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Evernote for International Holiday Travel

Evernote for International Holiday Travel

Posted by Taylor Pipes on 20 Dec 2013

Posted by Taylor Pipes on 20 Dec 2013

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Travel during the holidays can be the pinnacle of frustration. International travel can be even more daunting. For those about to embark on trips overseas, Evernote is a great place to store and reference all your travel plans on the go, anywhere.

Get Clipping

Need help getting started with Evernote? Look no further than the Evernote Web Clipper. It’s the perfect tool for research, so use it to curate your own personal travel guide as soon as you purchase airfare and reserve a hotel. Clip virtually anything you find related to your destination on the web, including text, articles, photos, and entire webpages.

The more you clip and save into Evernote now, the more you can focus on enjoying your travels.

1. Clip articles about your destination from travel websites and online newspapers and magazines.

2. Clip and save detailed hotel information, restaurant menus, city maps and ground transportation schedules.

Better Safe than Sorry

When you’re far from home, you’ll want to have immediate access to in-case-of-emergency phone numbers, the address of your hotel and a list of medications you’re allergic to in your pocket. Save all this and more in Evernote, and pull it up on your tablet, phone or on the Web at a moment’s notice.

Never lose important documents. Losing a passport in a foreign country can be a nightmare. Be sure to scan a copy of your passport and other vital information, like the location of the U.S. embassy, consular offices and travel alerts.

Be prepared in case of medical emergencies. Create a note with the names and contacts of your stateside physicians in case you need to reach them. Research the location and contact information of medical clinics and hospitals where you are traveling. Evernote is also a good place to store your immunization card, so you’ll instantly know what shots you had, and when.

Premium Tip: Passcode lock blocks access to the Evernote application on your phone or tablet by requiring a 4-digit PIN. Use this feature for added security when sharing your device with others.

Pack Smart
Create a packing checklist in Evernote and use Reminders to make sure you’re on top of all the specific items you won’t be able to find once you’ve arrived.

Evernote on the Ground

Eat Like a Local
One of the most memorable parts of travel — especially in foreign places — is the ability to explore and eat a wealth of new foods. Don’t forget these incredible culinary experiences. Snap photos of meals using Evernote Food on your mobile device. Even if you can’t access the internet, your photos will be geo-tagged once you have a connection again. Once in Evernote Food, you can select the location and name of the restaurant you visited, so you’ll never forget what you ate, and where.

Share Your Itinerary
Just because you’re leaving the country, doesn’t mean you can’t keep your family and friends updated on your travels. Drop in your itineraries, plane tickets and hotel confirmations into a Shared Notebook for family.

Premium Tip: Edit notebooks, so you can also share your journey and memorable moments with friends who can use your travel knowledge if they visit the same places.

Beat the Language Barrier
Leave the dictionary at home. When traveling abroad, have a note that includes a basic vocabulary list in the predominant language in the country you’re visiting. Use Skitch to annotate subway maps, bus routes and transportation timetables.

Using Evernote Overseas
International travel involves a lot of offline downtime in the air, and on the ground. Premium users can access notes and notebooks, even without an internet connection. Designate Offline Notebooks on your mobile devices prior to travel. Just be sure to sync your devices before the plane wheels lift off American tarmac.

Do you have tips for using Evernote when traveling internationally? We’d love to hear them, in the comments.

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  • Jonaz Vaneryd

    Offline notebook is great when travelling. Offline *tags* would be even better than offline *notebooks*. Now I have to move notes and clips from different notebooks (Receipts, Tickets, City tips, Packing lists…) to a temporary offline notebook – and then move them back afterwards. As if unpacking my physical travel bag wasn’t enough work ;-)

    Suggestion/Wishlist to Santa: being able to designate a offline tag.

  • Jonaz Vaneryd

    Offline notebook is great when travelling. Offline *tags* would be even better than offline *notebooks*. Now I have to move notes and clips from different notebooks (Receipts, Tickets, City tips, Packing lists…) to a temporary offline notebook – and then move them back afterwards. As if unpacking my physical travel bag wasn’t enough work ;-)

    Suggestion/Wishlist to Santa: being able to designate a offline tag.

  • Terp 66

    Having taken two bus tours through Europe, I will use Evernote next time to record what we saw, and where we saw it. I have a bunch of pictures and the itinerary, but what was the name of that church? Why did we stop to see this ruin? What kind of a tree was it that I took a picture of? It is those things which bring real meaning to the hundreds of photos I took.
    Another tip, take a photo of your bags and put it in Evernote. Then if it is missing, you can describe it. After a cruise, there are thousands of bags in a central area. Instead of telling the porter it is a large gray rollaway, why no show him a photo and say “This is what it looks like.”

  • Terp 66

    Having taken two bus tours through Europe, I will use Evernote next time to record what we saw, and where we saw it. I have a bunch of pictures and the itinerary, but what was the name of that church? Why did we stop to see this ruin? What kind of a tree was it that I took a picture of? It is those things which bring real meaning to the hundreds of photos I took.
    Another tip, take a photo of your bags and put it in Evernote. Then if it is missing, you can describe it. After a cruise, there are thousands of bags in a central area. Instead of telling the porter it is a large gray rollaway, why no show him a photo and say “This is what it looks like.”

  • ethnicolor

    All great tips for a great product – but may I make a comment? This article is written as though only American nationals use Evernote! Do you realise that people from all over the world use Evernote to plan trips? It’s great that Evernote employees are passionate about the product and write from their own experience and their own point of view, but someone like myself not based in the US might feel Evernote doesn’t think much beyond the borders of the USA.