I’ve always been the type of person to just wing a trip. I rarely plan trips either. However, I do gather inspiration on a daily basis. Whether that’s cutting out pictures in magazines to scrapbook or speaking with locals to gain insight, I find myself utilising travel resources without even thinking. This post is all about the first stage of booking a trip, the research. If you’d like to read about resources which make travel easier, I’ll link my post on apps I can’t live without when abroad. Think of it as some post-reading! My Favourite Apps for Solo-Travel, Backpacking and Exploring
Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travel List
I remember seeing this book featured in a travel account’s giveaway and was instantly intrigued by it. I mean, anything promising to rank various destinations gets my curiosity! This book doesn’t give you pages of information on each location. Instead, you’ll see pictures and short snippets of content alongside the rankings. That’s perfect for me! You’ll get just enough inspiration to then either book a flight or continue planning.
Condé Nast Traveller
I love this magazine for inspo on days when I want to put in zero effort. Allow me to explain. I usually have a few of these magazines as coffee books so when I’m waiting for something or relaxing, I’ll pick one up and flick through the pages. That’s 15 minutes of soaking up travel inspiration. If you aren’t a fan of physical magazines, Condé Nast Traveller has daily newsletters which go straight into your inbox. You can also sign up for daily postcards which place emphasis on travel photography. Not a bad way to start your day, eh?
This app is wonderful if you want to browse guides created by locals. Essentially, you browse a city, select a profile and then get free access to the individual’s city guide or suggestions. You can also message the locals if you want specific recommendations. The element of communication really sets this app to one side from competitors as the entire feel of Cool Cousin is exactly as the name suggests, insight from people you value and trust.
If you are someone who enjoys seeing visuals, don’t neglect the benefits of Pinterest for creating mood boards. You don’t even need to do anything except scroll endlessly through hundreds of pictures then save them if they catch your eye. I am only recently getting into Pinterest but find it useful for seeing the type of vibe a location has. I have to admit, I do find Pinterest hard to navigate but I love seeing all the picturesque locations to get me excited for future travels.
Hear me out! I know what you are thinking, how can a booking site give you travel inspo? However, what if I told you that most of my trips have been inspired by buttons found on Skyscanner? If I have only a weekend free, I’ll insert an airport close to me via the relevant function and see what comes up. I’ll then screenshot the locations and keep them in mind for potential trips. Alternatively, on months where I’ve shopped/dined/pampered too much, I’ll use Skyscanner to see which locations are coming up cheapest in the month I’m currently in. I’ll then proceed to book the flight and worry about the logistics later! If I didn’t get inspo from Skyscanner, I would never have realised how affordable certain destinations were.
Let me know in the comments which resources are you favourite for the research stage of travelling. I’d love to hear them!
Until then, see you in the next post