There’s no better way to remember those special travel memories and highlights than by jotting them down in a notebook. Documenting all your adventures while exploring foreign lands is the surest way to ensure that those wonderful times remain alive in nostalgic form, and you’ll be able to go back to them over and over again even decades later.
Aside from their practical value, there’s also something very satisfying about holding a well-used journal fill of scribbles and photos in your hand, and today, there are a variety of stylish options available that you’ll just want to own, even if you don’t have a trip planned soon.
Below we rounded up our top five favourite travel notebooks, including traditional handmade leather journals, on-trend marble-printed logbooks and pretty botanical diaries. These options will ensure any trip is on-point, from beginning to end.
We love the combination of marble print and copper foil in this elegant hardcover notebook from Love Letters; it goes for a reasonable R200.
The stuff our notebook dreams are made of, this 100% full-grain leather notebook from Hide Cape Town has been hand-cut, hand-dyed and hand-bound, and filled with high-quality artistic paper that’s just waiting for words. It’s available in three different sizes and there’s the option to seal it with either a leather strap or press stud.
Available from Hello Pretty, this travel journal is covered in soft leather produced in a 100-year-old KZN factory and filled with off-white archival paper from the famous Fabriano mill in Italy. It’s available in black, brown, natural and chestnut and comes packaged in a cotton drawstring bag. Get it for R510.
Packaged in a set of two, the Apple Blossoms notebook from To the Moon and Back Paper Studio features soft florals on the laminated cover and 60 blank pages of potential inside. They’re available from Hello Pretty for R120.
Also made by To the Moon and Back Paper Studio, this set of two A5 notebooks features a slightly more masculine abstract design that draws on organic references. It too includes 60 white pages that you can spill your travel experiences onto. Hello Pretty sells these journals for R120.
Pick up our August 2016 Destination issue for more travel-related inspiration.