I’m a travel blogger, so obviously I am obsessed with travel. But what you may not know is I’m also obsessed with making lists. I feel like most travelers are list makers in some respect. One of the best parts of a trip for me is the planning phase. This is when I go list crazy. Lists of where I want to go, what I want to see, cool places to eat, websites to check out, and on and on.
This is where Listography comes in. Listography is a website, app and an amazing series of books. Before Listography I would write lists on random pieces of paper and then promptly lose them. Now, thanks to Listography, I have an awesome app and website to store all of my lists in one place. And for the days when I’m nostalgic about my travels, need a prompt or just want to get back to actual old school writing, I have the book Travel Listography (Parenthood, Your Life in Lists and lots more!).
The App (& Website)
I LOVE the Listography app and use it all the time. Honestly, this is one of the reasons why I finally pulled the trigger and bought an iPhone. I have been begging the creators of Listography to do a Blackberry app for years, but they saw the light long before I did.
The app is so handy for me to record little moments or sayings my son blurts out, random tidbits of information I find reading articles or scrolling through social media. It is where I keep a running list of places to check out in Los Angeles, lists of countries I have visited, thoughts on upcoming trips and tons of non-travel related lists too.
Lisa Nola, the founder and creator of Listography is the queen of list making. She is my idol when it comes to making organized lists. She is amazing at making lists about destinations before she travels to them and then updating the lists with what she actually did and her thoughts on things when she returns. I have not been so diligent about returning to my list after a trip to edit it, but I hope I can do it for future trips. It’s really a great resource to jog your memory and to share with friends who will inevitably ask you for your recommendations. In planning our upcoming trip to Utah, I have referenced Lisa’s trip from 2010 more than once, so I am sold on how useful it is to keep and store this information.
I own several Listography books, but as expected, my favorite is the Travel book (well, tied with the Parenthood one!). It is amazing. It has more than 70 prompts for you to fill in to your heart’s content. The book is designed to spark your travel lust (not that I needed much of a push there!), help you to remember the small things about traveling and provide you with a place to record where you’ve been and where you hope to go in the future. One of my favorite lists (at the moment) is “animals seen in the wild”. This is something my son does on every trip we take – he begins a list of all the animals we see. On his list he has “bunny rabbit outside of Heathrow Airport”, “bear on our Monrovia hike” and some everyday neighborhood sightings like “blue heron at Griffith Park”.
This journal is an amazing gift for travelers (and great post inspiration for travel bloggers). It’s also a great way to chat with kids about travel, what they want to do and what you might have done before they arrived on the scene. Even though my son is too young to do this on his own, we fill out the book together as a way to record all of the amazing things he has seen and done. I envision this to be an inspiring treasure for him in the future.
So, now it’s your turn. We are giving away this awesome book to one lucky winner. All you have to do is enter below. Act quickly, the giveaway ends June 11, 2015. Good Luck!
Head over to listography.com to start keeping track of your life in lists. To keep up with Listography and their latest book releases, like them on Facebook. There are some great new books on the horizon. Food and Spirit Listography books are slated for 2015.