If you're looking for delightfully illustrated journals that scream Adventure, you can't go wrong with Kate Pocrass's collection. I have three in my own collection and I find them super inspiring. Let's take a closer look...
En Route: A Journal
This is the most straight-forward journal of the trio. The first few pages are for making various lists (things to research, things to check out) which is very handy, but the rest of the pages are wonderfully blank so you can jot down any and all thoughts in whatever way you choose. And by blank I mean void of instruction, not that they are empty white pages. In fact every page is unique and colorful, with illustrations ranging from vintage cameras on orange backgrounds to Japanese mochi to luggage tags. One page might feature a dozen pale blue lines to write on, while another might be filled with flowers from around the world. The only problem, as with all of Kate's journals, is that you might not want to write in them because they're so darn cute!
I Was Here: A Travel Journal for the Curious Minded
If you love to travel and want a journal with a little bit more in the way of guidance, this is great option. In the front you will find places for contact information, lists, recommendations from friends, etc. Then the journal gets more personal as it urges you to have adventures. You are encouraged to read the local weekly paper at your destination, to take pictures of trees that look like vegetables, and draw your own maps. Some pages give you the opportunity to record specific details on specific days and some provide useful information like conversion charts. Taking a journal like this on a trip will ensure that you do not have a typical vacation experience!
Side Walks: A Journal for Exploring Your City
We're now 3 for 3 in the charming illustrations department. Seriously, guys. Kate's style is so fun you can't wait to see all the pages when you pick up one of her journals. While I Was Here focuses in trips, Side Walks focuses more on the staycation or Backyard Adventure. Kate suggests sitting and observing (complete with drawings of benches, bus stops, and stoops) and observing and recording what you see. Look for letters, look for certain colors, look for all of those little details you might not notice in your every day hustle and bustle. Try a new restaurant, walk down a different street, follow a stranger. In general just keep your eyes open and shake up the old routine.
All of Kate's journals are available on Amazon and you can get a great feel for her art on her website, www.katepocrass.com
"Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, the sooner we will be able to treat life as art."