While my last post outlines my ongoing problems with procrastination, I’ve made it through life by balancing it with a Type A personality. This becomes a bit challenging when I travel. I have never bought or carried a guidebook. They are too heavy for my 5’0 frame and usually out of date.
And if I were completely honest I’d admit to being a bit of a travel snob. I can’t bear to be one of those people on the street corner with their nose buried in a book.
Yet, when traveling I like to know as much about my destination as possible, stay in the best hostel, see the most interesting sights off the beaten path… you get the point. The only thing that a Lonely Planet can truly teach you is to go to the hostel next to the one that is recommended because it’s cheaper and tries harder.
But for this RTW trip I’ve been bombarded with great blogger information (thanks #rtwsoon gang); how can I prepare for Asia when it’s at least six months out? I can’t carry all that paper!
The answer is I don’t.
A year or so ago I signed up for a Delicious account because I wanted an easy way to find my favorite recipes online where I could just type in “bacon” and a list of recipes that I wanted to try would appear. It’s worked fantastically and a year ago when I stated researching where I wanted to go I realized Delicious could be even more useful.
I use Delicious for travel just as I used it for recipes. When I find a great recommended hostel in Lima I tag “Lima” “Peru” “SouthAmerica” “hostel” “accommodation” and in the comments section I include who recommended it and what they said.
The simplicity eases my Type A mentality as I know when I arrive in Lima I’ll have a list of hostels I can choose, from people I trust and I don’t have to worry about it beforehand. I do this for hostels, tours, festivals, just about any tip I may want to know later on.
And because bacon is delicious magic, my profile is open, so even if you don’t want to create your own account, you can save yourself hours and simply search through mine for a hostel in Colombia or a tasty Corn and Bacon Chowder.