit. What’s next? How do you actually decide?

Seasons & Weather

When planning your next travel destination, it is always important to consider the time of the year, seasons and weather in any potential destinations. Is it the busy tourist season or slow season? Is it warm and sunny or does it rain most of the day? Are there any events or festivals that you should be aware of?

Must-Do Activities

Another consideration while deciding on your next travel destination is any activities that you've always wanted to do! What are your bucket list items that you can check off on this trip? Do you have recommendations from friends and family? Are there any life changing activities that you can do? Jot some ideas down in your travel notebook for reference or a checklist later on!

Expenses

For most of us, the biggest factor in determining a travel destination is the cost. Does the expense match what you are expecting to pay for the trip? Often the biggest expense of a trip is the price of flights and other transportation. Remember to also take into account day-to-day expenses like the price of accommodations and food. Additionally, you'll want to account for any activities that you will want to do while on your destination.

Still stuck in your travel-planning process? If you're still undecided on where your next travel destination should be, we recommend searching the internet for the best places to accomplish your travel goals, scouring travel blogs for the perfect spot or checking out social media to see where might be a good fit. Browse our selection today for your very own travel notebook and streamline the entire travel-planning process!

 

Travel planning can be overwhelming. If you're planning a trip, simplify your travel planning process with the Adventure Assist travel notebook.

Eyes on Edinburgh: My Experience Using the Adventure Assist Travel Notebook

Circus Lane, an Instagram favorite in Edinburgh.

Circus Lane, an Instagram favorite in Edinburgh.

I love to write. I love to write in cursive on paper, in captions for Instagram, and in words for blogs. Therefore, when I found Adventure Assist on Instagram through the lovely Rachel of Rachel Lately, I was hooked. This travel notebook would be the perfect accompaniment for my fall excursion to Edinburgh, Scotland, and Cambridge, England.

 
Ready to go!

Ready to go!

 

My typical trip planning includes research, serendipity and reflection, and the Adventure Assist travel notebook encompasses the whole range of activities. From packing to processing, its design and functionality are unsurpassed. Whether you plan every minute, or go with the flow, you can use the Adventure Assist travel notebook to your advantage. Here’s my journey to the U.K., divided into Before, During and After.

 
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Adventure Assist at Edinburgh Castle

 

BEFORE: RESEARCH

Before I go on any trip, Instagram is my favorite tool for research. From local bloggers, to restaurant openings, to featured events, the aesthetic social media app has a whole host of possibilities. I studied abroad in Edinburgh for four months last year and also took a trip for spring break this year, so I love finding new and exciting people, places and pop ups every time I go.

My favorite pen couldn’t write fast enough in the To-Do section of my Adventure Assist travel notebook. I even made two separate entries for Edinburgh and one for Cambridge, a new city I had yet to explore. I neatly noted my transportation and accommodations information in their respective locations also.

Here’s a sneak peek at my Edinburgh destination list. From Attractions to Activities to Food and Drink, I thoroughly enjoyed detailing this trip from the beginning steps.

 
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Edinburgh in the To-Do section

 

DURING: SERENDIPITY

My blog, Strikes of Luck, is dedicated to the exploration of serendipity in everyday life. Expecting the unexpected is one of the most exciting parts of any travel experience, and my serendipity usually includes coffee shop creativity, photo shoots and Instagram meetups. This is where my Adventure Assist travel notebook entered the picture: I avidly noted my journeys in the journal part of the planner. I used one page per day and listed my adventures to accompany my photos.

In order to record the serendipitous encounters, I carried my travel notebook everywhere I went with my phone and my camera. The pocket in the back cover was perfect for tickets, flyers and other assorted memorabilia that I collected along the way. 

 
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The Balmoral on Princes Street, Edinburgh

 

AFTER: REFLECTION

The two-week trip flew by, and I was back home in Greenville, South Carolina, eager to tell my family and friends about my trip. Obviously, I turned to my Adventure Assist travel notebook for every tiny detail, from the South Carolina couple I met in my favorite coffee shop, to the Instagram dogs I interacted with , to The Cambridge Satchel Company store.

 
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As a traveler, blogger and all-around lover of words, I appreciated my travel notebook for its ease of access, captivating design and creations “for travelers, by travelers.” Head to my Instagram or blog, Strikes of Luck, to follow my creative community and smiling serendipity.

Guest post by Sarah Cooke


Head on over to our SHOP page and get your very own Adventure Assist travel notebook. Where will it take you?

Top 5 Reasons to Travel Plan

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We certainly recommend spontaneity while traveling, after all this is often where the best travel stories originate. However, we believe in being informed travelers, which means becoming familiar with your destination's history and culture, and having an idea of what you want to get out of your travel experience, and a travel notebook aids that end. With this in mind, we can't understate the value that we place on trip planning. For us, this doesn't mean to plan out every waking hour or even necessarily your hotel for next week. But it does mean, at the very least, knowing your options. Here are our top 5 reasons to travel plan:

Better Connect to Your Destination

Everything we do at Adventure Assist, and our travel notebooks, centers around better connecting travelers to their destinations. Having found that knowledge enhances experiences, we encourage everyone to take the steps to learn about their destination's culture, history and language before travel.

Prioritize

Becoming familiar with the available sites to explore and activities to do during your travels allows you to prioritize the things you want see and do most.

Availability

Planning and booking hotels, transportation and tours in advance typically gives travelers more options and less to worry about. Some specific transportation and tour options must be booked in advance or you will miss out. If you want to be a bit more spontaneous, we dig it, but we also recommend at least knowing what options are out there.

Save Money

Planning ahead allows you to better budget your money. As an extra bonus, sometimes you're able to qualify for early booking discounts for travel services. Certainly a great reason to jot it down in your travel notebook!

Save Time

Travel planning ahead of time allows you to take unforeseen circumstances into account and make sure that things run smoothly. It gives you more free time and actually allows you to be a more flexible traveler.

Let us help your travel planning with our amazingly-designed travel notebook and browse our selection today today!


Start planning your next adventure today, get an Adventure Assist travel notebook over on our SHOP page!

How a Travel Notebook Better Connects You to Your Destination

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Here at Adventure Assist, our mission is to better connect travelers to their destinations. How are we doing that you ask? Well for starters, we launched the best travel notebook ever made. Yes, a physical notebook. I promise that we like apps and computers as much as anyone, but there really is just something special about writing things down by hand.

In fact, science is on our side. Writing things down has been proven to help people achieve their goals, learn more, remember more, be more organized and be more productive. Google it if you don't believe us. You access more of your brain when you write things down.

That brings us to our travel notebook — a hybrid between travel planner and travel journal. It was designed for travelers, by travelers, with only the most relevant and useful sections included. We want to make it easier for you to access all of the information that you need while traveling. Also, the whole back section is a journal to note your ambitions, the things you've learned on your journey, and everything else you want to remember once you're back home.

We want to help travelers better connect to their destinations. Did you learn any useful Spanish words from your trip throughout South America? How about the ancient history you learned about during your stay in Rome? Can you remember the name of your favorite restaurant that you went to in Paris? On your dream trip to Japan, did you make friends that you'd like to stay connected to? The Adventure Assist Travel Notebook helps you do all of this and more. Shop our selection and get your very own travel notebook today!


To get your own Adventure Assist Travel Notebook, head on over to our shop page.

Tips to Travel Like a Local

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What better way to connect with your destination than by pretending you really lived there? Here are our tips on how to travel like a local!

Stay with a local

 AirBnB, HomeAway, Couch Surfing, Home Stays - One of the best ways to travel like a local is to stay with one. Not only will this get you out of the tourist zones and into a neighborhood, but your host will usually have tons of information on their favorite places to eat, drink and hang out. They will often even take you themselves.

Travel to places where you know someone

Travel to places where you have a connection that will show you around or give you some tips. Meeting new people while traveling is a great way to gain friends from all over the world. Take advantage of those connections, to find the local hotspots!

Public transportation

If you want to travel like a local, you must actually travel like the locals. Use the bus system or take the subway!

Don't rely on tours

Tours can be a great way to experience a new site, learn about your destination and meet new people, but if you want a truly authentic experience you may want to look elsewhere. This is where trip planning can come in handy - sometimes it's better to create your own tour. 

Learn local customs and at least some phrases

Do yourself a favor and research the local culture and customs before you arrive at your travel destination. Also, try to pick up a few simple phrases that will likely come in handy on your trip. You will be less likely to look like the lost tourist and the locals will be appreciative. 

Eat local

Ask locals for their favorite restaurant recommendations or head into the packed lunch spot with no tourists. This is a great way to get a taste for living like a local.

Don't hang out with tourists

Obviously it's great to make friends and you can meet some very interesting travelers, but if you want to travel like a local, try to befriend some locals. 

Dress the part

Be aware of the local dress and act accordingly. This could mean getting a sense for the local customs, or just style. 

Get lost

Take some detours, go the long way back to your hotel, go for a run through town. Always be safe and aware of your surroundings, but don't be afraid to get off the beaten path when you feel like it.

Travel with Purpose

Want to learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu? Travel to Brazil and train with the pros. Want to learn everything about wine? Book a stay in the Tuscan countryside of Italy. Want to learn to speak Spanish? Enroll in Spanish classes in Costa Rica. There are a million ways to travel with a purpose and it is one of the best ways to make an authentic connection with locals.


Want to better connect to your destination? Get an Adventure Assist Travel Notebook over on our SHOP page today!

How To Stay Organized While Traveling

Traveling can be the perfect time to "get away" and explore new cultures, go on epic adventures, or just relax for a few days. It should be a thoroughly enjoyable experience! These are our tips for how to stay organized while traveling so you can have the best time possible rather than feeling stressed out.

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Packing List

A great place to start your travel organization is with a packing list. Putting a packing list together insures that you don't leave any must have items behind and that you are properly prepared for your travels. (You can use ours!)

Pack Light

Packing light is the easiest way to stay organized while traveling because you don't have as much to keep up with. By packing light, you are more mobile, flexible, and you know where all of your travel gear is.

Packing Aids

Packing cubes and compression bags not only save space but they are also great for separating and organizing your items so that you know exactly where everything is when inside your bag.

Unpack Immediately

This is a hot topic but we have found that we are the most organized (and most sane) when we unpack immediately upon arrival to our travel destination. Living out of your suitcase or backpack is just no way to live. Put clothes in drawers or on hangers, take your gear out to put in a safe place, etc. You'll be more organized while at your destination and won't have to search for that missing item deep in your bag. Whether you plan on staying for a few days or a few months, we stand by unpacking immediately upon arrival. 

Keep Travel Details In One Place

Write down your most important travel details in one place. Recording flight numbers and times, hotel addresses and phone numbers, and anything else that you may have to reference, is a total hack for being efficient and organized while traveling. (Our Adventure Assist travel notebook is perfect for this!)

Itinerary/Calendar

Another hot topic -- Do you plan your travel itinerary ahead of your trip or just show up for a completely spontaneous adventure? Our proven plan of attack is to do our research, know our options, but decide for sure what we want to do as we go along. This way we feel better informed and connected to our destination but also maintain some spontaneity. We've found that making a list of all our options is extremely helpful and we also recommend maintaining a travel itinerary/calendar as you make decisions for tours, transportation, etc. (Adventure Assist travel notebooks come equipped with both a To-Do section as well as a full 12 month itinerary calendar!)

TO GET YOUR OWN ADVENTURE ASSIST TRAVEL NOTEBOOK, AND STAY ORGANIZED ON YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE, HEAD ON OVER TO OUR SHOP PAGE. 

10 Reasons to Keep a Travel Journal

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1. You'll forget more than you might think

Let's face it, our memories aren't always great. In fact, sometimes we can forget some pretty amazing stuff. How old is the Colosseum in Rome? What was the name of that delicious sushi restaurant in Tokyo? What did you learn about yourself backpacking South America solo for 3 months? 

Considering all of the excitement around new experiences while traveling, it can often seem like a specific travel experience would be impossible to forget. However, we know that's not the case. You'll be so frustrated later when you're trying to remember those memories that you didn't write down.

2. It helps you better connect to your destination

Have you read any books about your destination? A travel journal is the perfect place to take notes. Heard a song you like by a famous musician from your destination? Write it down. Taken a tour of a monument and learned about its history? Take some time to write about your experience. 

Not only will you better remember this information, but you will feel more connected to your destination. We often travel because we like experiencing cultures different from our own to learn and grow. This is a great tool to do just that.

3. Store practical information

A travel journal is a great place to record all of the practical information that you want to remember -- the email address of that friendly backpacker at a hostel in India, the name of your favorite restaurant in Mexico City, or that artist that you discovered at the Louvre. 

You'll be glad you have all of this information to refer back to when you are returning to a travel destination or are giving advice out to fellow travelers.

4. Learn about yourself

Traveling can be a practice of self discovery. As you learn about your destination, you can now apply that perspective to your own life. What better medium to discover yourself than to write down your thoughts and emotions into a travel journal and get the most out of your new insights.

5. Creative Inspiration

Traveling often seems like a never-ending source of creative inspiration. Adding your own spin to your travel journal will not only make the practice more pleasurable, it will increase your connection to a location by adding your personal expressions. Drawings, lists, maps, recipes and even including postcards and ticket stubs are ways to liven up your entries for a dynamic view into your own unique travel experiences.

6. A place to call your own

Amid new places, people and cultures, its nice to have an outlet that is uniquely your own while traveling. By keeping a travel journal, you have a place to reflect on your very personal travel experiences and are able to express yourself within the comfortability of your own self expression. Often out of your comfort zone while traveling, its nice to have a place to call your very own. 

7. An outlet for travel stress

Sometimes travel is complex -- and stressful. On these occasions, your journal can be a lifeline of sorts. If feeling homesick, anxious or frustrated, writing about it in your travel journal can bring some relief and offers reflection into the situation. You will usually find that things aren't as bad as they had seemed and that you are just as brave and resilient as you have always been. 

8. It's a good use of time

Have a 4 hour layover? What about a 7 hour train ride? Eating lunch alone? A travel journal is a great use of time in these situations and more. Take advantage of the minor inconveniences that often accompany travel and use that time for creative expression, self-reflection or recording anything else that you'd like to remember.

9. Helping others when you get home

Ever had a friend ask for travel tips from a recent destination only to struggle to remember the specifics? Recording these practical details not only helps you get more out of your trip but it very well might help a friend get the most out of theirs.

10. It's a great keepsake

There's not much in life that can replace an old travel journal and its charming character from being worn out on the road. Your travel journal will serve as a tangible, and often beautiful, keepsake to look through and reminisce about your many adventures for years to come. 

 

To get Your Own Adventure Assist travel notebook, equipped with a large travel journal section, head on over to our SHOP page. 

Thank You!

 
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This past week was seriously awesome!! We're so happy to have YOU as part of our community as we work to achieve our goal of better connecting travelers to their destinations. Thank you for making our launch such a success!

We want to check out all of your adventures, so be sure to share photos of your Adventure Assist travel notebook in action and tag us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Here are some of our favorites so far:

Get Your Adventure Assist Travel Notebook Today!

Today is the day! We are so excited that we can finally help you stay organized on your adventures with your very own Adventure Assist travel notebook

Our travel-friendly notebook is the first of its kind, the most flexible and well designed travel planner out there. It also doubles as a beautiful travel journal so you can relive your travels for years to come. 

You can order yours today, exclusively on our online SHOP!

We are hosting some awesome giveaways on our Facebook and Instagram pages today to celebrate! So if you don't already follow our social media accounts, be sure to do so for a chance to win!

Better Connecting Travelers to Their Destinations

 
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At Adventure Assist, we strive to better connect travelers to their destinations in everything that we do. Our reason for existence is to build a community that inspires more conscious, informed and purposeful travel.

Through this pursuit we're launching the perfect tool to plan your travels. It's also a space to store your thoughts, ambitions and mementos, making it a beautiful keepsake to relive your adventures for years to come. 

On Tuesday, July 18th, we're launching the Adventure Assist travel notebook.

This travel-friendly notebook helps organize the most important details of any adventure. A hybrid between a travel planner and travel journal, it was created based on hundreds of travel experiences and includes only the most relevant sections. With the authentic traveler in mind, its minimal design maximizes space while assisting you during any length of trip. 

Here at Adventure Assist, we believe in knowing your options and being able to reference them easily and efficiently. Whether you like to plan ahead or figure it out as you go, we're here to help.

What Are Travelers Saying?

 
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Catelyn - Austin, Texas

"I loved having my Adventure Assist travel notebook to help me prepare for a month long trip to Spain. I was feeling really anxious about all the info I needed to keep straight, and whether I'd have access to wifi when I needed it, or if I should just print everything out and use a clunky folder. It felt so comforting to have all of my important AirBnB reservation info, train and flight info, and ideas for spending my time in one place. Not to mention, it is such a thoughtfully designed book! The second half is just blank journal pages that are perfect for taping in tickets and taking notes. I plan to save my Adventure Assist travel notebook as a scrapbook to look back on my trip for years to come."

 
 
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Matt - Washington, D.C.

"My Adventure Assist travel notebook has been super helpful during my 5 week, 10 country Euro trip this summer! During my trip, it was essential that I have all my travel information in one place - flight info, tickets, hotel addresses, etc. I also found the pockets on the covers extremely handy. While traveling, I had a lot of fun creating my calendar in a free form that apps just don’t allow. Most importantly, I was able to document my once in a lifetime trip in the journal section. I highly recommend the Adventure Assist travel notebook for an international trip!"

 
 
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Chelsea - Salt Lake City, Utah

"I can't tell you how much I love my Adventure Assist travel notebook! I write down everything when we travel because it is so easy to forget little details like the name of the hole-in-the-wall restaurant or the bed and breakfast hotel we loved. I used to use the notes section on my phone or write things down on a piece of paper that I always ended up losing. With this notebook, I can track it all in one place. It is also very well made and durable, so I know it will last throughout any adventure!"

 

See what all the hype is about and get your very own Adventure Assist travel notebook today!

 
 

Want a Better Travel Experience?

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We couldn't be more excited to begin inspiring better travel experiences by helping you stay organized throughout your upcoming adventures with our amazing travel notebooks!

Not only is our travel notebook the perfect tool to plan the important aspects of your travels, but it is also a beautiful journal to store your thoughts, ambitions and mementos. Our travel-friendly product is the first of its kind, the most flexible and well-designed travel notebook out there.

This travel notebook was created based on hundreds of travel experiences and features seven flexible sections that cover the most important travel details. Browse our selection and get your travel notebook today!

Featured Sections:

  • Packing - List adventure gear, regional specific clothing, travel documents and entertainment essentials for your journey.

  • To-Do - Recommendations to remember, guidebook highlights and must-dos go here.

  • Transportation - Whether going by plane, train or old fashioned taxicab, take note of all official transport information here, and keep the adventure running smoothly.

  • Accommodations - Log the details for each temporary home you'll make along the way.

  • Calendar - Connect your to-dos to each day of your expedition. Plan it all out, and get it all in.

  • Contacts - Make connections and keep memories alive by staying in touch.

  • Journal - Document a day, memorialize a meal, take notes, sketch a portrait or map. It's up to you.

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Here's just some of what makes our travel notebooks special:

  • Access Travel Info Efficiently

  • Flexible Enough for any Journey

  • Two Ribbon Page Markers

  • Travel Journal Section

  • Plan & Organize Travel Details

  • Beautiful & Practical Design

  • Durable & Travel-Friendly

  • Pockets on Inside Cover

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We Have a BIG Announcement

We have our official launch date!

You can be one of the first to improve the way you travel by getting your Adventure Assist Travel Notebook this summer. The notebooks will be available exclusively in our online shop starting on Tuesday, July 18th!

On launch day we will be having a lot of fun around the Adventure Assist headquarters! We are going to be hosting tons of awesome giveaways on our Facebook and Instagram pages, so if you don't already follow our social media accounts, be sure to do so for a chance to win!

We couldn't be more excited to begin inspiring better travel experiences by helping you stay organized throughout your upcoming adventures.