Planning for that Trip

cmptr2My wife and I are going to Victoria, Australia for a short holiday.  Part of the reason is to visit my sister, and part is for leisure.  It so happens that my wife was born in Melbourne, where we will spend the bulk of our vacation, and I have been there many times.

We both know the city fairly well, but things change, and it is best to do some research to discover any new attractions that have opened since our last visit, or shows and events that may be occurring whilst we are there.

Fortunately, the internet and various apps for our phones and iPads do make planning for a trip much easier.

One of the tools that I use is Evernote, which I find quite brilliant for helping me to plan my trip.  I also use Drive and Dropbox as backups too, but that is because I am extra cautious when travelling.

Evernote allows me to create a folder for particular trips, so that I can conveniently keep everything together.  The fact that I have it installed on my main PC, iPad and phone means that I can sync everything, and access all information whenever I need it.

I keep all the information that I may require on Evernote, and copy it to Dropbox.

My main reason for using Evernote as my preferred tool is simply that I like it, finding Evernote easy to use and really attractive.  Others may prefer Dropbox, Drive or any number of cloud-type devices.

My airline and hotel booking information is kept, as well as insurance details and an itinerary, if we have one.  If travelling overseas passport information is also kept on Evernote.

I share the copied information on Dropbox with close family members, so that if anything did happen to us, they too have access to all information.

I also keep booking numbers for flights, hotels and car rental in notes on my phone because it is much easier at check-in, and I quite like living in a paperless world.

Doing my research on Melbourne before arriving has helped me a lot.

Since our last visit there the State Government has introduced a new travel card for their local transport system.  These days, you cannot pay cash when boarding local transport, you can only travel if you have, what they call a Myki card, which must be pre-paid.

My Google search revealed, in less than a second, that they have a Myki Visitor Pack for tourists, which purchases the card and gives you enough credit for a full day’s use on local transport. There are other benefits too, such as savings at attractions, transport maps and a card holder to protect your Myki.

Having this local knowledge will save me a hassle the first time I wish to board a tram, bus or train, and the stress it will save is certainly worth the small amount of time that I spent online doing the research.

So, my advice is that when travelling, even if you have been to that destination before, just have a look online to see if circumstances have changed.  If you haven’t been to that destination before just do a short search to find out things like transport to and from airports, local transport requirements, check Google maps for location of hotels, and even do a direction search to map the route to take for the attractions you most want to see – you may find that walking is the easiest way to get to them.

Lastly, always leave your travel details in a way that is accessible by yourself, family or friends that you trust with your personal information.  That way, if you find yourself in trouble of any sort, you will have trusted people to help you out, or to contact the right people if you are incapacitated for some reason.

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