In December I spent some wonderful days in beautiful Lisbon, Portugal with my <3. Before we left I cracked open a new note book to use for my travel journal.
I didn’t want to bring my regular bullet journal with me. Partly because I only have a few blank pages left and didn’t know if they would be enough for this trip. And partly because I prefer to take thinner (lighter) books with me on trips. Especially if I think I’ll take it with me out on the town.
This note book has blank pages, so no dots or grids to help me keep my writing on point. So it was a challenge to keep everything in line and straight, but a fun challenge :)
I was #plannernerd happy to run into a big muji store in Lisbon and I bought a whole lot of gel pens as well as some plastic ”pockets”. The ”pockets” are to store my stickers, which I hope will work out nicely.
When I started using one of the pens I thought it was wonderful – clear black lines and if felt awesome how it rolled on the paper. But, after a while the nib started to get loose! And that means it’s super difficult to draw clear lines.
First of all it was difficult to start drawing/writing because the nib would move once I put it on the paper. It was just a millimeter (as the nib got pushed into the ”nib holder”) but that can be enough to give the text or doodle a skewish look.
And when I ended a letter/text/doodle and lift the pen it would make a thin stroke as I lifted the pen. It was ever so slightly thin, but it was there and gave the text/design a bit of a messy look.
It took me a few days to realize that I easily could fix it… Every time I would use a pen I would place the cap on the end of the pen. And when I was finished I’d remove the cap and the very top of the pen would get loose. Just a tiny bit loose, but after a few usages of the pen it would get more and more loose. And that top part of the pen was what’s holding the ink in place. So by simply making sure to ”screw” that into place the pen would work perfectly again.
I don’t know if you see all those small strokes in the text, but I do. I was really happy when I realized how I could fix it, otherwise I would have a bunch of gel pens that I wouldn’t want to use. No fun at all for a #plannernerd :)
I didn’t do much research before we left for Lisbon. We’d booked a guide with withLocals for our second day so I knew we would get all the info we needed when we met her.
So my planning page didn’t require much space. I only added info on the flight, hotel and transport. Plus the suggestions I’d gotten from friends and colleagues on what to eat and see in Lisbon.
I added the ”to buy” section as I’ve been looking for a new leather bag for a while, and thought it’d be neat if I could find one in Lisbon. I’ve always loved to be able to buy something I’ll use when I get back home, as a reminder of the places I’ve been. I never did find one, but I did get some pretty key-holders in cork. One for me, and one as a surprise gift for a dear friend.
I know many bullet journalists keep their packaging list in their bujo. When I was doing some research for this blog post I found a super smart way to do just that. But I’d already set up my packaging list in Process Street and love it! It’s actually created to keep track of processes but it works perfect for package lists as well. It’s super easy to run a new package list from a template.
As for the travel journal notes, I only did a sparse version on this trip. I kept it short and sweet.
Oh, and as a side note. If you ever go to visit Lisbon I would highly recommend going to the restaurant Sommelier. The best food I’ve had in a long time plus the service was outstanding. A must visit!