“Swept Away By Wanderlust” Axel & Ash


This travel journal isn’t a tome of travel literature like I so love to read on the train. Still, it’s an inspiring travel read I keep with me wherever I go. It’s my travel journal Swept Away by Wanderlust by Axel and Ash….Or is it a travel bible? You decide.

I picked this journal up at Ampersand on Crown Cafe Bar & Bookstore  while wending around Surrey Hills (Sydney, Australia). As I was paying for a coffee I saw this book by the register. I loved its simple, understated canvas cover.

My eye was drawn to one of my favorite words “Wanderlust,” artfully scripted on the cover.


Little did I know how much it would continue to inspire my travels for the next 18 months.

I love its texture, I love its message, I love its feel. Love it all. I love it so much, I can’t bring myself to write in it. Sigh. Anyone else paralyzed in front of a blank canvas?….I digress.

I still look through “Swept Away by Wanderlust” for inspiration, because that’s just what it’s for–to inspire future travels and reminisce on unforgettable memories.

It’s a fill-in-the-blank style journal full of prompts and pictures.

I use it to kick my writer’s block in the butt. Or light a fire under my photography aspirations.

wanderlust journal world inspiration

Ignore my drab nails, and take a moment to look at the stunning photography. Don’t you love my ring? Thanks  Tranquilla Studios

Filled with inspirational prompts like “A Letter to My Future Self.” Other pages have list-style ideas like “the season is…in front of me I see…my quest is here…the thought of living here makes me.”

I don’t know about you but I often get caught between the juxtaposition of recording my travels for posterity, and actually taking the moment to enjoy them. I’m quick to whip out my camera, but did I even pause to appreciate that moment before I started framing it for Instagram?

What am I remembering here? me grumbling at my camera settings or the beauty of the Northern Oregon coastline?

This journal will make you stop, think, listen. It’s message:

Travel and live with awareness.

Ask the hard questions. Enjoy the simple things.

Yep. Bible, it’s my bible.

Map Journal


Stay tuned for my reviews of Axel & Ash’s other two Wanderlust-y Journals:

About Kelsey

Kelsey is a dancer, wandering this world as performing artist and writing about it. She's skilled at forgetting her umbrella, getting lost, and eating too much cheese. Wend is her platform to share her nomadic lifestyle, and all the moments of beauty, grace, and hilarity that happen along the way. Join her as she finds her place in the world while dancing whenever she can.

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