As my family’s recreation and trip planner, I take my job seriously. Before each trip, I like to research about the place we’ve chosen so that we can make the most of our visit. This is also because we have the mantra “Visit once and never return”. Travelling can be expensive and we have a limited amount of money so it makes more sense if we plan our trips effectively so that we can visit a different place each time.
PLACES FOR RESEARCH
TRAVEL FAIRS – I always attend the ones held at the SMX in MOA during February and September. I like bringing home a bagful(!!!!) of free brochures and maps which I use for my research and for scrapbooking. Then, I sort these according to location so that my materials are organized.
FACEBOOK ALBUMS – Find a facebook friend who shares the same interests and budget as you. I have some friends who are my travel pegs. I like sharing my travel photos too, but not to brag, but to inspire and aid others in their research.
INTERNET – Everything is out there, you just have to google it. I read the following travel blogs: pattylaurel.com, ourawesomeplanet.com, lakadpilipinas.com and many more.
1. I read and read and read. Blogs, books, travel guides, maps, etc. about the our destination. At the same time, I already jot down notes about which places to visit, what to eat, where to stay, etc.
2. I save the online images that I like so that I can reproduce them in my doodle. When drawing, I don’t pressure myself to produce an exact likeness of the images. It’s still a doodle after all. I always use a black PILOT FRIXION PEN because I need to be able to erase parts of my doodle that I don’t like. I am not sure about the archival quality of the ink though.
3. I fill up the whole page with all sorts of details about the place just so that I will not have to research again in case I plan to return there in the future. Afterwards, I embellish my itinerary with washi tape to add some pops of color.
4. I share these online just in case someone needs a little help planning their trip.
I know of some people who like doing on-the-spot sketches of places they’ve travelled to. I prefer doing my sketches beforehand so that I can enjoy the place more. If you have your own travel doodles, please share them with me. Thanks!
P.S. There is only one place that would make me break my rule of “Visit once and never return.” That is New York. 🙂