The last you heard from me, I was telling you about how IdeaPlaces would have facilitated recalling and sharing my experiences with friends and family while travelling around Asia. This got me thinking about the differences between the philosophy of the ‘plan it’ traveller versus that of the ‘wing it’ traveller. I wondered who might benefit more from IdeaPlaces – the ‘planner’ or the ‘winger’?
Initially, I thought the planner would benefit more. The ease with which you can create mapped notes prior to visiting a place allows you to not only map out your itinerary, but to also jot down questions you may want to ask, or details you don’t want to miss. While in Kuala Lumpur I had to revisit the Batu Caves simply because I missed the dark cave guided tour the first time around – argh!
However, I think the winger (which I consider myself to be) can also derive great benefit from this feature – maybe even more so. Part of the experience of travelling is meeting people and sharing insights. TripAdvisor is great but it doesn’t know all the secret spots locals do – the feeling of receiving those insights directly from those-in-the-know is priceless. With IdeaPlaces, pinning the location and noting the insights are done in the same step. Being able to note ‘take the staircase to the left for the best view’ or ‘order the egg dosa southern-style’ right then and there is invaluable.
Discovering, through whatever means you prefer, is one of the main reasons we break from our routines and see the world. Anything that makes that process easier and better, like IdeaPlaces does, is something I welcome with open arms.