Journal

Although I do not travel much, as I Journalism major I do know one thing – keep a journal (and of course a blog too)! It does seem like a lot to keep a blog and a journal but I will reserve all emotions for my journal, and my exciting adventures, pictures, food etc. with my blog followers 🙂

I’m obsessed with the journal I got at Barnes & Noble. They have a huge selection and I really spent a lot of time looking for the right one. I’m always picky when it comes to school planners, notebooks and those types of things. I thought at first to go with a small leather European looking notebook, then maybe one with inspirational quotes, but when I saw this one I fell in love with it!

My journal made by Galison

My journal made by Galison

It has a ton of world maps inside, along with both monthly and weekly planners, a space to write and then tons of blank pages for drawings. There’s also a little pocket in the back to keep some scraps of things found! It’s small and cute and will fit right in my satchel.

I bought this journal at B&N for $14.99 but you can also order it online from the Galison website here.

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Starting to Pack

It’s four days before I leave for Florence and I just started to pack! Of course, I had to start by thoroughly cleaning my room, which resulted in the resurfacing of my favorite pair of jeans from high school (and they still fit!). Not only did I find some jeans, but also 2 cardigans which will come in very handy since I’ve read a lot about layering in Europe! Considering I haven’t even left yet, I’m not sure how well I packed, but figured I’d post the links to some blogs and advice I found online about packing.

http://herpackinglist.com/2011/08/ultimate-packing-list-italy/

http://www.walksofitaly.com/blog/travel-tips/what-to-pack-for-trip-to-italy

http://blog.bus2alps.com/2013/01/09/what-to-pack-firenze-style/ <– I would definitely recommend reading all the other posts this blog has. It really helped me get excited for the trip and about traveling to other countries! I read this for a few hours straight one day and was just totally taken away!

http://girlsguidetobackpackingeurope.blogspot.com

Also, don’t forget to check the average weather during your trip!!

http://www.worldweatheronline.com/Florence-weather-averages/Toscana/IT.aspx