I’m anal-retentive about three things: pens, travel journals and agenda books. Just this year I had to order my gold-gilded agenda book online. It may be old school, but I live by it every day and it serves as my working journal to document my activities minus in-depth detail beyond the time and place of my everyday happenings. My non-travel journal is usually reserved for venting or documenting life-changing moments I don’t want to forget. Mostly, I only write in journals when I travel. And when I travel, my journal serves as my rock and personal retreat. It allows me to record the mundane to amazing things that happen while traveling and forces me to reflect on them. When I need to slow down, I bury myself into writing comforted in knowing that I’ll never lose the moments once they’ve been inscribed in pen. The back of my journal has always served as a place for new friends to write their emails and contact information. A place to sketch, record quotes and make lists ranging from stereotypes foreigners have about Americans to the slang words I learn. Every time I glance through the pages, memories come rushing back and a smile always emerges.
Just last week I made the big purchase and got this summer’s travel journal. I found it while getting Father’s Day cards at Borders…and I scrutinized all of the options available related to the journal product category! The aspect I like best about The One is that dividers with pockets are spread throughout the journal and are great places to save tickets, postcards or other paper memorabilia, and on occasion a beer coaster. Even more exciting is that there are plastic sleeves and even a plastic zip-lock envelop in the back! I’m really excited to put my first trinket from my China trip in there!!
Here she is:
Even though I got this travel journal at the Borders in downtown Boston, the only place I saw it online is at Amazon’s UK site. For my Europe trip, I used a nice notebook from NoteBound which also had a hard plastic cover, ring binder and plastic sleeves. That one raised the bar above my other travel journal which just had a pretty design on the cover, so I was happy to find this one which ups my standards a little higher. While some may wonder why my “high standards” aren’t reflected in a leather bound journal, the practical person inside of me loves the hard plastic durability and ability to store paper and whatever other memorabilia throughout the pages. The plastic cover may not be completely waterproof, but that’s why I’ll keep it in a plastic bag when it’s traveling in my backpack with me!
Happy traveling, living and sharing the moments!