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