source: patrick ng
source: mocking bird
What does your travel guide look like?
I was recently asked by a friend how I keep track of all the restaurants, boutiques, hotels, etc that I come upon through out the year...Well I had to admit that though I am pretty organized in my professional life with spreadsheets and all kinds of programs for efficiency.... in my personal life I capture things pretty sporadically (see above photo of journal. on one page there is: name of a beer, a quote, a movie to checkout, a playwright I met, a song I like, and an artist to research).
Once I tried using city moleskines, but grew rather frustrated with the maps, and overall layout which led to me going back to using my regular moleskine..Usually a couple nights before a trip I go searching through my journals, inspiration boards, and iPhone notes to compile a list for my travel. This may not be the most efficient approach... but I like the idea of having a consistent view into what was happening in my life when I went to a place for the first time, or had my world rocked by a particular song.
The rabbit trails... can be very important to the creative purpose - what were you listening to when you wrote that story, what were you eating? Many times artists like athletes are many times looking to reproduce that exact environment which is most conducive to creativity.
How about you?
Do you have a special system for keeping track of inspiration, places you want to visit, etc?