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I recently got on the bullet journal train, and I’m hooked!

I love writing things down in a planner. The calendar in my phone isn’t quite my style. But my planner is bulky and I don’t always have it with me. When I think of an idea I want to remember, I usually type it in my phone or jot it down on a scratch piece of paper. As a result, I have plans, ideas, schedules, and shopping lists tucked away all over the place.

When I first started reading about bullet journaling, it sounded like an awesome way to consolidate my life into one place. Basically a bullet journal is a combination of a calendar, planner, notebook, and to-do list. I love having everything together in a simple and organized  book that stays with me, and I’ve explored my creative side as well. Some people have next-level cute bullet journals. Just search bullet journal on Pinterest and your mind will be blown!

I won’t go into a long elaborate post about how to start the perfect bullet journal because I’ve only been doing this a week and I’m absolutely no expert. The creator of bullet journaling, Ryder Carroll, explains it so much better on his site found here. If you don’t have a clue what bullet journaling is, definitely check out Ryder Carroll’s site at You can also find awesome bullet journal inspiration and examples at

Bullet Journal Pages for Travel

After creating my first few pages for calendars, schedules, daily logs, and healthy habits trackers, I decided to make my travel pages! The cool thing about a bullet journal is you can make pages for whatever you are interested in. These are the first few bullet journal pages for travel lovers.

See the World

On this page, I traced a world map. It was actually quite difficult… that is why some areas with lots of smaller countries close together look a little wacky. But I tried! When I visit a country, I plan to color it in and write a short description of my time there. Hopefully there will be many more colors very soon!

Trip-Specific Illustrations

How cool would it be to have an illustrated map of your awesome summer road trip or study abroad adventure? Well you can make one in your bullet journal! I made an attempt to illustrate my study abroad time in France, and this page is definitely a work in progress. It would be cool to add detailed descriptions or even pictures, scrapbook style.

Travel Bucket List

This is one of my favorite pages! Here, I can keep track of all the places I want to see.  When I actually see these places, there is space for me to say when I went, who I went with, and write a one sentence summary of the experience.

I am so excited to try this journal with travel plans in the future. This seems like an awesome way to map out trips taken, plan itineraries, budget for travel, and remember the finer details. I like that all of this information is now all in one place. In the past, I would have my regular journal with memories from the day, my trip plans saved in phone notes, my itinerary and logistics printed out from the internet shoved in a folder. Now I have it all handy and together in a little book that allows me to be as creative or organized as I want – and it fits in my bag! I have a record of the little moments, the plans, and the steps I took to get to the trips I dream about.

This bullet journal has only been with me a week, but I am so excited about the potential. I can’t wait to show you more as it develops!

Update: Here are my thoughts on bullet journaling after doing it for 3 months!

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Anne Draper · March 19, 2017 at 7:18 pm

Now I am jealous. I love notebooks and writing and organizing. However, I too have bits of paper here and there. this is a great idea and I will follow your example – staring now.

    Nic · March 19, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    I’m so excited for you to start!! Let me know how it goes 🙂

Anne Draper · March 19, 2017 at 7:19 pm

Starting now? not staring.

Julia · March 19, 2017 at 8:26 pm

I love this! The possibilities are endless! And your journal is adorable. 🙂

    Nic · March 21, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    Thank you!! There are so many awesome directions to go with it, I’ve practically filled my journal in a week haha 🙂

Erin · March 19, 2017 at 11:24 pm

I love this idea–I’ve missed having a lesson plan book since I’m not working now. This would do the trick nicely and keep everything on track! Thanks for sharing, now where are my colored pencils?!?!

    Nic · March 21, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    Thanks! My colored pencils are getting a work out too!

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