After landing my dream job I decided to treat myself and plan a trip to LONDON! Since it it is already next week, I sat down, took out some pens, opened my bullet journal AND got to PLANNING!
Things To Do in London
I had a very short list of things to had to see in London – I got my ticket to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour even before booking my flight! The tour tends to be booked out really quickly, but I got lucky and scored a ticket for next Saturday. But other than wanting to do all things Harry Potter I have about 3 days in London to fill. I decided to check in with all those lovelies over in the Bullet Journal Junkies Facebook group.
Let me tell you that group is fantastic! They don’t only share all kinds of spreads and inspirations from their bullet journals, they also answered my question! Spectacularly! Over 140 comments in about 24 hours – soooo many great tips! Landmarks, museums, stationary stores, book stores, restaurants and cafés, parks, markets, tours, personal favorites … there was a little bit of EVERYTHING!
I planned to only collect idea on one page, but I had extend it so the spread now covers a whole double page – and it was hardly enough for all those great recommendations, and they kept coming! My stepdad, for example, saw that I totally forgot the Opera House. Anyway I won’t be able to cover even part of the list, this means I have reason to return to London in the near future!
Just like Samuel Johnson said:
You find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.
I think I will find London way to big to explore it to its fullest in 3 days. But I will try to make the best out of the few days I have.
Mapping Where To Go
Because I got so many great recommendations I decided to create a map to track where most of the spots are in London. This way I will have something handy – especially as a reference for the non-touristy things. I am especially looking forward to exploring Soho, Brick Lane and Camden Market! Those were the places with the most unique recommendations.
I will also pick up a “touristy” map on my first day, but I think I will refer back to my bullet journal spread quite a number of times. I will definitely let you know what I ended up exploring and how my spreads worked out.
What I’ve been doing for my traveling planning since I started my bullet journal in early 2016 has been tracking the essentials – flight and lodging informations. Also any tours I pre-booked from home.
This page is super simple, just the basics really. For my flight I track the departure and arrival times, the airline and the booking or reference code. I didn’t enter any information about my flight yet since there might be some changes happening. The same goes for any pre-booked tours – when it is (date, time, meeting place). For my accommodations I note where I am staying – hotel, hostel or (my favorite) an Airbnb – the check-in and check-out times, the address, and the reference or booking number. In this spread I also add any other important information I might need or want. For example when I’m staying in an Airbnb I add the host’s name and whether they don’t provide some of the essentials (key to the room (so I know if I have to bring something to lock my valuables in), towels, hair dryer etc.).
Even though this is a very simple spread and (artistically) not my favorite – it is the most important one for me when I’m on the road! Here I can look up the bare bones of my journey!
Travel & Ticket icon stickers: tuuliplans on etsy
This is also a new list for me. I have seen so many bullet journalists who have created packing lists in their bullet journals I wanted to give it a try. Normally I write a short packing list on a scrap piece of paper, but hey, I have gotten rid of those with my bullet journal, right? So here we go…
I have to have a packing list written out somewhere – I tend to forget either my socks or my pajamas! Since I will only be traveling with a carry-on I hope this list will keep me from taking too much! Especially since I am planning to buy
some a lot of Harry Potter merchandise (not that I don’t have enough already – but then can you ever have enough?). I have also gotten quite a number of stationary store recommendations which I definitely want to check out and I am sure I don’t have to tell you that I won’t be coming home empty-handed from those either!
How do you plan your travels? How do you incorporate your travels into your bullet journal?