I am a travel nerd. I love to travel, I have always travelled and, given any excuse, I will drop everything and get on a plane. In my teens and twenties, I kept a notebook on every trip - recording thoughts, museums receipts, sketches, contacts for new friends. I’d print out photos and stow them in a photo binder with the name of the trip on the spine. And then shelve them. I married a travel nerd (around the world at 19, hoboing on freight trains across America, camping at Machu Picchu) and his journals and photo albums joined mine on our bookshelf.
We travelled cheap (miles, last minute, rooms in people’s homes BEFORE Airbnb). With the advent of the internet, the power of the travel agent was in my hands, and I could research and book odd lovely hotels, in hard to reach places, with ease.
When we had kids, we threw them in our carry-ons and headed off. Kept it cheap and cheerful. Less time for notebooks, but infinite photo opportunities!
Thirteen years in, I’ve amassed loads of itineraries appropriate for kids and adults: France, Italy, Texas, Grand Canyon, Mexico, Bryce, Zion, Sierra Nevadas, D.C., more Mexico, Galapagos, Alaska, Bahamas, Turkey, England . . .
Friends ask me frequently - how did you go? when? where? and I find myself writing the same email about where to stay in Cappadocia or who to surf with in Troncones. trovvit is immeasurably helpful for keeping track of where we’ve been and what we’ve enjoyed. I make a record a day (photos, eats, museums, hotel).
In the moment, I can share our experiences on the trip (privately!) with family or a select group of friends. My mom tells me, "I love these "recuerdos!" It's like I'm on the trip with you!" A week later (or a year later), if someone is interested in replicating the itinerary, I can share the trovvit records of the whole trip.