How to Buy a Diary for Travelling

A travel diary, or journal, can be a critical tool in recording your traveling experiences; especially if you are traveling for an extended period of time or traveling to a foreign location that is new and unfamiliar to you. Since your journal will be accompanying you for the duration of your travels, it is important to choose a user-friendly journal that you feel comfortable using and can withstand a substantial amount of wear during your journeys. Continue reading this article to learn how you can choose and buy a diary or journal for your travels.


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    Buy a diary that is sized properly to carry. Since your diary will be used primarily for your travels, you will want a diary that fits comfortably into either your pocket, satchel, backpack, or purse.
    • If you plan on buying postcards during your travels, make sure that the diary is large enough to hold standard-sized postcards that measure 4 by 6 inches (10.16 cm by 15.24 cm).
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    Buy a diary that lays flat when open. This will allow you to write comfortably in the diary while it sits on your lap or on flat surfaces.
    • Choose a diary bound in spirals or with a strong hardcover binding that allows the diary to lay flat when open.
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    Buy a diary that contains acid-free paper. This will help preserve your diary entries and sketches for years to come; whereas paper with acidic properties may deteriorate or become discolored over time.
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    Buy a diary with pockets or other storage. This will allow you to store ticket stubs, flyers, and other keepsakes collected on your travels in your diary.
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    Buy a journal with a cover that can withstand your travels. If you plan on handling the journal consistently, you may want to choose a hardcover or leather-bound cover instead of a spiral notebook with a cover made from paper.
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    Choose between a lined or unlined diary based on your needs. If you plan on writing daily journal entries, you may want a lined journal; whereas if you plan on using the journal for drawings or sketches, you may want a journal that contains blank, unlined pages.
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    Buy an attractive journal that you enjoy looking at. You may be more inclined to write in the diary on a consistent basis if you find the diary aesthetically pleasing and fun to write in.
    • If you are traveling to a specific destination, you may want to buy a diary that matches the theme of the country you are traveling to. For example, if you are spending several months in France, you may want to buy a diary with a picture of the Eiffel Tower on the cover.
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    Buy your travel diary from one of many venues. Travel journals are sold in a variety of locations; such as bookstores, gift shops, office supply stores, retail stores, and numerous websites on the Internet.
    • Visit a local bookstore to browse blank travel diaries. In most cases, major bookstore retailers will sell leather-bound journals, lined and unlined journals, and journals with specific travel themes; such as travels across the United States, children's travel journals, and journals with restaurant reviews.
    • Perform an Internet search to locate sellers with specialized travel diaries. For example, if you are traveling to Africa and want a leather-bound, African-theme journal, enter keywords such as "blank leather African journal" to find links to vendors who are selling travel diaries that meet this criteria.


  • If you are traveling with a laptop, you can use an online traveling diary that functions like a blog and is designed specifically for travelers. Visit the "Travellerspoint" website provided to you in the Sources section of this article, or perform an Internet search for "online travel diaries" to find websites that provide these types of services.

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