Today I want to share one of the many simple ways you can use Evernote to save money on your next trip.
In most cities there are several ways to get from the airport into town. Often you’ll find they vary considerably in price even though the total journey time may be similar. And sometimes you can save as much as 90% on your fare just by selecting a lower cost ground transfer option.
Evernote is a great place to organise and store this ground transfer research.
Here’s how I do it.
Before I travel, I’ll perform some quick online research on the various transfer options available. A great place to start is the airport website, along with the local public transport website, and a guidebook, if you’re using one. I save all of this research into an Evernote note.
In most cases, you’ll also notice that no one source of information is complete. That’s an important reminder that when booking your flight / accommodation / ground transfer, and so on, that the service you’re using most likely won’t include all of your options. And some – including popular services – may only include a small fraction of them.
Also, you’ll want to be careful that the information you’re sourcing is current.
Sometimes you’ll be lucky enough to find someone has done some (or all) of the research for you. For example, below is an infographic I found online that outlines the costs of transfers from the major airports around Australia. You could save this image into your Evernote account and refer back to it next time you travel. Again, although it doesn’t provide all of the options, it does provide most. You can update your Evernote note to include the options that are missed.
Image Credit: HotelClub
Sorry about all the scrolling you had to do there.
To make up for it, here’s a tip. In most browsers (and in many Mac or PC apps) you can scroll a page at a time by hitting the Space bar on your keyboard. Hitting Shift + Space will scroll upwards.
If I fly to or from a city frequently, I’ll create an Evernote note that includes a copy of the timetable for the various modes of transport I typically use. That way, on travel day, I can have a copy of this information accessible offline, without needing to do the research again. Also, I can know, at a glance when the last bus or train leaves without needing an Internet connection. This might be useful, for example, if my flight is delayed en-route, and its late at night.
I hope you’re beginning to see how some simple applications of an app like Evernote can be incredibly helpful in your traveling. That’s what this website is all about.
Saving ground transfer information offline is one of the many ways Evernote can be a power tool for independent travelers, and why its my favourite travel app.
You can find out more about Evernote at their website, or you can sign up here to get a free month of Evernote Premium. There are many other ways you can use Evernote to save money that are discussed in Traveling with Evernote, which will be released soon.