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I’m a bit of a planner/notebook/notepad freak and in the fall I decided I wanted a new planner. I mean, the year was wrapping up, I should get a jump on the new year. I had a HUGE one from Franklin Covey years that I stopped using because I went digital with my datebook and it was like a mini briefcase. So I really did need a planner, more so a pretty notebook I could keep lists in and random thoughts.
I toyed with getting a Filofax or even another (smaller) Franklin Covey. I made a list of every style I liked, made notes on how big the paper would be in it and even cut out mock planners to get a feel for the size.
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I devoured every planner I could find online in search of the perfect one…
In my Pinterest travels, I happened upon Midori Traveler’s Notebooks. What are these? I thought to myself. Don’t care, gotta have one! And so my obsession began. It doesn’t help that I already have an issue with paper and office supplies.
What Are Traveler’s Notebooks?
A Traveler’s Notebook is exactly that, a notebook for traveler’s =) They’re used to keep all your travel documents close at hand as well as document your trip and collect mementos along the way. As their popularity grow, their audience is broadening along with how they’re being used.
They are a cover, typically made from leather, with elastic bands down the middle and one through the back cover or spine that makes a loop. The loop is to keep the notebook closed. You slip notebooks under the bands in the center to hold them in place. Depending on the style of traveler’s notebook/the creator, you can fit 2 to 10 notebooks in them.
True Midori Traveler’s Notebooks are distributed by the Midori company in Japan. There are shops that carry true Midori’s (labeled below with MTN). Anything else is a faux Dori and usually named for the crafters shop or name (jendori, foxy dori, raydori).
Oh, and did I mention there are lots of accessories to play with too?
Places to buy a Traveler’s Notebook and Accessories
- Baum-kutchen (MTN)
- Foxy Dori (leather covers, personalized)
- Amazon (MTN)
- Goulet Pens (MTN)
- Traveler’s Notebook & Company (MTN)
- Yellow Paper House on Etsy.com (notebooks, no covers)
- Your Favorite Etsy Shop =)
You can buy true Midori supplies at several places above but I always go back to Baum-Kutchen. I love them. The customer service and personal touches to my order let me know my patronage is appreciated.
What I’m Using My Traveler’s Notebooks For
Ok, if you checked out some of the links above and still need a reason for wanting these lovely leather gems, let me share with you how I’m using mine.
- My 52 Lists 2015 series
- A catchall for stray notes – random ideas, planning my upcoming garage sale, books to read
- Gift lists
- My wallet =)
I currently have 2 MTN’s, one black and one brown, a black passport size MTN and a Paradise Blue Foxy Dori with a Mango one on the way… I have a problem. In the coming week’s I’ll be showing you the in’s and out’s of all my notebooks.
What type of planner/notebook do you use?