My precious notebook (right) for the last year has been battered, worn, and well-used. I figure I’ll try out the Traveler’s Notebook (left).
I love keeping a notebook with me. I started out using a portable notebook by carrying around the HipsterPDA.
It’s basically a small bundle of index cards held together by a binder clip. Simple, cheap, and refillable. I’d capture everything that comes to my attention on this faithful companion. I had an errands list, an office work list, and a house work list. Eventually I outgrew it and just bought a bunch of A5 notebooks to put it into my messenger bag. I always tried to make sure I was never without some sort of notebook to capture ideas or tasks throughout the day.
My friends wonder why I carry a notebook. It’s the perfect capture device. There are no batteries. As long as I have it with me, I can scribble down ideas and notes when it feels difficult to whip out my iPhone or iPad to capture something.
My handwriting is so awful, it makes my kindergarten teacher cringe. As long as I can decipher the words, I’m willing to live with chicken scratch writing. I’ve never kept my notebooks for archival purposes. I usually transfer my notebook notes back to the computer for record preservation. Then I just toss out the notebook after 3 months.
I thought I’d try using a Traveler’s Notebook after watching this video.
A Traveler’s Notebook is a simple leather cover with a leather band to keep it closed. The cover can hold multiple inserts such as a zipper pouch, an envelope slot, or a variety of notebooks. You can add or remove the various inserts by slipping them in or out of the leather bands that holds the notebook together.
I ventured to my local bookstore and found a Traveler’s notebook to try it out. The Traveler’s Notebook I purchased had three notebook inserts. A blank paper notebook, a notebook with lined pages, and a dot grid notebook. I’m not sure which one I’ll stick with but I am leaning towards the dot grid and the plain paper variations.
I’m looking forward to getting that worn leather look that shows it’s been well used and much loved. There are a variety of Traveler’s Notebooks available.
I’m in love with carrying this faithful companion. I might keep a notebook insert just for journals. There’s something magical about writing and scribbling that a digital app can’t capture. I’m thinking of maintaining one journal insert as notes to my kids. I can pass it on when they’re old enough to understand some of the wonderful thoughts I captured when they grew from a baby to an adult.
Here is one Traveler’s Notebook that I already ordered to replace the first sampler I bought at the local bookstore.
Here are some of the photos from that Amazon page that shows the flexibility of a Traveler’s Notebook. I used to carry beautiful bound notebooks but I’m liking the idea of having replaceable notebook inserts instead. Try one out and tell me how you feel about them.