I’ve been keeping my eye open for the perfect travel journal for my trip to England/Egypt…and by “keeping my eye open”, I mean spending literally hours online shopping on Etsy, Ebay, and Google.
I thought at first I wanted something specifically Egyptian-looking, but there are very few Egyptian-themed journals out there, and none at all that I liked. So then I broadened the search. I knew a few things it had to have:
1) It had to have some sort of buckle or catch to keep it closed. I’m going to be stuffing all sorts of loose items in there, like ticket stubs, and I don’t want them to easily fall out. I also don’t like the type that has a thin lace or strip of leather that wraps around to hold it closed. I used one of those once, and you just can’t lace them tightly enough to keep things secure. I love the journals that have a built-in elastic band to hold the book closed, but I didn’t want something so modern for this particular journal.
2) I wanted something that looked old-world. Leather, or wood.
3) I wanted something sturdy, that would hold up to wear and only look better if it gets accidentally distressed.
4) I wanted something totally unique, and something that seemed ‘me’. If it was sold at Amazon, it probably wasn’t going to cut it – although I did search Amazon as part of my quest.
I found some amazing journals. Like this one:
It’s made of WOOD, and the pages are 80 year-old reclaimed paper. I love it. It’s wonderful. But ultimately, it’s just too small, and I have questions about how easy it would be to travel with.
This journal was the stand-out front runner for quite awhile.
But alas, no buckle either, and this one is actually a squidge too big.
But then I found this one, on Etsy. It’s handmade, in the Philippines. It’s leather, it has buckles, it’s totally different from everything else I was finding. And, it calls out to me. It wants to go to Egypt with me.
It fits all of my requirements. So Reader, I bought it.
Finding the right journal for a writer going on a trip is like finding the right wand for wizards going to Hogwarts!
I totally agree!
Beautiful choice! 😀