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Product Details

  • Diary: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; Jou edition (February 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811877701
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811877701
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Kate Pocrass is a San Francisco-based artist whose work has been exhibited in venues throughout the world.

Customer Reviews

It is very well made and full of ideas.
Leslie Bigham
I bought this journal for my daughter but liked it so well that I will use the ideas in the book as a launching pad for my own trip journal.
Audria
I think it would make a great gift for first-time travelers, creative-types with a sense of humor, or friends on a stay-cation.
PinkBunni

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By little toki on July 21, 2011
Format: Diary
i'm the kind of traveler who makes an intense itinerary before leaving home and race from major tourist attraction A to major tourist attraction B. it's terrible really. i first picked up this journal because i was attracted to it's charming illustrations. as i flipped through it, i realized that it was so much more than your average travel journal. of course you have the usual things... measurement conversions, common phrases in different languages, and time zones. but it also has an international dumpling guide (my favorite part of this journal... korea - mandu, germany - klopse, india - samosa) and international coffee and tea traditions. the pages are filled with suggestions to get you to sit back and really observe your surroundings and catch all the little interesting bits that you may overlook while running between museums and historical sites. anything from "draw every item within your reach at this very moment" to "ask a stranger what they spread on their toast". there's also plenty of space to plan your day and write mini reviews of the restaurants you eat at. if you take the time to actually use this journal (although it's almost too pretty to write in), you will end up with a truly magnificent souvenir.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Daniela Perez on August 23, 2013
Format: Diary Verified Purchase
Length: 0:31 Mins
Such a cute journal! It's long, but is not wide, so it fits perfectly in my bag. It's sturdy and is very colorful both on the cover and on the inside. There is a little pocket in the back for things like cards or tickets. It also has a stretchy strap to keep it closed. The tasks inside are very fun and creative. If you're not willing to ask a total stranger for something, do not buy this. This journal is for people who want to enjoy their vacation, but also want to have fun, unique memories. Buy it, IF you're not afraid to use it :)
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By PinkBunni on February 20, 2012
Format: Diary
Love it! I plan on buying another as a gift. I think it would make a great gift for first-time travelers, creative-types with a sense of humor, or friends on a stay-cation. The suggestions and prompts help you look at place with different eyes, whether it's your hometown or dream destination. There's several blank or mostly blank pages for making whatever notes and doodles you want. The book is organized into six sections: Credo, Before you go, Journeys, In the Field, Reference and Notes.

Credo is a page of the author's, Kate Pocrass', thoughts on travel.

'Before you go' includes the usual useful fill-in-the-blanks. For example: packing list, emergency contacts, "I must see.../Avoid the...", and an address list for sending snail mail.

In 'Journeys', you find things like a blank page instructing you to "smudge this page with whatever you are drinking" and blank boxes to draw "objects... that have slightly different signage than what you are familiar with."

In 'In the Field' you can record things like important location information (home base, best way to get around this city, etc.) and "Itineraries from which to deviate".

At the back is a mix of references: voltages of various countries, measurements, clothing sizes, simple translation (hello, goodbye, yes, no, please, thank you, etc. in English, French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Mandarin, Italian and Hindi) as well as pictures to point to when words fail (toilet, phone, etc). There are also two somewhat unusual (but cute and well illustrated!) references: "International Dumpling Types" and "Various Coffee & Tea Traditions".

There's an elastic band to keep the book closed. The book measures about 4 1/4" by 8 1/2" by 1/6". It's not exactly pocket-sized, but definitely still easy to carry around.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Kim A Pickett on May 25, 2012
Format: Diary Verified Purchase
This would be great for creative types (e.g., a page instructs you to smear part of the drink your neighbor is drinking on the page). Sorry to sound like a fuddy-duddy, but I'm not interested in smearing someone's drink on the pages. Was looking for something a little more practical and direct. Again, it's whimsical and great for creative types, but if you're looking for a straightforward type of journal, this is not it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Curious Mind on October 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
I bought this book 2 days for leaving on a 14 tour of Europe, and it literally made my trip one of the best of my life. I LOVE the fact that it is not a typical travel journal, but has TONS of fun things to do. The book encourages you go out and speak to native people and do different things, ie collect an every day ordinary kitchen item to remind you of your trip daily, or get directions from someone local to their favorite restaurant , or draw a picture of what you see outside your window right now. I did almost 75% of the suggestions in the book, and now have some unique memories, such as getting a rubbing of the floor of Sistine Chapel(!!), or getting a recipe from a lovely lady in Lucrene, Switzerland. I love, love, love this book and as soon as I can will buy another. It is now one of my travel essentials!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marine DL on September 5, 2013
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I fall in love with this book in a little shop in St Augustine, FL
I didn't buy it because the cover was dirty but I tried to find it as soon as I came back home.
I'm travelling around the US for a year and each time I visit a new city I choose a page.
There are so many categories I can fill. I love the drawing I love how the author makes us exploring the city.
I already have memories for a life time just looking back at some pages.

I advise EVERYONE to buy it it's so different so funny when you're travelling.
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