Travel Diaries

Travel Diaries


Please fill out 3 consecutive days of trips excluding weekends for your travel diary. The travel diary is a requirement for compensation.


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In most cases, a physical diary will be given to you and then collected from you after your complete your 7 days of trips.


If you are unable to collect a physical copy, we also offer a fillable PDF form.

 

Smarter Travel PDF Form Travel Diary

 

If you would like to utilize the PDF Form, please save the PDF document to your desktop and complete the form. When you are finished completing your form, please email your PDF form to smartertravel@ecia.org.

Travel Diary


Q: What is a travel diary and what does it consist of?

A: The travel diary is the tool used to validate your trips against the smart phone app. There is a main section that asks for your name, cell phone number and email address, a section that illustrates a sample trip, and then 10 sections are available, if needed, for you to record your trips a day. (If you know you are going to be making 10 or more trips in a day, consider keeping the diary on a less busy day.) Further instructions are contained in the diary.


Q: Is there an electronic version of the travel diary and how do I use it?

A: Yes, it is a fillable adobe PDF form.


We use Adobe Acrobat PDF files as a means to electronically provide forms & publications. You will need to have the Adobe Reader software installed to access them (available FREE from the Adobe Reader download page on Adobe's Web site).


When saving or printing a file, be sure to use the functionality of Adobe Reader rather than your web browser and save the document to your desktop before making any changes.


If you have problems with a file, such as PDF pages that don't appear in the browser window, please review the troubleshooting information in Adobe's support knowledgebase.


Smarter Travel fill-in PDF forms use some of the features provided with Adobe Acrobat software, such as the ability to save the data you input (document rights). Currently, there is no computation, validation or verification of the information you enter but you are still responsible for entering all required information.


Q: Why do I have to fill out the travel diary if I have the app on my phone?

A: The travel diary is a requirement of the Smarter Travel Study in order to validate the data against the smart phone app.


Q: How many days do I have to record trips in the diary?

A: You must fill out the diary for 3 of the 7 days. The days must be in a row and during weekdays.


Q: What if I don't know the exact street address of one of my trip destinations?

A: That's OK. if it is a public place and not somebody's home. If it is the home of someone, we will need the complete address as we have no way of acquiring their complete address information. As long as it is a place with public information, such as Walmart, the mall, etc. we can figure out the address information ourselves. Although a complete street address is preferred, if you only have the street name and name of the location, we can figure it out.


Q: What do I do when I have completed three days of trips in the travel diary?

A: First, double check that you completed all the required fields in the travel diary; including the initial contact information and all of your trip sections are complete. Contact the help desk at smartertravel@ecia.org and tell us that you completed the travel diary and the app was on your phone for 7 days. We will then tell you where and when to pick up your compensation.


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