Travel journals are a big thing this year (for me anyways) – with more and more people getting into the habit of perfecting their daily journals with the availability of Japanese craft products.
I blog because I love to share my travel tips, photos and experiences. Until I decided to put more effort into my travel journals.
Travel journaling however, is more personal and is a much more realistic way to experience someone’s travels. Why? Because you get to feel, read and touch everything inside the journal – in a way that blogging is too limited to give.
When I first discovered Midori Traveler’s Notebook, designed by Traveler’s Company, I am blown away head-over-heels in love! It is so simple, and yet so customisable and beautiful. I have gone on a massive research and Instagram stalking binge to see other people’s customised Midori Traveler’s Notebook (MTN) – no two is ever the same. As much as I enjoyed writing and drawing in mine, I also have a certain satisfaction in seeing what others have written/done in theirs.
Thanks to Stickerrific (my favourite craft store), I can easily purchase MTN journals and accessories, craft stickers and loads of washi tape at ease. (They have 3 lovely cats in the store too, which really amps up that Japanese craft store ambience)
I will be maintaining my blogging, but at the same time, I’ll be also working on adding my travel memorabilia and experiences into my MTN, and scan it to show you guys once it’s done! It’s loads of fun for those who are scrapbookers at heart! I won’t go into details on what the MTN is about, but you can read all about it here.
Some of the pretty cool accessories that can be added to your MTN are brass charms (or any sort of charm of your own if you prefer) and that awesome cat-shaped gold pen holder clip. There are other classier variants of the pen holder in beautiful combinations of leather and brass for those who are not so cat-crazy as I am. It’s your MTN, so remember, whatever goes. Some places will allow you to customize your MTN by embossing the leather cover with your initials/name. It’s pretty simple, you can even DIY and paint anything you like over the cover.
I have painstakingly condensed my trip to Osaka, Japan into over half a book of my first volume in my MTN.
A recap of my entire trip can be found via these links:
- Kyoto – Geishas, great food and cat cafes!
- Nara – Land of the free roaming deers
- Osaka – Some travel tips and our adventures in Osaka
- Umeda Sky Building – A sky high experience
- Universal Studios Japan
My journaling style is very much text and image, where I enjoy painting the scenes myself. I like how it reads like a book, or a diary and personalised pages that shows certain things that I really like.
And now, for your viewing pleasure.
Here’s a flip-through video of it:
I hope you enjoyed my MTN entries as much as I had writing & drawing them in! I’m working on journal entries for some of my other trips at the moment, so stay tuned!