I am a writer, blogger, and part-time globe trotter who has traveled to over 35 countries around the world, and created a journal using this style of journaling in every place I've gone. So I have a LOT of journals in my closet, filled to the brim with little mementos from around the world. Once a contributor to the Huffington Post, I got the idea for the Pack This Journal as a way to create and inspire more meaningful travel through the little things we find on every journey. I created the journal to encourage anyone and everyone to embrace the small moments in our lives and remember them forever.
If you are looking for more about me and my travels, visit my travel blog at ALittleBitAdrift.com or contact me here.
I've been sharing my travels over the last 9 years on my blog, A Little Bit Adrift, explaining travel has changed my life. From grand adventures to weekend getaways, I've used my blog as a personal diary. I always hope to inspire you to travel, but it also serves as a walk down memory lane for me. The blog, and this life I've created around it, is something I am incredibly proud of.
It wasn't until 2017 when I finally realized how to incorporate my love of travel with my love of journaling and writing. This is how (and why) the Pack This Journal was created, and I share many of the same stories and elements of ALBA and Pack This Journal together. They are my true passions, and I am happy for you to get to know both of them!
No matter where you go around the world, if you are going on a BIG trip, a plane is usually involved. And as you start your journey, and have you Pack This Journal in tow, make sure you start with adding your plane ticket. it is the first step in this amazing adventure, so glue it in (after landing, of course) and get ready for an amazing adventure.
These are the old school way for you, your friends and family to remember your journey. But if you still love postcards -grab 'em and glue 'em in! What makes the place iconic? You can probably find a postcard for that!
Just as you would keep a plane ticket, keep those train and bus tickets are excellent and meaningful additions to the Pack This Journal. They help you remember the the little trips within a trip that took you where you need to go. Save them all and add them to your journal.
Business cards are an easy thing to grab as you're leaving a particular business, restaurant, shop or from a person you met in one of these locations. Business cards often have address and logos on them - perfect to job your memory if you ever want to go back again!
Receipts. You get them with just about anything you buy. Great meals, interesting souvenirs, awesome drinks. Instead of crumpling them up and tossing them, save them in your Pack This Journal. it never hurts to remember your best meal from a trip!
You spend a lot time planning a getaway. Why not remember the little details of the trip? Where were you on a particular day? Where did you stayed? What car rental company did you use? All can be saved for eternity in the Pack This Journal.
Oh the little things. Visa documents can be a real pain to compile. Eventually, you may get that visa or paperwork back. Save it! Those random countries get a coveted passport stamp, why not save the documents that got you there in the first place.
Maybe you are more of a nature collector. Finding those beautiful leaves or flowers from a trip are a great add-on to the Pack This Journal. Adding an even more sentimental touch to your journal, these natural items will remind you of the beauty that is traveling.
Just like business cards and receipts, coasters can be an excellent addition to the Pack This Journal. Often embossed with a restaurants logo and address, you can remember the best meal of the trip (or remember where you spent a night buying the bar a round of drinks).