For those of you who frequent coffee shops and cafés you will know that this is the time of the year where you start rushing to collect all your stickers and stamps so you can get your favorite coffee shop planner or journal. Some of you are not even going to use it. For most of the people, this is just another collectible to store along with the other objects of collections. I, particularly, started joining on this huge craze when I finally had my Starbucks card.
Not another planner
For those of you looking for a planner I suggest you go on for your search for a planner because what I’m going to be writing about is NOT A PLANNER. Let me point this out plain and simple: THIS IS A TRAVEL JOURNAL for 2015. This means this is a journal that is designed to meet the needs of someone who is constantly travelling and is looking for a physical medium to chronicle one’s epic adventure.
So now that we’ve cleared that out let’s continue.
You don’t need to collect Stamps or stickers
As opposed to the coffee-café-planner craze, this Bo’s Origins: Travel Journal does not in fact need any stamps and stickers to get it. We’re going all classical way of acquiring a brand-new journey here.. No we’re not doing barter-trade system (although Bo’s Coffee you might like to consider that for, you know, for the fun of the good old times).
All you need is a thousand pesos (Php 1,000). That’s right. With 1000.00php you can get your own Travel Journal. No need for drowning yourself in coffee or milk tea or any product. Just pull out some cash and then you’ll have this proudly Pinoy journal!
Is it worth it?
For the practical shopper it might be a bit too pricey for just another journal. BUT WAIT! There’s more! (there always is, isnt there?) This isn’t JUST a journal.
Top 10 reasons why you should get the Bo’s Coffee Travel Journal
- Leather Cover – okay I know we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but HECK, the beautiful Anthill fabrics featuring Filipino designs, covering the spine, and the leather finish with just perfect stiches. This book, you can judge by its cover!
- Blank Pages – blank pages, blank pages everywhere! As a creative I can’t stand lines. I don’t mind lines for my lecture notes but for my ideas? Memories? Thoughts? NO ONE should tell me where and how to write. This is perfect for the writer who wants to be free of linear dictations.
- Cool illustrations – kinda small of a reason but I’m fascinated at how these illustrations were nicely done and I found it cool that these were elements that connected with me: a camera, a bird.. And many more! It did not hog the entire journal. They were occasionally placed here and there.
- Personalization forms – because this IS a travel journal, expect something like a “Passport” page where you fill up your details and also a bag tag in the first page to add your personal information. Small detail but I found this really cool and it felt like it mattered a lot to me.
- Traveler’s Checklist – at the near-end part of this travel journal is a travel checklist guide. I personally have one for myself but I have it on my Google Drive. I think this physical copy compiled by professional travel bloggers would make a very helpful one.
- Because Brown – Color matters to me. For some reason I’ve been having this unexplainable pull towards brown. Anyway, this color can be either formal or casual. So bringing this travel journal won’t feel off with anyone who is in a formal get-up or a casual on-the-go attire. Heck, carrying this journal would be an awesome fashion accessory of a sort
- Social Enterprise Coupons – So we have some social enterprises around the country, proudly local, who decided those who carried these journals deserved a discount. Support these businesses who wish to earn money while helping people in the process! I’m particularly looking at them Bambike Tours (bamboo bike) in Intramuros! Some really good deals here people!
- Once Upon a Coffee – Know where your proudly Filipino Coffee comes from. You have some of the finest travellers in the Philippines sharing an article or two in the journal. Reading through them will pique the interest of coffee-lovers and travel-junkies. Who knows they (the coffee origins) could be your next travel destination.
- Travel Blogger Spirit – given that photos and articles were shared in this journal, you can expect that some of the finest talents in the Travel community in the Philippines have imbibed a material manifestation of their talents in your copy of the journal. Hopefully this small reminder of their spirit of travel can inspire you to travel more as well
The #YourHomeGrownBrew Challenge
– Okay okay let me just rave about this one in particular. THIS IS AWESOME! There’s a travel challenge in the journal that will allow you to win either 365 days of Coffee (Bo’s All access pass) for completing all 12 of them, or 1500php GC for completing at least 6 of them. I just checked all 12 places and at least 10 of them I visit almost every year! I got really pumped up and excited for this challenge! It’s like an amazing race for coffee lovers 😀 Now THERE’S a challenge I want to complete.
So I think I can either rave on about how wonderful this travel journal is, but for now I’m gonna leave you with this thought:
To Know yourself, know the world!
Travel not to run away, but to run towards.
Run towards life, possibilities, truth, adventure, opportunity, and most importantly towards love.