One of the best souvenirs I have from my first trip around the world is the journal I kept over those 18 months. Having captured my thoughts and feelings as I traveled has allowed me to relive that trip over and over again in the years since.
Memories fade, so being able to relive events as they happened is priceless. To be reminded of the people I met, places I saw, and things I felt? To see my journeys through the eyes of my younger self makes me glad I kept a journal. Younger me was wise!
While we memorialize our travels on social media, journals let you get more personal and honest. After all, unlike social media, you’re (probably) the only one that is going to read it. Long-form writing also allows you to go a lot more in-depth and is a lot easier to look through in the future (you don’t have to endlessly scroll).
That’s why, last year, we created My Travel Journal — because I think more travelers should spend time journaling as they explore.
A printing snafu meant that our first edition was as thick as a bible. (However, that one was — and still is — ideal for those living abroad or going on extended travels, or those who like to illustrate their journals with postcards, train tickets, etc.)
But we went back to the presses, corrected the error, and now have “right”-sized books — and I’m super excited to announce today that they are finally on sale!
Our journal features guided prompts to help you remember everything you experience on the road, as well as quotes to keep you inspired along the way. It also includes pre- and post-trip sections, so you can set your intentions before you actually record your experiences, and then reflect on everything.
The new edition has everything you need to record your trip:
It has guided prompts so you remember to write down all your important memories.
There is free space too so you can just let your thoughts run wild.
It has inspirational travel quotes to keep you inspired.
It’s only as thick as a Moleskine, so it’s perfect to travel around with.
We’ve designed the journal to be as straightforward and streamlined as possible so that you can remember all those incredible moments. It will help you get into the habit of journaling every day too.
This journal retails for $27.99. It is 168 pages thick and weighs .75 lbs and comes in four colors:
For the next two weeks, in celebration of this amazing new journal, you can get it for just $19.99 with the code NEWYEAR.
Additionally, if you want our earlier jumbo version, which has enough pages to last a full year, you can add it to your order for only an additional $10 USD. Use the code TOGETHER at checkout (both codes can be used at once).
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