In the course of my career, I often return to the same cities every year or two. I spend a lot of time getting to know these cities, and in my early days, was sometimes frustrated that I did not do a better job of keeping up with the little secrets I learned. What is worse than looking forward to "the best walnut-cream-cheese bagel I ever tasted".... but not remembering where you found it?
For a long time I tried to remember to keep an analog journal of such things (and I still do, to a degree), but lately I've been trying to make technology my friend: ENTER THE IPHONE CAMERA.
What is easier than taking a quick snapshot of the restaurant or store you've found? With Instagram, you can even label it with hashtags for easy access later on. Genius.
Keep a large manilla envelope for each city you visit. When you are scheduled to return to this city, pull out the envelope and you are ready to go! I include....
- public transit maps
- partially used subway cards
- take-out menus
- foreign currency
- business cards
- partially used laundry cards
- IF I am really on the ball, I put a little index card with NAMES of people I've met
- Make use of Instagram for good food, good stores, nice people you want to remember, fun places to visit.
- Make a Pinterest board for each city you visit... fill it with your pics, but also pin ideas from other folks!
- Be sure to check in with your Facebook friends to see what they recommend.... and if any of them will be in town!
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