You Want the Best Traveler’s Notebook? Start Here.

If you ever hunt for buried treasure…this is your notebook…

I jumped down this rabbit hole a while back and got lost in the sea of the “Traveler’s Notebook” community.

There is the “official” Traveler’s notebook from the Traveler’s Company based out of Japan, and then there are a bunch of others that have iterated off of their brand.

I had no idea that there were whole communities built around something so small…correction…something so complicated. I ended up with the smaller, blue version of the original that I use at work and then have the below larger version (from another company) for some personal journaling.

Check them out here and here.

Links of the Week (05/11/2020)

California dreaming, photography, and blogging for a living…

Do you dream about spelunking your way through a prehistoric cave? Is glamping under the stars more your style? Whatever your outdoor pleasure, you’re sure to find it in California.

You can find almost anything in my home state.

California’s Wide-Open Spaces


This month I clutched 250,000 pageviews. I’m thrilled, but looking at just a few years back it’s crazy how far my blog has come. We all start at 0 and we all have the power to catapult our blogs to help reach our goals.”

I stumbled across this site and got caught up reading a ton of articles. That’s usually a good sign of quality.

The 7 Best Ways to Grow Blog Traffic (0-250,000 Pageviews a Month)


We usually camp in national parks or the bush, but we also use caravan parks on extended roadtrips to enjoy luxuries such as power and a pool, and to clean up and do a few days’ work. A good caravan park is a destination in itself, and we’ve stayed in a few for up to a week, enjoying the experience.

A nice read for anyone who dreams of touring the country sometime in life.

The romance vs the reality of caravan parks


Feeling nervous about taking photographs in public can really hold your photography back. I personally can remember at least a year or so of photographing “interesting details” on walls and pavements because I just didn’t quite have the guts to photograph the people and scenes all around me. I wish I’d stopped to think about that at the time, and especially about how to overcome that fear!

Fantastic Tips to Stop Feeling Shy Taking Photographs in Public

World Travel Map: Past Adventures and Lands Yet to Explore

A gorgeous way to display your adventures…

I am an absolute sucker when it comes to quality items like this that not only display where I’ve been…but remind me where I have yet to go.

The World Travel Map by Conquest Maps is a unique canvas map that comes in various sizes, with pins that let you show off where you have had the chance to travel to. As someone in the military (with my wife former miltiary too) this is pretty fun for us.

You can pick between a smaller map or larger panel style versions, like what I bought.

If you’re curious and want to ad a dash of adventure travel to your walls, these are so good.

Best Camera Bag: Lowepro ProTactic 450

Such a fan of this backpack…

I bought this backpack after reading a million reviews, watching way too many YouTube videos, and even buying and returning a few.

And it was WORTH IT.

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Not only does it work well as a camera bag, but the versatility really shines through when you travel with it. I normally only recommend things that I own…and I am so happy to own this.

Indoor/Outdoor Camping Blanket by Rumpl

These are amazing for so many reasons…

I got one of these for my wife a few years ago and she loves it. Not only because it’s warm and comfortable…but because we can pack it up and bring it with us when we go outdoors.

I remember Rumpl blankets when they were a kickstarter and I was happy to see them make it to the outdoor stores I visit.

There’s a huge variety of them over on Amazon…highly recommended. (we own two of them now)

love the VoiceOver guy

CALIFORNIANS don't Know How GOOD they Have It

Man I was spoiled growing up here…

Good lord California is amazing. Having grown up and lived there for most of my life, I never realized how nice it was ALL THE TIME.

Now I do.

I never realized how good I had it.

Reader Input for "I Want to Travel to…Switzerland"

Good travel tips from readers like you…all in one place.

Not long after I posted my info and travel checklist for Switzerland, I got a message over on Tumblr with some good info:

Hey there, just saw your post you wanna come to Switzerland? Here is a link to the Swiss online hiking maps(free)

I marked out a nice hut to sleep in near Grindelwald. I have to say normally February is still too snowy to plan for big hikes in the mountains. Depending on the area you should think of bringing skis! Grindelwald is a beautiful place but it’s not like you don’t meet any people there. If you want real outdoor with not seeing people Graubünden or Valais is the better choice to be in the mountains.

There is definitely no issue about driving on the wrong side of the road…it’s not England. 😉 You are right Switzerland is incredible with public transport you can get almost anywhere and you have the scenic advantage of being able to take in the sights! Also they always run on time. :p

I hope you will enjoy your trip to Switzerland when it happens, and let me know if you decide to visit Magic Woods 😉    [Note: this is a climbing spot]

Best time for hiking long hikes high up is in autumn. Then you have most options open. if you have any questions, just ask away.

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