Where am I and What do I do Here?
October 18, 2008 9:04 AM Subscribe
Looking for suggestions to help keep all my travel materials organized while traveling so that I do, in fact, see/do/smell/hear all of the great things about a particular place.
posted by webhund to Travel & Transportation (8 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I suspect that I am like many MeFites: we browse and scour the 'net looking for cool and out-of-the-way places to go, see, and experience when we travel. We get emails from friends telling us that we must do this/go here/see this/eat here; We collect all kinds of tips, hints, maps, itineraries, places to see, and other scraps of information about a particular place. That's all and great, but when I actually get there, I need a better way of keeping it all organized/collated/indexed/whatever so that the information is actually put to use.
My current approach is to print out everything I find or people send me about a particular place into a folder and try to keep it loosely organized by topics (i.e., restaurants, museums, trains, etc...). The problem with this is that when I'm in a BIG city, like London, New York, Berlin, etc... and I'm not totally familiar with the various neighborhoods within the city, the information tends to become somewhat useless to me as I never know what I have that's in my stash that also happens to be in the area where I'm at that particular moment.
I'm looking for analog (paper-based) ways of how good MeFite travelers organize their stuff. I'm all for the web and electronic means of organizing this stuff is OK, but the end result must be a take-with-me paper-based system as I really don't like hauling electronic gear around with me whilst traveling (iPhone excluded).
So, what's your travel organizing system look like?