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    This Notebook Will Get Your Life Together Better Than Your Phone Can

    Honestly, I don't know how I made it this long without one.

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    Greetings! I'm a #millennial who refuses to get with the times and plan her life through her phone, so I use a traveler's notebook because it can do and be ANYTHING.

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    It can be a regular journal! A bullet journal! A grid book! A doodle pad! All of those things or none of those things at the same time! Honestly, the possibilities are endless and I don't know how I made it so long without one.

    Meet my traveler's notebook and my literal life partner/assistant, Marceline.

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    God, she's beautiful. Anyway, before Marceline came into my life I used to lug around four or five notebooks, because I'm an avid writer who likes to compartmentalize my life. I had a journal for day-to-day writing, a notebook for brainstorming and fiction writing, another notebook for work stuff, a sketch pad for doodling, and a planner for, well, trying to get my life together.



    Enter: the traveler's notebook, great for anyone struggling to find a one-size-fits-all planning or organization system.

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    When it comes to traveler's notebooks, there are no rules, only suggestions. So you have a lot of freedom to make it work for you.

    But let's back up for a second. What exactly is a traveler's notebook?

    *cracks knuckles* Have a seat while I impart the gospel upon ye.

    On its own, a traveler's notebook is just a cover like the one below. It has elastic bands that can hold the notebooks of your choosing, and sometimes it comes with pockets and a pen holder.

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    The pockets are really handy if you're a journaler who likes to keep stencils and stickers on hand, or if you're a human who likes to carry snacks always.

    But the *magic* happens once you start to mix and match inserts (the thin notebooks that slide into your journal), like these bad boys, to create the all-purpose journal of your dreams.

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    Is it starting to make sense now? You can combine different types of notebooks as you see fit to suit your particular lifestyle. So if that means a lined notebook for day-to-day journaling, a dot-grid notebook for your planner, a graph-paper notebook for habit tracking, and maybe even an unlined notebook for some de-stressing doodling...go for it! You can also get a mixed set if you want to sample a few at once.

    There are also options for pre-designed daily, weekly, and monthly planners if bullet journaling isn't really ~your thing~.

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    And don't stress too much about finding the right size. It's up to you how large or small you want your journal to be, and since the sizes are pretty standard, you'll be able to find inserts that work for you. Just make sure you double-check the size before you order!

    Also, they're really easy to assemble. You can either slide the elastics into the center of your notebooks, or...

    Anjali Patel / BuzzFeed can join notebooks together using Midori bands (or rubber bands in my case) and slide elastics in between them to add even more inserts to your notebook.

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    I used a rubber band because I'm a penny-pinchin' lady who lives life on the edge, but a lot of travel journalers recommend the official Midori bands because they last much longer and are less likely to snap on you. Also, they're only $5.60 on Amazon!

    This can free up some of your elastics for really fun stuff, like wallet inserts, pouches and zippers, and even a cute mini folder.

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    \(★ω★)/ So much more room for sticker sheets! There are tons of ways to arrange your notebook, and you can fall deep into a YouTube hole if you want some in-depth tutorials and inspiration.

    I got my journal from CadenetaNotebooks on Etsy. They're a great option if you want lots of colors and sizes to choose from. Depending on the journal, they'll also work with you to do some ~customization~.

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    (For example, I asked for four elastics instead of just one because I'm a little extra. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯)

    You can also get this Traveler's Notebook bundle from Amazon for $25.97. It's made of ~real~ leather and includes three notebooks, a pen, a card holder, and a zipper insert — basically everything you need to get started.

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    OK, happy journaling!

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