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I Was Here: A Travel Journal for the Curious Minded (Travel Journal for Women and Men, Travel Journal for Kids, Travel Journal with Prompts) Diary – Illustrated, February 23, 2011
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- Publisher : Chronicle Books; Illustrated edition (February 23, 2011)
- Language: : English
- Diary : 128 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0811877701
- ISBN-13 : 978-0811877701
- Reading age : 18 years and up
- Item Weight : 7.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.75 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #249,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I WAS HERE is a guided journal. There are 21 blank pages for notes in the back, but the bulk of the journal is guided observation. There's a small "Before You Go" section to record lists, recommendations, and addresses for postcards. The "Journeys" section makes up most of the book, and it's full of suggestions for more fully observing and interacting with where you are. Activities include: photograph typographic specimens from store signs, license plates, and street names; for one day, shoot all photos from hip height; buy a mundane kitchen accessory that you'll use daily at home; order two things at a restaurant: what looks best, and what looks most different; look for "districts" in town that focus on utilitarian objects (the fabric district); sit on a corner for an hour and record what people are saying, doing, wearing; ask people to draw you a map; ask people for their favorite recipe; take rubbings of city textures (currency, subway tile, sewer grate); etc. There are seven itinerary pages and seven neighborhood pages: each with space to include things to do and see. There are spots to record 11 restaurants: what you ordered, yum/yuck, and other thoughts. The final "Notes" section has lined, gridded, and blank pages (21 total) and there's a small pocket in the back of the book. There are reference pages of illustrated measurements, common words in several languages, clothing sizes, etc.
EN ROUTE is a more traditional journal. There are 13 pages of checklists at the beginning (to research; to do; morning of; etc.). There are half-pages for dated diary entries (12 sections with room for a date, and weather icons to circle, and a half-page for notes). The bulk of the book is mostly blank/lined/gridded pages. Nearly every page has some travel-themed illustration. There are a few full-page illustrations interspersed (international teas, snacks on a stick, a collection of flowers). Most of the illustrations appear in both books. The reference pages (common words, measurements, sizes) are mostly the same between the two books. There's a small pocket in the back as well.
As I read through the journal it became apparent to me that this journal might be best if you use it to track one vacation/trip versus trying to track multiple ones.
There is really not enough room for each individual section to put things from multiple destinations.
You can definitely try, but I believe you might get a little bit frustrated, and run out of room .
So, I am actually saving this until I take that next epic vacation.
I wish I would’ve had it when I went to Madera island Portugal.
All of the really cool prompts inside would have been fabulous.
There was this one really cool suggestion about taking home one thing from everyplace you visit.
Such as toothpaste. Collect a small container of toothpaste from every place you travel to. . Obviously make sure it’s something specifically for the place you are at, written in the language, etc.
to me that just seems like a really cute and cool way to collect a memory, and for something that is not very common to collect. Of course you can replace toothpaste with anything.
Such as containers of coffee/tea, a newspaper, etc. something other than your typical magnet, T-shirt, postcard, memorabilia, etc. Of course there is nothing wrong with that either. I get a magnet from every single place I go. Whether it’s a new city inside of my state, a new state, country, etc. or even a special place like the mystic aquarium.
I like that this travel journal has creative and not common ways to remember your trip, make it special for you, etc.
Like I said I believe my only complaint is that there seems to be only enough room for one Destiination, possibly two destinations, but like I said if you try to do anything else it will quickly get crowded and confusing. But I suppose that is up to each individual
Now that Christmas/the holidays are quickly approaching this might be a great idea for somebody in your life that loves to travel or is planning an epic vacation in the not too distant future .
I’ve been hearing about a family trip to Peru in 2019 and I think if I am able to go I would definitely make this my Peru travel journal if I go to Disney down in Florida this will be my Disney travel journal. I have been making a “dream board“ about my Disney vacation. Especially visiting the Harry Potter section of Disney !
What I like about this journal is it will be fun for people to read after everything is done.
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The reason it only get's 3 stars is because I've seen other books where you fill things in yourself, other Journals with a lot more to them, a lot more clever and amusing, this one didn't seem to me to have much about it. As I said though, she seemed to enjoy it but I think this book could be done a whole lot better.