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In a recent poll, more than 77 percent of IndependentTraveler.com readers told us that they keep a travel journal during some or all of their trips — and I’m one of them.

Over the past decade, I’ve filled two and a half journals with scribbles about watching the sun rise in Morocco, hunting for “Lord of the Rings” sites in New Zealand and spotting totem poles in Vancouver. I’ve jotted down restaurants I wanted to recommend to friends and e-mail addresses for locals I wanted to keep in touch with. And at the end of every trip, when I get home and start sorting through hundreds and hundreds of photos, consulting my journal helps me figure out where I might’ve snapped those shots of fountains or flower boxes.

You can record your own trip memories in this attractive journal from Paperblanks, which we’re giving away to one lucky reader. The blue and gold cover is embossed with the writings of William Wordsworth, including quotes from his famous poem “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” (also known as “Daffodils”).

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Aside from its old-fashioned beauty, we like the journal for its convenient size — just 4″ by 5.5″, perfect to slip into your purse or jacket pocket — and for the magnetic cover that keeps the book shut when you’re done writing. This journal retails for $14.95.

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To win the journal, leave a comment below by Monday, May 7, at 11:59 p.m. ET. Be sure to include a valid e-mail address so we can contact you in case you win. We’ll choose a winner on Tuesday.

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– written by Sarah Schlichter

45 Responses to “Win a Journal, Preserve Your Travel Memories”

  1. Christy says:

    Gorgeous journal! There is nothing like a handwritten travel diary. I’ve been keeping one since 2001. It’s about time for a new journal. Would love to win!

  2. Nancy James says:

    What a beautiful journal. Encourages you to jot down your memories/thoughts and makes it all that more enjoyable to read them over and over. Great idea!

  3. Count me in! I am always in need of more journals. I keep one in my purse at all times, even while at my home city.

  4. abhishek gupta says:

    Seeing the journal brings back nostalgia of my journal which I have lost misplaced. Travel journals are a great way of capturing vivid memories while in the moment of the sentiment. I wish to get the journal. If I don’t, I am motivated to get one for myself. :}

  5. Christine says:

    Gorgeous. A beautiful product inspires better writing.

  6. Brenda B says:

    I would absolutely love to have this travel journal! It’s so much more stylish than the notepad app on my iPhone.

  7. Linda S. says:

    I regretted that I didn’t keep a diary on my first trip to Italy (despite encouragement from a relative), so this one would be perfect for the next trip.

  8. Justin says:

    I would love to sit down every evening and record each activity we dod that day while in Europe this summer… in a nice journal like this one!!!

  9. Allysson says:

    I’m planning my first overseas travel in over 20 years – and would love to have a beautiful journal to keep a record of my trip.

  10. Heather says:

    That is just gorgeous! That would be so useful for my many trips

  11. Jenny Wilson says:

    What a lovely travel journal ! At first I thought it would make a lovely present but if I won it …. I think I might just keep it !

  12. Rori says:

    Pretty journal! Thanks for the chance to win :D

  13. bettielee says:

    These Paperblanks journals are of amazing quality. I own … let’s just say… a lot of them. I don’t have this particular one, but I have several of the magnetized closures. They are so incredible – thick, creamy paper, excellent bindings – I’ve never had a problem with a Paperblanks journal staying together. No matter how much I abuse them on my wanderings.

  14. Aisazia says:

    I LOVE Paperblank journals, well journals in general. Would love to get my hands on it. :D

  15. Grace Murray says:

    Seeing as Wordsworth is my favourite poet, this exceptionally beautiful journal suits perfectly. It is so ornate and beautiful, I would feel like the luckiest girl in the world if I won it!

  16. Judy says:

    Beautiful journal. I used to keep a journal but haven’t written anything in a long time. I guess now would be a good time to start again!

  17. Heather S. says:

    Journaling has been in my life since age eight. It’s taken a form of not just writing for my health, but to also help remember my experiences in life. I’m looking forward to doing more traveling soon and can’t wait to share them with my kids and grandkids one day.

  18. Betty says:

    I have been looking for a beautiful journal like this for my upcoming trip to Ireland, May 19-31! I would so love to win this one! Thank you for the opportunity! <3

  19. Pat says:

    Beautiful journal! Wonderful website too :)

  20. Gillian says:

    I am taking a travel writing class and this would be the perfect inspiration for my work. In this age of virtual worlds, we are too quick to dismiss the importance of the physical world around us. I would love to open this up every morning to add my memories of trips taken and dreams of trip to be.

  21. jason says:

    that is a wonderful idea, i am in the process of saving for my first trip/ honeymoon after 6 years of marriage to Rome and venice.

  22. Andi says:

    It’s so gorgeous! I just started getting back into journaling!!!

  23. Hideki Yamada says:

    Whoa, that is a cool-looking journal. Please let me win it!

  24. Rachel says:

    What a gorgeous travel journal! I love that it has a magnetic close as well. I am venturing to Europe this summer – with my Mom, Dad, and grown up brother! I am so excited to make new memories as a family, and hopefully jot them all down too.

  25. Kristi says:

    Love the journal. I am an avid traveller and have been journaling my travels for several years….would love to fill this one!

  26. Kersy says:

    Ah, a bit of Wordsworth sounds like just the right thing.

  27. I have been on the road since 1973, starting with my first trip from rural New Hampshire to Washington DC, fast forward to 2012 that is 39 years of packing, un packing, border crossings and out door cafes.. I have traveled to every continent twice and still has so much to see. When will I have the time? Travel is the only education and need to creat a world the is smart and in harmony with it’sresidents..

  28. Alyn says:

    I love this. Such a cool giveaway. One of my goals is to write more about my travels and this would be a good jumpstart to do that.

  29. vagabondginger says:

    This looks like a nice size to have in my bag. Sitting at a sidewalk cafe observing local life always inspires me to record it. The stories tell so much more than photographs.

  30. Diane says:

    What a cool contest! I’d love to win the journal. Although writing to an online blog is useful for communicating with friends and family while traveling, nothing beats the pleasure of reading your notes years later in a beautiful book. My journals from my travels 40 years ago are both hilarious and poignant to read now.

  31. Deborah says:

    Almost too pretty to use, but I could get past that.

  32. Rebecca Low says:

    Beautiful journal. Great way to document and relive travel memories.

  33. Robin says:

    Lovely journal! Especially like the magnetic closure & ribbon book mark. Thanks for the chance to win, and thanks for the info on how to get one from Paperblanks, in case we don’t win (or want one for a family member or friend)!

  34. Kat says:

    I have tried writing my journal on the iPad but nothing beats the feel of a pen and paper journal.

  35. Clare says:

    As an artist I use travel journals for quick sketches to use in paintings when I get home or for jotting down ideas for artwork. It’s always enlightening to look back over a travel journal a few years later to see what I noted and relive the travel experience of a particular place.

  36. Rebecca says:

    I’m off to see 9 countries in 17 days and journal writing is how I will capture my memories and impressions. No computer or electronic device for me. Just a camera, a journal and my mind! Would love to win a journal for my adventure!

  37. C.padma says:

    I have traveled more than 25 countries last 10 yrs and everytime After returning from the trip its homework to add places to the photographs and forget detailes of it told by guides and its never late to start writing travel journel in my coming trips and i will happy if i could get such a beautiful one

  38. Lisa C says:

    “Even a 1,000 mile journey starts with a single step”. (Lao Tzu) And during same journey, the regaling starts with a single sentence…and flow outward expotentially to the serendipity one experiences enroute. (LMC)

  39. Louise T says:

    Keeping a travel journal is so rewarding. When looking back at a past trip, it makes all the memories come flooding back and brings joy all over again.

  40. Sue says:

    We will be doing an Alaska trip in June and I would love to have this journal to write my thoughts down in. I usually use a plain notebook and the type out what I’ve written down into a more permanent place, either saved to computer of put in a scrapbook.

  41. Tom says:

    I agree, the journal is beautiful. But it’s what fills the present void inside that really matters. Happy trails!

  42. Janelle Smith says:

    Such a gorgeous ‘Travel Journal’! I’d love to win it to take with me, on our first vacation to Europe and the Caribbean later this year. This is truly going to be a dream come true vacation, to visit so many amazing places, and what better way to record our memories, than in this very special journal! This trip deserves the best!

  43. Meghan Finley says:

    It’s a lovely idea but I’ve never tried this

  44. Ginni McCann says:

    WOW! what a delight it would be to have the ‘Travel Journal’ to write in. I just got back from two weeks in CUBA and would not have recalled the vivid and neat places we went and the things we did if it was not for keeping some kind ofjournal. I will always treasure my travels and with this journal I would be proud to write even more thoughts or memories in the future.

  45. John says:

    I agreed that handwritten diary is the best option for preserve any type of memories. You may not be the best writer in the world, but don’t worry about this. Travel journaling is all about you, your experiences, and what you felt during your trip. Don’t worry about writing style and grammar, Write your heart out.

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