Some might think that something as simple as a notebook cannot be seriously included as an essential for would be travelers in today’s electronic driven world, but it is.
I find my small notebook invaluable when I go out of town. It may not be as small as an iPhone (well it almost is) for taking notes down, but it does the job faster. I generally have it on my belt bag where it can be easily pulled out should I need to jot down some passing information that I would usually forget after an hour or so.
It is especially handy when it comes to writing about food. The taste, which is very fleeting, can be hard to recall by the time you have to write about it (although it may be a challenge to write while eating as I can attest, I always forget to take notes while chowing down, being too engrossed with the dish served right before me lol).
Names of streets, buildings, people you’ll meet along the way and expenses are also just a few penstrokes away.
Unlike its electronic counterparts, it’s a thousand times cheaper than even the oldest smartphone models. The simplest ones can be bought for as low as Php50.00 while the high-end types, like the snappy Moleskines are in the range of Php500.00 upwards. But these are basically the same notebooks, so choose one that would better fit your budget, needs, and storage space.
What I mostly look for, besides the price, is the design. I love textured matte covers. I also prefer those that have rubber snap locks to keep all the things I stuffed inside from falling out.
For the pages, I like the yellowish ones with no lines. For people who have trouble writing straight, this might be a problem, but it’s perfect for those who love to doodle and draw.
My current notebook is an invaluable source of info when I write and it looks cool too with all those tickets and what-nots glued within its pages. It’s actually about to retire, with just a few more blank pages left, and its successor only too ready to take its place, an Indiana Jonesque Muni Travel Journal. I got this as a gift and the thing I really dig about it is the illustrations inside showcasing the best of the Philippines.
So there, be it a cheap old tickler or an expensive Moleskine notebook, be sure to bring one on your next trip and record those invaluable memories in writing. It may be old fashioned, but it definitely looks cooler than your iPhone’s notepad.