I need a travel journal. A fabulous one.
BECAUSE I’M GOING TO AFRICA! Yep. In February. I’ve got plenty of time to plan my non-colorful, non-white, non-black wardrobe that won’t scare off the animals, but I’m running darned short on time to find THE perfect journal.
I’m sure I’ll travel with a computer of some kind, even if I leave it in a safe somewhere as we head out to the back end of nowhere. And I’ll probably have my long-battery-lasting Kindle (never leave home without it) on which I could type in a pinch, but as any person who loves books and paper will tell you, there is something magical about the immediacy of thoughts written by hand in a journal with a wonderful pen. So, I need a journal people. Something elegant but utilitarian. Something with incredible paper. Leather is yummy. And a great pen. I need a fab pen. Multiples, of course.
The plan is a trip of 8-9 days, which includes a few days in tents. According to my uncle, these are not your ordinary tents. Here’s a pic from his last trip to Africa. That’s the wilderness you see through the tent windows. What a scream! However, since my idea of camping is a Day’s Inn with no internet…I’m liking this tent. Our safari might be less fancy. He was a VIP on this trip and a representative of a conservancy group. (He’s the original nature guy.) So…our safari tent is likely to be slightly less gorgeous but still better than a pup tent.
I have to learn to take pictures before I go, too. I rarely use the camera. Must find instructions. And a class. And a journal. I’m thinking soft. It should fit my hand well so I’ll carry it around. Lined paper, I think. No trendy travel journals with “fill in the blank pages” and wild life info. This should be an experience journal.
Do any of you journal? Is it all about the paper or the pen or both? Any tips on journaling?