Journaling with Traveler’s Notebooks

When I discovered traveler’s notebooks, I discovered a whole new system for journaling that is practical, portable, and fun.  Whether you love to bullet journal, art journal, or do any kind of list- making or documenting your thoughts, the traveler’s journal is a wonderful system. 

How to use a traveler's notebook

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Are you familiar with traveler’s notebooks?   For those of you who are as unaware as I was until a year or two ago, a traveler’s notebook is a leather or leather-like or fabric cover that holds multiple inserts (mini-notebooks)  with elastic bands. So, in reality, you are carrying around several little notebooks in one book-like cover.  One for say, your calendar, one for lists, one for a daily journal, one for sketching, etc.  But they are all in the same place.  Several little notebooks, all in one nice tidy package. This really speaks to my need for structure and portability!

(A divided binder or discbound notebook serves a similar purpose. I have those too.  Different notebooks for different things!)

Here are the traveler’s notebooks I’ve committed to filling this year.  The floral one is from Webster’s Pages.  That particular one is discontinued,  but there are several similar ones. The brown one was on clearance at Hobby Lobby.

Traveler’s notebooks come in all different price ranges. Mine were both on clearance. They each came with one plain notebook insert, and then I purchased additional (much prettier!) inserts separately on Etsy. Inside each of these, I have 4 individual notebooks (inserts), but I could fit a few more. 

traveler's notebooks
traveler's notebook inserts

Note: These pretty notebook inserts in the pictures above and below did NOT come with the traveler’s notebook.  It comes with one plain insert.  I purchased my inserts at Etsy.

traveler's notebook insert

I’m going to fill those inserts up this year with lists, drawings, gratitude, goals, prayers, etc. (I have ideas to fill a notebook in my post here.) I want to encourage all of you to journal this year.  No journaling fear! 

I’m also a bit of a pen fanatic, and I often use fountain pens in my journals. I love colorful gel pens, too, and have some new favorite ones. They’re so smooth, they glide. They also dry very fast and don’t smear at all.  Pentel Energel RTX retractables.  Some of the colors also come in a 1.0 mm (broad tip.) Sometimes I like to write with that bold line, when I’m writing bigger.

Happy journaling!

Linking to:

Your Whims Wednesday at My Girlish Whims, Our Home Away from Home, Creative Muster at FlusterBuster, Wonderful Wednesday at Eclectic Red Barn, Thursday Favorite Things, Artsy Fartsy, Home Matters, Create, Bake, Grow, and Gather at Shabby Art Boutique, Tuesday Turn About at My Wee Abode, Over the Moon at Marilyn’s Treats, Craft Schooling Sunday at Creative Jewish Mom, Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House, Esme Salon, Create with Joy

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  1. Ooh they do say to go more dairy free when sick so that soup looks divine. I know just what you mean about being so grateful for health when not sick. Being sick can really take its toll. It can last for so long these days.
    I'm a sucker for pretty journals, and also gel pens.

    1. It really is a great soup. And, can you believe it, I'm still not over this virus. More time to rest, eat soup, and journal. 🙂

  2. Thanks so much for stopping by!! I hope you are having a great week!!

  3. Sorry to hear you are not feeling up to par. I make elderberry elixir and Kombucha. We take some every day and do not get sick. If however, we do feel something coming on we will take it three times a day and by the next day we are fine.

    My daughter just bought both of us bullet point journals. This will be the first time I am using a journal.

    1. My daughter is a fan of elderberry, and she, too, recommended I take some. She also loves Kombucha! I will have to try those. I think you will love journaling. I am really trying to be more consistent with it. My mom journaled a lot, and now that she's gone, the journals are so precious to me. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  4. I’m fascinated with these traveler journals but not sure how i would use them…would love to see some of your sample pages!

  5. I have always had a love for pretty journals. Four years ago or so, I used to follow Dawn Nicole's daily hand lettering/doodling prompts, and really enjoyed it. I went through some life things, and got out of taking time to do it, but I would like to do it, and will need a pretty new journal for it!


    1. I missed this comment somehow, Alexandra, but I saw it just now. I really like Dawn Nicole's site! She was one of the first people who I followed for brush lettering.

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