Moleskine Voyageur Lets You Share Your Memories

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I was recently invited to review the Moleskine Voyageur. I was not financially compensated for this review. The opinions shared are my own based on the experience I had. 

Everybody knows Moleskine and most people love to use their notebooks for writing journals or sketches. But I have to admit that I don’t keep a journal when traveling. Most people who know me know that I capture a lot of my travels on social media. When I saw the new Moleskine Voyageur and learned there was a social component I was intrigued.

Moleskin Voyageur

Moleskin Voyageur

 

The Moleskine Voyageur is much the same as some of the other Moleskin notebooks but this one has many additional features that make it a perfect traveling companion. Here are a few of the nifty highlights of the Voyageur:

  • Canvas cover holds up well during travel, but doesn’t add much additional weight
  • Perfect size to fit easily into your backpack or purse
  • Handy back pocket to keep important documents, receipts, etc.
  • The back of the paperband is an I AM HERE sign that is great to use for selfies
  • Detachable checklists, packing lists and to do lists
  • World map with time zones
  • Stickers to highlight items throughout your journal
Moleskin Voyageur Accessories

Moleskine Voyageur Accessories

 

You can take the “I Am Here” band selfie, add it to the Moleskine Around The World Flickr group and use the #m_iamhere hashtag to track other Voyaeur users.

Adventures In Cuba

Adventures In Cuba

 

I have to admit that it was fun to get my selfie taken by someone else, which might not technically make it a selfie but does help start a great conversation.  Another unique feature is that you can print out itineraries and content from anywhere in the exact Voyageur dimensions using the MSK2 online tools. You can paste them in the journal or stick them in the back pocket.

No matter where you are, there you are.

No matter where you are, there you are.

 

This picture was taken after about 12 hours stuck in the Havana airport – but that’s a whole other story! I have to admit that although I’m a travel writer, I hardly ever actually physically “write.” While I was in Cuba I was reading quite a bit about Ernest Hemingway and I thought it was interesting that in his early years Hemingway wrote in longhand. In this age of technology, that’s almost unheard of. What’s more, people’s penmanship is horrible. Schools are wondering if they should even teach “handwriting” anymore. Hemingway also wrote standing up at his typewriter, lending authority to the belief that the new new thing – stand-up desks – have actually been around quite a long time.

We had the opportunity to tour Hemingway’s house in San Francisco de Paula and it was definitely a highlight of my visit to Cuba.

Pilar

The infamous Hemingway fishing boat the Pilar

 

Regardless of current fads and fashions, I have to admit that I rather liked actually writing down my thoughts on paper. Cuba is an amazing country and it was impossible to capture everything with photos. Also, since the Internet was unavailable, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter posts, which are the easy way to share quick bites, were not an option.

Hemmingways Office Outside Havana

Hemingway’s office in the Havana suburb of San Francisco de Paula

 

I enjoyed writing my thoughts down and made it a ritual at the end of every day. Remembering all the faces, tastes and experiences made me go back and examine how I felt as opposed to what I expected, an interesting comparison. I also took notes throughout the day to jog my memory when I would later write more detailed stories. I know a lot of people now take notes on their tablets or phones and I do too. But writing notes down by hand seemed to give them more importance and they stuck in my brain.

In this fast-paced, sometimes stressful world it seemed like a nice reward to take the time to write down my thoughts, draw a few sketches (sometimes I completely forget that I was an art major in college! How is that possible?) and then return to them later and relive the experience all over again.

Next month I’ll be using the journal on my trip to Nevis, another island that I’m sure will be an unique experience. Be sure to check out the Moleskine Voyageur and all it’s features at Moleskine.com. You might just rediscover how much you love writing.

THE QUICK BITE: If you’re looking for a way to capture your travel memories both in writing and electronically you should check out the new Moleskine Voyageur. You can write, sketch and share your travels with the Moleskine Voyageur travel community.

 

14 Responses to Moleskine Voyageur Lets You Share Your Memories

  1. Michelle Reply

    October 11, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    I often think that I should write a few thoughts – just a sentence or two everyday about anything. I’m quite sure that t would make my blogging experience so much easier! Something about schools no longer teaching handwriting makes me sad. I love having my “selfes” taken by someone else as I find manipulating my camera cumbersome.

  2. Tim & Nat ✈ (@acooknotmad) Reply

    October 10, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    I always have a notebook with me. Hand writing is so important and soon to be a lost art for sure.

  3. I enjoy the physical act of setting pen to paper even for something as mundane as a list and I used to love opening up a fresh, white notebook for the first time. However, the allure of a computer and keyboard that allows you to skip here and there, deletes, corrects, etc. has pretty much broken me of the habit of any longhand writing. Rather sad… Anita

  4. MoreTimeToTravel (@MoreTime2Travel) Reply

    October 10, 2014 at 12:31 am

    Looks like a great tool for travel writers!

  5. Suzanne Fluhr Reply

    October 9, 2014 at 1:13 am

    I used to love handwriting letters on my travels. (As a child, we lived in both England and Mexico). People would save my letters and return them to me to keep as a sort of journal. I used to actually enjoy the physical act of writing. I would probably have loved your moleskin journal. Now, I find I’m kind of addicted to the speed of keyboarding. I did prompt a debate about whether we should even teach cursive anymore. I don’t know your policy on sharing links in comments, but in case you don’t mind, here’s the link to that post. Feel free to edit it out if you prefer. http://www.boomeresque.com/to-write-or-not-to-write-that-is-the-question/

  6. Linda ~ Journey Jottings Reply

    October 8, 2014 at 7:07 am

    As anyone who knows me – I’m all for handwritten notes and doodles – The act of physically forming the letters definitely helps to lock the memory in deeper, so I loved your review 🙂

  7. Carole Terwilliger Meyers Reply

    October 7, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    I like the basic Moleskin. I always take notes in longhand when I travel, and I find the process of putting them into my computer when I return helps me write a good story.

  8. travelwithmarilyn Reply

    October 7, 2014 at 12:02 am

    There’s a lot to be said for writing down our thoughts…it’s refreshing to read about an “old school” product!

  9. The GypsyNesters Reply

    October 6, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    You are so right about writing by hand. We almost never do anymore, kind of cool to have some inspiration to do it.

  10. betsywuebker Reply

    October 6, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    I’d seen this product and was intrigued, so thank you for explaining how it works. You’re right, the act of hand writing our work is threatened, but can give such a different and intimate dimension. I did keep a journal on my first overseas trip, and it was fun to read the details which have been lost from my memory after more than 40 years. Loved seeing Hemingway’s office; how could one not be inspired in that beautiful space?

  11. suereddel

    suereddel Reply

    October 6, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    12 hours in Havana – that’s a whole other post! 😀

  12. suzannestavert Reply

    October 6, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    I love the idea of this product – thank you for your review! I have always wanted to go to Cuba. Seeing Hemingway’s office would be really interesting!

  13. Elaine Masters Reply

    October 6, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    I never leave the house or the airport without a little notebook with me. The Moleskin Voyager sounds like a great travel companion and the community aspect too. Nice post!

  14. Leigh McAdam (@hikebiketravel) Reply

    October 6, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    I have a number of cheap journals on the go but I love the thought of using just one very nice one to collect the stories from my travels. Twelve hours stuck in a Havana airport does not sound the least bit fun.

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