When most people think about Evernote in a travel context, they think of it as a place they can store their flight itineraries offline. However, as I’ll show you in Traveling with Evernote, it is capable of so much more.
The core of my book is about travel planning, because this is where Evernote really shines.
Let me illustrate.
There’s no guidebook for the twenty something first-time solo female traveller, who loves fashion, design, museums, cute cafés, and has an active social life. Nor is there a guidebook for the 35 year old traveler who no longer wants to stay in hostels, although is still traveling on a budget. He’s gluten free, and loves organic vegetarian food, night markets, local history, exploring the latest in technology, and spending time in nature. Guidebooks also don’t cater specifically for the couple who have just started a new family, and are looking for kid-friendly things to do, see, places to eat, and an awesome place to stay, all on a tight budget. For the retired couple who want to enjoy their twilight years, there’s no guide written just for them.
There’s no guidebook designed especially for any of these, or most other specific types of travelers.
But you can make one.
In Traveling with Evernote, I show you how to create your own guidebook that is 100% tailored to the types of things that you love to do, eat, and see. It can also be designed to get you the best of all these experiences according to your specific budget. You can be as flexible as you want, planning as much or as little of your travel as you desire.
Here are some of the things that go into my Evernote ‘guide book’.
My Evernote Guide Book
Some of the things I love to do whilst I travel are hiking, city walking tours, visit night markets, eat healthy food, and make nature sound recordings.
Here are a few examples of the unique types of content I found for places of interest on my recent trips to Asia.
In Taiwan, there’s several excellent bushwalking blogs and books that cover hikes and day trips around Taiwan. For night markets, along with the Tourist Board website, there are dozens of blogs that list the best night markets. Someone also created a custom Google Map that lists the best night markets in Northern Taiwan. I can export that data into a maps app on my iPhone.
I recently took up sound recording as a hobby. Online, I found a nature sound map of Taiwan that plots onto a map of Taiwan over 200 sound recordings you can listen to. For my recent trip, I used that sound map as inspiration to make my own recordings.
Local art-house films are another love of mine. Taipei has a few really beautiful film theatres. One is housed in a ‘creative park’ estate and another in a beautiful renovated building, which was the former residence of the US Ambassador. Taiwan has an amazing local film scene. Many of the films shot in Taiwan showcase the island’s beauty. (Here, you can watch a trailer of that film, Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above.) If I want to watch local movies or rent DVDs, I can search the titles produced in any country by year at IMDB.com.
For an interesting break, I’m going to jump on a ferry to visit a small island off the coast of Taiwan for a short stay. I’ll supplement the information from this self-published Kindle Taiwan Islands guidebook with online research (for tips, tricks, inside advice, and the best prices), and by asking at the local tourist office for further information. The tourist office will also likely have knowledge of websites written in Chinese that I would otherwise be unaware of.
Next, I love eating healthy food. In Kuala Lumpur I found the LivingFood Bistro & Café via the TripAdvisor website. That café takes pride in creating nutritious meals that are exquisitely presented. And the staff also takes exceptional care of attending to their customers health and well-being requirements. LivingFood is now one of my favourite places to eat in Kuala Lumpur. It is not in the guide books, and I would not have happened across it on the street.
And for accommodation in Taipei, I’m staying in a beautiful apartment in a small village near the beach. I found that apartment online after bookmarking (and later exploring on foot) an interesting-looking town that I passed through whilst on a bus, on a previous visit to Taipei. That apartment cost me less than the monthly price of a bed in a shared hostel dorm in Taipei. With some basic search skills, you can punch way above your weight in terms of getting awesome accommodation at a budget price.
All of this research is organized in Evernote.
Those are some of the things I love to do, and yet I know a lot of people reading this would think I was totally wasting my travel time! That’s the beauty of Long Tail travel, each person is completely different, and can travel according to their own style.
And while I’m still a huge advocate for professional guidebooks and apps, I suspect you can see why I’d never travel strictly by a guidebook ever again. In Traveling with Evernote, I’m going to show you how I go about my travel planning, along with sharing my favourite travel resources, tips, and tricks.