Travel Tales.

For someone who spends the bulk of her time writing, I've never been particularly good at the daily practice of journal-keeping (though I've tried and failed, or forgotten, or ripped up entire pages in fits of embarrassment on more than one occasion). Every now and then, though, I stumble across an example of out-of-the-box journaling that makes me want to try again — yesterday, London-based Lizzy Stewart's illustrated travel diaries did just that. 

Below, an entry from Helsinki.

What a wonderful way to remember a trip — by the strength of its coffee, its oddly-shaped fashions, its boat trip freckles. Next time I'm away — these days I'm daydreaming about India, and Japan, and repeat visits to Montreal — I'll (try to) take notes.

A big thank you to The Jealous Curator for the introduction. See more at About Today, here.


  1. I wish I could keep a journal like this. Alas, I am not so artistically inclined, and my journal would be a lot of stick figures and flowers that all looked the same...

  2. oh my gosh, so brilliant! i'm jealous of her skills.

  3. Kathy, mine would, too! Oh, well...

  4. Great idea for the journal. Wish I can draw like she does.

  5. I struggle with journal-keeping, too. I have also torn out pages and scribbled out entire entries. I am trying to be better. My journals are not just me being angsty, though. I keep quotes, passages from books, notes for stories, etc in my journals. I love having all the different journals lined up on the shelf.

    Moleskines are my favorite.

  6. I've always admired people who can journal so beautifully, I love the way she remembers her vacations as well :)

  7. As someone who has a collection of half-empty travel journals these entries are completely inspiring(also I'm a bit envious too:)

    PS. Love the new blog design!

  8. Ohh amazing diary! Love how she used only few colors too. I just came back from Japan and making illustrated diary is such a great idea. (Instead I just posted photos of "Omatsuri". Have you visited one before?) xo akiko

    Style Imported

  9. Julia, thank you!

    Akiko, I haven't, but I can't wait to see them!



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