If you’re interested in being a more adventurous parent but aren’t quite sure how to make it happen, I’ve got you covered. It can be overwhelming to plan adventures if you don’t know the best places to find information, so I’m sharing my favorite adventure planning tools that I turn to over and over again.
Organizing tool: Google Keep
Google Keep is my favorite tool to use for lots of things. I keep everything from my grocery list to blog post ideas to adventure ideas. What I love about it is that it’s an app I have on my phone, but I can open any of the notes in it on the computer too. I can also share the notes by adding my husband as a collaborator. As far as adventure planning tools go, this one is a must.
We use shared notes to add adventure ideas when we come up with them and if we’re looking at a weekend without any plans, we consult the list! It’s a great way to find something quickly and keeps our ideas in one place.
Whether you use Google Keep or keep track of your ideas in a different way, I highly recommend dividing your list in some way. Maybe you keep your list divided by price point. Or maybe you prefer dividing by adventure level. We do both! However you like to do it, you’ll have an easier time finding an adventure idea quickly if you categorize them in some way.
Planning Tool: Roadside America
If you like kitschy roadside tourist destinations (and seriously, who doesn’t?) Roadside America is an awesome site. The ideas on this site are especially fun to explore with kids. I mean, a tree with a bunch of shoes in it that’s become a recognizable roadside attraction? What kid wouldn’t think that’s hilarious? And, in case you’re wondering: yes, we’ve been there.
Planning Tool: TripAdvisor
Even if you’re just exploring your own town, TripAdvisor is a fantastic tool. It’s got a set of incredibly devoted users who rate everything they do, which is helpful if you’re just starting out. If you’re wondering if something is family-friendly, it’s likely that someone has mentioned that in a review so made sure you read them. You can even search specifically for adventures that are family-friendly, budget-friendly, or good for a rainy day.
Planning Tool: All Trails App
We’ve recently discovered the AllTrails app, but it’s been super helpful already. It has an interactive map with hiking spots (yay for COVID-friendly adventures!) that have been reviewed by people who visit them.
Organizing and Planning Tool: Pinterest
I like to use Pinterest for planning bigger adventures. Things like Disney trips, road trips, and family vacations. It’s a great tool that not only helps you find fun things to do but also allows you to organize your ideas. You can add your spouse to your boards too, so you can both contribute and find things easily. Pinterest’s search tools for your own boards have come a long way over the last few years, which is really helpful when you’ve got alltheideas.
Do you have a favorite tool to plan with? What do you love about it? I’m always looking for new tools to make planning adventures easier and I’d love to hear about it!