My Notebook

by brokenrecordbaby

Along with this blog I have just started a fresh notebook just for my trip. It’s for travel story ideas, travel writing tips, notes, thoughts. I’ll give you a bit of an insight everyday what I’ve been jotting down. So far, travel writer David Miller (editor of Matador Notebooks and one of my travel writing “teachers”) has been very prominent in my notebook as he has loads of travel writing guides on Matador.

I nearly jotted down everything from this article which names 30 Skills for Writers. It talks about properly using quotes, not making fallacious arguments (this article forced me to look up fallacious. It’s a sexy sounding word meaning “a mistaken belief based on unsound argument”), constructing multi-level descriptions and scenes. The best thing about it, is that it links to other articles Miller (and others) wrote about being a better travel writer. I couldn’t stop taking notes…it took me from one great, useful article to the next.



by brokenrecordbaby

I always need the music on. This is what I’m listening to while I am planning away:

Brookyln’s Twin Shadow

Kings of Leon’s new album. I’ve been forcing myself to get really into it. Hasn’t happened just yet

Tame Impala whom I discovered from Rough Trade’s Album of the Year list

Wolf Parade (they aren’t on Spotify so I’ve had to whack the old itunes out)

Surfer Blood. I won’t surf in Australia but I can still listen to surf songs. The shark on their cover is a bit daunting though. I don’t approve.

The Itinerary

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March 6th: London – Tokyo

March 17th: Tokyo – Brisbane via Sydney

May 2nd: Sydney – Bangkok

July 5th: Bangkok – London

I might have to leave Australia earlier now as I don’t know that I can afford it for 6 weeks. I guess I’ll figure that out once I’m there? I need to check with my travel agent the exact procedure of changing flights around. Appaz it’s free.

Eleven and Half Weeks…

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After having been sick in bed for a week not being able to earn dollar I am getting a wee bit antsy about my upcoming trip. Will I have enough time to make enough money? Will I have time to plan the trip? Educate myself about the places I am going to? What are those places anyway? So, I checked my calendar and was relieved to see that I have nearly 3 more months as opposed to the expected 2 and a half (hey, that is a huuuuuuuge difference) I am on antibiotics (suuuuurprise) and am just about healthy enough to sit upright and use my brain a little though it is still full of white noise and thick, gooey yellow flem. I need to start planning this baby and my blog will be a reflection of that ‘cos after all…the trip starts as soon as you book.

My picture of inspiration today: Cambodia, National Geographic