The Moleskine Passions Travel Journal is a wonderful gift for any nomad (even if that nomad is you!). I have to say that out of all the Passions journals I have, I really feel that this is the one where they got it right. I’ve used this journal do plan two trips and document four, and I plan to use it for several trips ahead. Unlike other Passions journals, this one will probably take more than a year or two to fill up, depending on how much you travel.
The front pages of the journal offer areas to write important contact information, passport and license numbers, vaccinations, and a standard checklist. There are also small calendars for the next six years, a map that shows world time zones, temperatures and days of rain around the world for each season, and even a list of average flight durations from one location to another. Basically, it’s a travel nerd’s best friend.
The journal is divided into sections for Wish List, Planning, Weekends, Short Trips, and Long Trips sections. I’ve used the planning section for trips I might take but I’m not sure when. Everything else goes into the latter three sections. The above picture is the first two pages of my Spring Break Trip where I biked the Natchez Trace Parkway. I considered that a short trip, and there are places to fill in a checklist, names of travel companions, dates, and places you’ll visit. Turn the page and you’ll see (pictured below) a page to fill in memorable moments and a page for a photo or clippings.
That same concept is at work in the Weekend and Long Trips sections, the only thing that changes is the amount of space you get. For the weekend trips you get two pages per trip but all of the same sections, they’re just quite a bit smaller. For Long Trips you get the same two pages early on, a whole page to list places visited, a page for maps/notes, two pages for memorable moments, and two pages for photos or clippings.
The journal also has sections you can use for whatever you like at the end. There are six of these sections and I’m using all of them. I use the first one for curiosities, which really means playing the 50 States Game when I’m on a road trip. The second is for general impressions, the third is for recording what I eat and where I eat, the fourth is for pictures and memories of important people I meet along the way, and the last one is for routes and maps.
Like all the Passions journals, it comes with stickers for marking important things and I use the stickers in this journal more than any of my other journals. This is really one of my favorite Moleskines and I can’t recommend it enough! I think there is enough space devoted to every important aspect of traveling, from planning to recording memories.
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Moleskine Passions Travel Journal