I’m always on the lookout for travel journal suggestions. What works, what doesn’t, how much to pack . . . I think you get the idea! When I think of it, I save the ideas to my Pinterest board (Pinterest can be a black hole for me so I only go there when absolutely necessary!!)
I must have a bunch of journals, trying to figure out the right size and the right kind of paper. So far I seem to carry my Moleskine small Art Sketchbook the most (link). It doesn’t take up much space, and it handles watercolor well.
Recently, I purchased a Moleskine Two-Go Notebook (link) that has both lined pages and blank pages. I’m using it as a daily journal. The pages aren’t heavy enough to handle any kind of paint, but I do like having the blank pages for doodles, charts, or diagrams.
When I went to Iceland, I took a Stillman & Birn hardbound notebook. The paper was perfect for watercolor, but the book was too large for me to carry most days (I think I have the 8.5″ x 5.5″ Alpha). I ended up making entries when I got home, which kind of defeated the purpose.
Recently I purchased an 8″x8″ Ilio Sketchbook (link). I like the idea of having square pages. I haven’t tried it yet to know how it handles watercolor, but the paper is 180 GSM so it should be fine. It’s not as thick as the Stillman & Birn so it will be easier to carry.
Last night, I stumbled onto an excellent blog. Minimal.Plan is a great site for travel journal ideas and insights (also Bullet Journal and general stationary info). I really enjoyed Claire’s post on how to make a travel journal.
Claire also has a post about how she documented her trip to Edinburgh (link). She carried a FujiFilm camera with her that printed her photos right away in a Polaroid-style. So cute! She also took a Moleskine Cahier Journal, Squared (link). I really like this idea, and I think those notebooks will be small and thin enough to easily carry. They probably won’t work too well with watercolor, but if I just want to use photos instead, I think they would be perfect! Additionally, you’ve got to love the price – – just under 10$ for 3 of them!
I’m so excited to plan my next trip and my travel journal. I plan to borrow some of Claire’s ideas. I will probably carry both my small Moleskine art sketchbook and a Cahier journal (assuming I am taking watercolor supplies). If I’m just taking some washi tape and pens, then I may skip the Moleskine sketchbook.
Thank you, Claire, for all of the fabulous ideas!
What is your favorite journal for travel? Do you find you make time for watercolor in between your sightseeing?
Photo from Claire’s website: http://minimal-plan.com/en/how-to-make-travel-journal/