Travel Gear Tuesday – Travel Journals

I love journals. I have a ton of them and always bring one with me when I go on a trip. Even if it is a day trip I will still bring one along. I love to jot down blog post ideas, restaurant thoughts, addresses of note while I am out and about.

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I often stick ticket stubs, receipts or post cards into the pages only to find them months or years later. It’s sort of a gift that keeps on giving!

Generally speaking I love moleskins and have them in a million sizes. They even have city books for some of the major cities around the world, like Paris (bien sΓ»r!) which my husband brings on every trip there.

But it is also fun to bring a book with a little more design and so I have those too! I love the one in the photo here by Cracked Designs called The Journey Journal which was featured in Real Simple magazine. It has such a unique cover that you can customize by mapping out your route (if your trip is in the U.S.). The interior pages are adorable as well with a lot of personality!

Of course, my Blissdom blogging bud, Jody also has a really cute travel journal for families that she sells on her blog, The Rambling Family. I have given them away a couple of times here on Misadventures.

What about you? Do you use travel journals? Have you used one in a unique way? Or have a journal related story?



  1. Nathalie Hamidi
    June 29, 2010

    I do not, but my friend has the most beautiful moleskines ever, where he draws his favourite memories:

    For example: hi trip in Normandie in 2009:

  2. Gourmet Chick
    June 29, 2010

    I use a moleskin – cliched I know but I love the history of the notebook and the little elastic band that finds your page instantly – it’s the little things!

  3. Kasia
    June 29, 2010

    My life is a continuous journal. I began writing on a mountain peak at the age of 19 and never stopped. During my RTW travels I journaled every day and now I look back on those pages and relive the memories. The best way to capture the essence of an experience, and most of all, the feelings.

  4. Andi
    June 29, 2010

    Oh my gosh, I’m drooling over that journal!!!!!!!!!!!! What a GREAT giveaway. I usually just write my ideas on whatever is in front of me and then as soon as I can I transfer them to my computer. I do like to put stuff in my books that I bring with me and it’s so much fun finding the stuff years later.

  5. Molly
    June 29, 2010

    The only thing more fun than capturing memories while on a trip is revisiting the journals months and years later.

  6. Carolyn Jung
    June 29, 2010

    I confess that I don’t keep travel journals. But as a journalist, I’m forever taking notes wherever I go. You’ve inspired me, though, to use a dedicated one when I travel that’s a cut above the norm. After all, travel memories are worth saving.

  7. Amy
    June 30, 2010

    These are lovely journal examples. I have done some travel journaling. I am planning to do some this summer on a two-week trip with my niece. It should be fun.

  8. Katie
    June 30, 2010

    I would love to start a travel journal! I kept a journal when I lived in France for a month and my husband kept one too (he was in the US) and we traded when we were reunited!

    I LOVE the etsy Journey Journal!

  9. Liza
    June 30, 2010

    I keep a daily journal and it definitely gets more interesting when I’m travelling…. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the chance to win!


    ejm6x (at) yahoo (dot) com

  10. Jill
    June 30, 2010

    My husband and I LOVE traveling! We have just returned to the states after doing a 2 year missions term in Macedonia. What a great time we had!! I do like travel journaling. I recently found two of my travel journals from visiting Haiti. It was fun to read excerpts from it!

  11. Julia
    June 30, 2010

    I don’t do much traveling, and when I do I rarely take the time out to journal about it. I do like to take a book with me though, just in case I need to write something down, or sketch an idea. These days, I’ve been working on the same mid-sized journal/sketchbook/notebook forever, and have little scraps of paper all over the place.. I should really get back into carrying a small book around with me everywhere for all my lists.

  12. amy
    June 30, 2010

    I have used a travel journal in the past, but nothing as cute as these! I want to use one for our little family, though! Thanks for the inspiration!

  13. michele
    June 30, 2010

    what a cute giveaway! i LOVE journals… and i love diaries! I have a collection of diaries from 3rd grade, with messy handwriting, stickers and a loooong list of boys i was in love with. πŸ™‚

  14. Jessi
    June 30, 2010

    I love these! Great giveaway!

  15. Ingrid
    June 30, 2010

    I always use a journal on a trip and stuff it full of mementos from places visited.

  16. Stephanie
    June 30, 2010

    I have never kept a travel journal but I do have a travel photo album. A journal would be a great supplement for that. I love the moleskin journals!

  17. Sarah L
    June 30, 2010

    What a cute idea for a journal! The only travel journal I ever did, was when I was 20, and visited Ireland for a few weeks. I wanted to make sure I didn’t forget anything in case I never left the US again.

  18. very married
    June 30, 2010

    When i spent a couple months living with a family in India, i used a journal and it’s amazing looking back at it and seeing how much i’ve grown!

  19. Chantal Haas
    June 30, 2010

    I use to journal A LOT, but I’ve gotten out of the habit lately, so I would like to get back into it!

  20. michelle
    June 30, 2010

    i LOVE moleskins, and if i had more money i would forsake my dollar store comp books and use only moleskins and leather covered journals. however, i do not have money and i must succumb to trying free giveaways πŸ™ but i digress. as i said, i love moleskin but even more i love trying new things, and would love to have the journey journal (plus it would give me an excuse to get a move on and start a journey for the journal πŸ™‚ )

  21. Shelley
    June 30, 2010

    I haven’t kept a journal in awhile but I love notebooks. Would love to win one! πŸ™‚

  22. chloe
    June 30, 2010

    my grandma raised five kids, and they used to go on road trips all the time. she kept a journal of all of her comings and goings. its extremely interesting to read them. i wish i wouldve had a travel journal before to right down everything ive done in my past trips (two being mexico and costa rica).

  23. carol
    June 30, 2010

    Gosh, I would love to win any of the journals you mentioned. I’ve never owned a moleskin, so maybe that’s a good place to start. Thanks for the great giveaway! I’m planning on keeping a journal of my visit to Sweden later in the year. It would come in handy!

  24. Christina
    June 30, 2010

    I love writing lists, notes, ideas. Usually I write them on a scrap piece of paper or a notepad at work, but it would be very convenient to have an actual journal! And a travel journal would be so fun to log all of my trips! Thank you for the entry!

  25. Erin
    July 1, 2010

    I have never really kept a proper travel journal before (with the exception of my 10 day trip to France), but I think they are a beautiful idea! I am starting to travel more these days and would love to start keeping one. That journey journal is very cool! I’d love a chance to win one!

  26. cathi
    July 1, 2010

    I use journals as an inspiration board/scrapbook of things that I have collected and don’t want to forget..! xxoo πŸ™‚

  27. liz
    July 1, 2010

    i love to travel and i always write it in a journal
    From the start of the preparation till every single detail (both of feelings and weirdo thing which happen in the journey)

    good luck everyone πŸ™‚

  28. katie
    July 2, 2010

    I would love to have that travel journal! I am actually moving to germany for a year to become an au pair and i would love to document my travels! I will be doing this on my blog as well….but there is something wonderful about writing it down on a piece of paper with your favourite pen πŸ™‚

  29. ShootingStarsMag
    July 3, 2010

    I used to write in a journal all the time for everything, which I loved. Not so much these days. I’d love a travel journal for the next time i visit New York or something!

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