The self proclaimed life lessons learnt throughout this preparation phase have so far been very educational and enjoyable. Quite unexpected really, to once again be reminded and relive the joy of learning stuff and discovering new things (especially about yourself). So fun that it makes me wonder what I’ve been doing for all those other times, years, where I probably wasn’t learning anything useful, or at least enjoyable to say the least.
As described in my previous posts, I feel like I now understand the power of setting goals, or the essence of packing lite, and feel proud to have discovered an idea that life may not need to be a one way direction; these discoveries are happening almost every day, and I feel good that I’m able to document them onto this blog as I go.
At this point, I realise that inspiration comes and goes, almost instantaneously, and if I fail to document them while they’re fresh, I probably wouldn’t remember them, I wouldn’t learn them, thus I wouldn’t have discovered them. So blogging has now become one of the top priorities on my daily ‘To-Do List’ as I embark on my journey to keep my mind awake to the discoveries that lay ahead.
However, I know I’m not going to have the luxury of being connected on my laptop everyday when the journey actually begins, which is when I imagine to have a lot more of these inspirational moments coming and going quickly, probably more than I can handle and definitely more than I can blog about. Which is why I’ve decided to get myself a little pocket journal to capture as much moments as possible on the go.
At first, you might be like me and question the difference of taking a notebook, a journal, or even just a pen and paper. I certainly started off by searching for the cheapest notebook on ebay, but as I continued scrolling, the more I started noticing the different types of notebooks out there, and started daydreaming the different use cases that I can picture myself in with them, and suddenly a rush of good-feeling. Yes, that’s the moment of inspiration.
After spending about an hour of scrolling through pages and pages online, I think I’ve finally found one that hits the spot. The Midori Traveler’s Notebook.
The Midori Notebook seems highly regarded, or at least frequently talked about amongst seasoned travellers, or within the small but prominent underground scene of adventure journalism (Yes, It’s there). Apparently the paper quality is great for writing, the leather cover ages quite nicely as you travel, and the design of the journal allows for owners to customise it to their own liking with ease with things like attachable papers, folders, photo inserts, zip bags, etc, all made possible with just one piece of string, it’s simple and concise, I see it as an art form of pure engineering brilliance.
In the end, however, it is just a notebook, and I admit feeling embarrassed for spending hours looking at reviews and user feedback, but the more I researched, the more inspired and curious I got, and slowly I started understanding why there is a hidden niche market of journal fanatics across the world.
Now I’m convinced that a diary/notebook/journal essentially becomes a part of you when you’re travelling, becoming imbued into the characteristic of each person’s individuality, your one and only companion that sees everything you see, ages as you do, and develops as you go.
The cost was 3240 Yen, about $30 USD. Shipped together with various accessories and customisable parts, I ended up spending about 7000 Yen. Currently on it’s way from Tokyo. Expect to see this journal in action soon, for notes, sketches, ideas and discoveries!