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Here we are almost halfway through summer already, and if you’re anything like me, the travel bug has you itching for adventure. There’s just nothing like that sense of freedom and discovery that a summertime getaway always seems to bring. So, while planning my next big escape, I indulged my wanderlust with a little tour of Chronicle’s travel journals.
The Bon Voyage journal by artist Susie Ghahremani makes me want to hot-air-balloon my way around the world.
What could bring more whimsy to your journey than these cute little critters? Susie Ghahremani is the imaginative mind behind boygirlparty.com, and her knack for putting the fun in function never ceases to amaze me. This handy little journal is bursting with fun features: prompts for making lists and agendas,
lots of space for recording observations (all illustrated with Susie’s adorable artwork, of course),
and a back pocket for stashing mementos on-the-go. I’m particularly fond of the waterproof cover that keeps your notes safe even in the event of unexpected weather changes.
I love to keep ticket stubs, museum flyers, pamphlets, and all sorts of little odds and ends while I’m traveling as souvenirs. The Travel Stub Diary is filled with page after page of plastic sleeves for storing all of those on-the-go keepsakes:
Right now I’m using this journal for stashing mementos from my hometown, but I can’t wait to take this album with me on my next big trip. I love that these pockets can fit just about anything and everything I’d ever want to keep on my travels—and with acid-free pages, too.
Those little unexpected discoveries are what always make the trip feel special for me. I Was Here, a travel journal by Kate Pocrass, is filled to the brim with fun ways to take note of the little things on your journey.
Kate Pocrass is the artist behind Mundane Journeys, under which she’s self-published a series of small books and tour itineraries to help people wander, explore, and discover off the beaten path. You’re bound to catch something unique on every corner with this journal. With Kate’s guidance, you might try visiting tourist attractions from a different perspective:
Or you might follow a theme to guide your journey. What could be more inspiring than letting color lead the way?
For the times when I can’t hop on a plane, Kate’s new journal Side Walks is the perfect companion for a little neighborhood excursion.
A travel journal for exploring your very own city, Side Walks will embark you on an adventure even if it’s just around the block. Kate encourages you to observe, sketch, and experience your surroundings in new and unexpected ways…
like following the path of an airplane in the sky:
or only eating foods of a similar shape for a day.
I took this journal for a quick spin in my neighborhood this weekend. San Francisco is full of surprises, but it’s all too easy for me to get stuck in my routine. With Kate’s guidance, I kept an eye out for everyday wonders that I may not have otherwise noticed:
and spotted some exciting new discoveries at every turn, even right under my feet!
I may not have journeyed to the far ends of the Earth, but I found plenty of inspiration right outside my front door.
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