Earlier this year, I won a voucher for Bound Custom Journals thanks to a contest from Geneviève at Haven in Paris. I had been looking to try them out for some time and this was the perfect opportunity to do so.

I’ve discussed this in other posts, but I love my travel journals. They’re the source material for this blog, and the I find myself going back to them time and again just to refresh my memory about things I saw or did while on the road.

Important question: what makes a great travel journal? For me, space, and flexibility. I have different needs for longer trips versus shorter trips, but regardless of the length of my adventure, I’m picky.

My travel journals

Planning custom journals

I have specific tastes in journals and the thought of getting some produced to my exact specifications was, in a word, delightful. The Bound Custom Journal site is easy to navigate, which makes it easy to put together your dream journal. There are both hard- and soft-cover options, fun colours and my favourite option, lots of different types of pages. I knew I had a few shorter trips coming up early in the year, so I selected Bound’s “Bound Memo” journal and got planning.

Generally, I prefer to use the left side of the page for jotting notes, composing Tweets, doodles and pasting ticket stubs, business cards, anything interesting I collect along the way. The right side is the proper “journaling” section where I detail the events of the day, nice people I met and whatever random or weird things I encountered along the way. Since I knew the dates I would be travelling for some of my trips, I added date-specific pages, and then some Cornell Note pages at the back to keep track of my spending for Canadian customs when I returned home.

When the journals arrived, they were exactly as I imagined them:

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The verdict

I couldn’t be happier with the journals. They were perfect for capturing my recent long-weekend adventures in New York City and performed exactly as I hoped they would. The size was small enough for carrying around without adding weight (or being difficult to write in) and using my trusty glue tape, I now have everything from those trips captured in one easy-to-find space. The memo size I had is perfect for a long weekend or trips of a week or so, but I’d definitely consider upgrading to a larger size for a longer trip. Luckily, Bound has great options for larger journals, too.

Disclosure: I didn’t get paid to write about this product, but I did win the voucher in a random prize draw.

Do you use travel journals? What makes a great travel journal? Fire away in the comments?

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