I discovered the traveler’s notebook at a trade show. Always on the lookout for the perfect planner, I couldn’t pass up the booth of the professional organizer. And, of course, the natural leather jumped off the table at me. After years as my constant companion, I’ve discovered five ways to use my traveler’s notebook. Let me share them with you here.
The Traveler’s Notebook for Travelers
The traveler’s notebook earned its name from folks that wanted to record their travels. The typical TN will hold four inserts, which could be used for four different destinations. Or, you could have one insert for your current journey, and use the rest of the space for other useful inserts.
If you want to use your TN for traveling, consider an insert with lined pages to record your experiences. If you plan to collect ephemera (paper mementos from places you visit) or save photographs in your notebook, make sure your insert has acid-free paper. Paper that doesn’t bleed the ink from your favorite pen is a must, as well. After all, who wants to waste creative energy trying to conceal ink splotches on the back of the page.
A nice addition to your traveling insert is information for reference, like a time-zone map or measurement conversions. Of course, the perfect place for that information would be the inside cover.
The Traveler’s Notebook for Artists
Also, consider the size. “On-the-go” means it’s easy to carry, will fit in your bag or knapsack, and is lightweight.
The Traveler’s Notebook for Engineers
Makers sketch things all the time. Don’t lose all the little slips of paper that show 15 different ways to attach the main pulley to the machine. Capture them all in a traveler’s notebook insert.
The Traveler’s Notebook as a Planner
If you feel the need to plan everything, use a calendar insert in your traveler’s notebook. Put it in the front of the TN so it’s easy to get to. A quick online search finds monthly and weekly spreads. A week on the left with a blank page on the right. Dated or open so you can start at any time. There are many options to choose from.
The Traveler’s Notebook as a Catch-All
Finally, stop scribbling notes and lists on the back of receipts or napkins. Keep a blank insert in your TN to catch all those things. Grocery lists, kids’ clothing sizes, podcast notes, or anything you want to jot down quickly can go in your blank insert.