Confessions of a Travel Planning Enthusiast

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I’m kind of an organizational freak.

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved the art of organization. I always got a special thrill from picking out new pencils and notebooks for the start of a new school year and arranging them just so in a shiny new pencil box.

Things haven’t changed much. When I worked as a temp receptionist for New Zealand Cricket back in 2008, I relished in the power of having free reign over the stationary catalog and being able to order office supplies at my whim.

Planning is another activity that fascinates me. When I was getting ready for my Latin America trip, I spent hours poring over guidebooks and websites, noting every miniscule detail and organizing it all in spreadsheets and notebooks. Though I rarely follow any of my plans on the actual journey, the act itself is one of my favorite parts of travel.

So when I was invited to take part in Microsoft OneNote travel blogger’s promotion, my interest was immediately peaked.

trip planning with OneNote

Why OneNote is Cool

For my part of the campaign, I was asked to design a 24-hour travel itinerary for Reykjavik, Iceland using the OneNote software. Though I’m an advanced computer user and am well versed in the Microsoft Office Suite, I never familiarized myself with OneNote until this promotion.

And honestly… I like it. It’s user-friendly, so I didn’t have to spend hours online reading tutorials. It doesn’t come with a lot of rules, so I had fun adding a bit of creativity into my itinerary and designing it with my own unique style.

Why I’m Still Using It

After over a year of travel blogging and three years of travel, I’m taking the plunge into the world of travel writing. I’ve successfully pitched a few different publications, all with different deadlines, requirements, and points to remember.  Instead of frantically scanning through notebook pages, emails, and writers’ guidelines trying to write the perfect article, I’ve integrated the whole process into OneNote.

I’ve created tabs for each article, in which I’ve pasted the due dates, feedback I’ve received, guidelines, and links to articles that have previously been written for the publications. I can drag and drop tabs when I finish one assignment or get a new one so that they’re always prioritized. OneNote has been an immense help in developing a system for my new venture.

Check out my OneNote TripBook for Reykjavik and tell me what you think!

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  • Laureno

    you got a sponsored post by micosoft??? rollin in the big bucks??

  • Hehe I’m pretty happy with the arrangement :)

  • I just found your blog by happy accident and love it!!!!
    Planning on spending 2 weeks in January in Montanita learning spanish more proficiently. I especially liked your posts about the town.
    You are living my dream. Keep it up, I’ll be following!


  • Thanks Heather! Montanita in January is pretty crazy with tourists, both local and international. Good luck focusing on studying!

  • Yan Pritzker

    Hi Jasmine – nice post. I’m actually thinking of working on an online tool for travel planning and I’d love to get some of your expertise and feedback about what you like and don’t like about the way One Note does it, and maybe take a look at some of my concept sketches. Please let me know if you’d be interested! Thanks :)

  • Sounds interesting, feel free to send me details through my contact form.