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Do you feel like normal journals and diaries are boring? Are you not motivated or as productive as you could be? I totally get you! Sometimes, our creativity needs to be present in more areas of our lives – like planning, for example. Some people say that colors help them organize tasks better and others prefer drawing symbols to remember specific dates or chores! In today’s article, I will show you how to create your own bullet journal to start the new year productively!   

You will need:

  • A pen
  • An empty notebook (tip: dotted ones will help you structure it better!)

Extra supplies if you want to make it more fun:

  • Colored markers 
  • Stickers
  • Washi tape 
  • Ruler
  • Scissors 
  • Even glitter! 

Step-by-step guide:

  • First off, make sure your work area is clean and empty, gather all the supplies you want to use, as well as your notebook. 
  • You can start by creating an index and a key. To create an index, you need two columns. Continue by numbering out the pages of your journal according to what you want to include. For example: monthly overview, birthday chart, your goals list for the year etc. A key should be a page where you list all the symbols you want to use along with their meanings.
  • Then you can continue by creating a yearly spread where you list the most important events that will happen in 2022, such as birthdays, anniversaries, big deadlines, vacations, etc. 
  • After you get that sorted, you can go on by creating your first monthly spread and weekly/daily logs. There are many different ways to keep your week or day-to-day organized, so don’t be afraid to explore them all until you find your favorite one.

Don’t forget there’s no rules, get creative!

Feel free to decorate and add as many things as you want! Bullet journals should be a fun creative way to keep your life organized, so the more elements and supplies you use that you love, the more you will be inclined to use it! Also, if you feel like saving time, there are many Free Bullet Journal Printables you can find online.

If you want to step it up a notch and upgrade your workspace and overall motivation for the new year, we recommend you check out our article on How to Make a Vision Board that will get you inspired on a daily basis!

These days you don’t need a travel agency anymore to book your dream holidays … not even a laptop! Everything you need is your smartphone and the right Travel App to plan and book your trip, to find the perfect accommodation and to orientate in the new environment.

Today I’m telling you which travel apps are a Must-Have on your smartphone: one to help you with the flight & the hostel, one to give you the right words when you need them and even more. It’s not necessary to stare on your phone display all the time but these little helpers will make your stay a lot easier – so you can sit back and enjoy your time to the fullest.

Flight booking and finding the perfect seat

The basics to your stay are flights and accommodation. You know the situation when you spend hours and hours to find a cheap flight and trawl the whole internet? Moreover there are tons of travel apps which promise you to find the cheapest price for a flight ticket.

Travel App #1

Travel App Ranking - Skyscanner
Source: Logo www.skyscanner.com

The Travel App Skyscanner collects and summarises worldwide flight offers for you. The navigation is pretty easy, the handling is clear and that’s how you can find a good offer really fast.

You can choose by flying directly or with stopovers. Moreover Skyscanner shows you surrounding airports. Sometimes it’s helpful to check them out to save some money. Another gadget: if you’re flexible with your travel dates, Skyscanner can show you the cheapest flight in your chosen time period – pretty cool!

And for the reaaaally flexible Travelers: Type in your start airport and Skyscanner searches for the cheapest flights and destinations. A world map shows where your budget can bring you – get inspired and travel to interesting places you never thought of!

Travel App #2

Travel App Ranking - Kayak
Source: Logo www.kayak.de

Kayak has almost the same offer than Skyscanner. If you have a favorite airline check out their offerings. Sometimes it’s the cheapest way to find it there.

Travel App #3

Travel App Ranking - Seatguru
Source: Logo www.seatguru.com

With Seatguru you have the ability to see which are the best seats on your future flight. This helpful app points out the seat plan and marks them in green, yellow and red. Avoid red seats because these are the ones that could be the uncomfortable ones. Yellow places are close to the toilet or the airplane kitchen so it could be noisy or smelly. The green seats are the good ones! Here you can relax and get enough legroom.

Your accommodation – Hostel, Hotel or private accommodation?

What else makes a trip perfect? For many it’s the right accommodation. First of all you have to think about your travel budget to make clear if you have to look for a hostel, a hotel, a holiday apartment or private accommodation.

Travel App #4

Travel App Ranking - Booking.com
Source: Logo www.booking.com

Booking.com has a huge offer on places to stay. You’ll find your perfect place in over 30 million entries on 142.000 destinations, that’s for sure.

And thanks to the filter option it’s even easier! With only a few clicks you can choose the price range, the city district, the accommodation features, and then you can even read the reviews.

Travel App #5

Travel App Ranking - Hostelworld
Source: Logo www.hostelworld.com

If you are open to a hostel experience, then Hostelworld.com is a good choice for your smartphone. It offers similar filters and tools like Booking.com. In just two minutes and without registration you are able to book a place to stay. So if you are more the last-minute kind of person and need a place to stay, Hostelworld.com will definitely save your ass.

Travel App #6

You are in search of a holiday home or a whole house you can stay in while traveling? Let’s have a look at Airbnb! It doesn’t matter if you are looking for a little room, a stylish apartment, you might even be able to find a villa or a castle (please imagine living in a castle, how amazing!!).Type in the destination, the travel time and your budget and you get access to all available offers. Especially for bigger groups sharing an Airbnb apartment is an affordable alternative.

Our hint: Click through the internet to find discount codes and vouchers.

Travel App #7

Travel App Ranking - Couchsurfing
Source: Logo www.couchsurfing.com

Maybe you are open-minded enough to connect directly with the local people and sleep at their home. With the Couchsurfing app, you can easily save money and get to know new people.

Couchsurfing is a network of hospitality. But it’s necessary to carefully read the reviews so you can have an insight of what’s expecting you.

Travel App tips - Secret tip from Blogger Cheryl Howard

This is the favorite App of Cheryl from Cherylhoward.com: My very favourite travel app is an oldie but a goodie. I still love to use FourSquare whenever I travel to find popular restaurants, cafés, and bars. As I love to wander without a map to less touristy areas of a city, this often helps me find local establishments in my direct vicinity that are not mentioned in guidebooks.

The language and interpreters

Everything is booked: you got the flights and the accomodation, so the basic needs are covered. Now you can decide how you prepare for your big trip. Do you prepare yourself for different situations or do you act spontaneously?

It doesn’t matter which type you are but it’s always nice to have a few words and sayings in mind while traveling. The easiest way to get to know a foreign language is learning it with a language app. It’s lighter than a dictionary and easy to use, furthermore it has nice gadgets for example learning it by playing games and solute tasks.

Travel App #8

Travel App Ranking - Babbel
Source: Logo www.babbel.com

A good app for learning a language is Babbel. The range of languages is huge, from English to Italian, from Indonesian to Russian – feel free to learn your favorite language! With the Babbel app you learn to speak, write and understand.

I love learning languages so I use it even if I’m not on travels. It’s a nice way to get the holiday feeling while sitting at home or in the train on the way to work. And even you don’t know yet, it might prepare you for your next big trip…

Travel App #9

Travel App Ranking - Duolingo
Source: Logo www.duolingo.com

Not only Babbel is a nice way to get to know a language and it’s spirit. Duolingo works for that as well! The little owl Duo navigates you through different units and you earn points. So you’re getting better and better to aim your goal – learning a new language!

Your lessons with Duolingo are full of vocabulary tasks, using new words in whole sentences and talking to the app. This is a playful way to tackle levels and topics.

Travel App #10
Google Translate

Some of you might grin quietly now, but I have to say that even a basic app for translation is helpful. Google Translate offers you everything you need in situations of traveling. It can process written, spoken and handwritten texts and texts on photos in over 80 languages. Moreover, it’s free!

The Google Translate app is available offline which makes it super suitable to use abroad. But be careful: asking for long and complex sentences can often have confusing outcomes.. and funny ones! 🙂

Pack your things

Let’s be honest… you are one of these guys who pack their bags always in the last moment too? No offense, me too 🙂 But this is not a problem any longer, with the following apps.

Travel App #11

With Packpoint all your problems are solved. This app tells you everything you need for your trip – depending on the travel duration, weather and all the activities you’ve already planned. And suddenly it’s not a problem any more to be the Last-Minute-Packer.

Adam von Travelsofadam.com

This is the favorite App of Adam from travelsofadam.com: Google Maps is probably my favorite app for traveling. Before a trip, I always star/favorite the places I want to go: restaurants, bars, cafes, shops, etc. Then when I’m traveling, I don’t necessarily plan every detail of every day; I prefer to wander and get lost in a new city or place. But with my Google Maps, once I’ve wandered around enough, I’ll open it up and see what’s nearby. It’s a great way to mix my passion for wandering a place randomly, and also for seeing all the things on my checklist!

Orientation and planning

Travel App #12

Imagine: while you’re traveling you’d like to go to the cinema but .. what a pity .. you have no clue where to go. Not.a.problem.at.all! Please download the App AroundMe.

This little awesome App shows you where the next bank is, awesome bars, the next petrol station, hospitals, hotels, cinemas, restaurants, shopping malls etc., all of that on the basis of your position. Choose a special category and AroundMe shows you a complete list of these places, the distance and how to get there.

Travel App #13

Travel App Ranking - Tripadvisor
Source: Logo www.tripadvisor.de

Other apps for tips on activities are Tripadvisor – especially good for Sightseeing and shopping – and Yelp. Yelp works best for restaurants and bars. With the customer reviews and the pictures you can be pretty sure to make the right choice.

Travel App #14

Travel App Ranking - Tripadvisor
Source: Logo www.getyourguide.de

With GetYourGuide you can find guided tours on the destination and maybe even book it before going on holidays. According to GetYourGuide, the app is responsible for your personal experiences and adventures. Pick your favorite activity and simply book it. Lean back and GetYourGuide will inform you about all details you need.

And don’t forget to send real postcards with your own photos

Travel App Ranking - MyPostcard

Of course you have to send holiday greetings to your friends and family … really … I swear! After all, some people are at home and dying to hear what you’re up to. Mummy, Daddy, siblings and friends will be happy not just to know what’s going on during your trip but moreover to get some nice pictures – as a real postcard.

So go ahead and download the MyPostcard App now, upload your favorite vacation pictures and we are doing the rest. Pssst… imagine the happy, but jealous faces 😉