Win A Lonely Planet Travel Journal!

This year has been good to me. The first minutes of 2007 found me here in Melbourne, atop a bridge with the whole neighborhood, looking out to the city where the fireworks are. Though I never got to travel anywhere else this year, I was able to travel around Australia. I joined in the revelry at the Sydney Mardi Gras, and felt the fine white sand of the Gold Coast under my feet. It was here in Australia that I got to experience my first hot air balloon ride, the most perfect birthday gift.

Life was great in Manila as well. Though the devaluation of the dollar left me with income smaller than what I received two years ago, in spite of a pay raise, I managed to enjoy the six months I spent in Manila in between trips. The most notable events would be the number of blogging events I was able to attend. From French cooking classes to Chinese acrobats, indulging in cookies and having fun with the Clique booth; it was great to meet the people behind the blogs I religiously read.

I feel so blessed this 2007, and it’s time I share some of my blessings. No, I’m not giving out free trips :P What I’m giving out is something you can use when you go on your trip: a Lonely Planet Travel Journal. Writing with pen and paper isn’t dead. For most, the writing become more personal and insightful. What better way to jot down your musing while sunbathing at the beach or when the only bus of the day left you stranded in the most decrepit bus terminal in the world?


The Lonely Planet travel journal is not just a glorified notebook. The first page is for your personal information. This is specially handy for remembering your passport number, travel insurance number or your camera’s serial number. If you lose the journal, whoever found out would know how to return it to you, or if you have an accident *knock on wood* your rescuers would know your blood type, allergies and who to contact in case of emergency.

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The following pages are for listing your travel schedule. It has spaces for flight details, including flight number, departure and arrival times. The next page is for addresses where you can jot down the addresses of people you’re sending postcards to, of people who’s hosting you, or of that cute guy you met last night.

The journal proper looks like a regular notebook. Certain pages however, have snippets about countries and cities around the world. Near the back is a map of the world, with a close-up map of the continents. There’s also a listing of essential websites for travelers (according to Lonely Planet, anyway). The section that would be most useful for travelers though, are the conversion charts. There’s a ruler in inches and centimeters at the edge of one page, and a clothing conversion chart for men and women. There’s also a simple guide on how to convert from Celcius to Fahrenheit, and imperial to metric measurements. At the last page, a handy decoder thingie for converting time between countries.

So how do you win this very nice travel journal? Simple, just by writing about your favorite, unforgettable travel memory. It can be a trip you took this year or several years ago. Relive the moment and write what made it special and memorable. Post the entry on your blog, and post the URL in the comment box so I can check it out. Not a blogger? E-mail me your story or post it in the comment box. The best entry wins the travel journal, of course :) Entries will be judged by the evil martian (me) and two other evil creatures. We’re nice people, really. Deadline for submission is December 20, 2007. Winner will be announced on Christmas Day, December 25th.

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The fine print: Contest is open only to Philippine residents. Only one entry per person is required, linking back to the contest page is greatly appreciated. The Lonely Planet travel journal will be shipped to the winner via courier (either LBC or Air21), either on the 28th or the 29th.

Article by Nina Fuentes

Nina doesn't aim to travel to every country in the world -- she just wants to travel to the places that means the most to her. She started traveling in 2006, and hopes to travel for as long as she can. Her travel blog, Just Wandering won the Best Travel Blog in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards and in the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

This Article Has 11 Comments
  1. shubert says:

    you have a very interesting blog. i clicked because the prize reminded of ian wright and the discovery channel’s lonely planet series which is a big favorite of mine. i hope they bring it back.

    i have several travel articles but since you require only 1 entry, i am sending you my reflections of nagoya when i was there last year. here’s the link:

    i am also adding you to my links. i will greatly appreciate if you do the same.


    shubert :-D

  2. Karla says:

    My unforgettable trip was in Hainan, China. Before even going there for a business trip, I searched the internet for places to visit in Hainan that are near to the hotel where I was booked. One of which is Butterfly park where I enjoyed bonding with nature and photography. :) It was also so memorable because of the cultural experience that I had there like doing some sort of “charades” in order to be understood since most of them do not speak English.

  3. Tiffany says:

    Eep! Nice contest, Nina! But I’m not that much of a traveler xD Hic.

  4. dyosa says:

    oooh interesting. i love travelling and i’m actually keeping a journal/scrapbook of some sort for all my travels. i love to have this notebook. hmmm…time to think of a good entry. :-)

  5. estan says:

    Nina, nice new look and your contest is interesting. Hmmm, I’m thinking if I’ll join or not. Gota check my or other blogs for this.

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  8. estan says:

    Hi Nina, I’ve already posted my entry. Please find it at the link:

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  11. luningning says:

    Hello! I hope I win the journal.. >_<

    Anyway, my unforgettable trip was in Hawaii. I was there last August to take an exam. What made it memorable was the people. Very warm and friendly. A couple of notable things were…

    I got to go to the famous Waikiki Beach (which was just across my hotel) I even went to the place where they shot 50 First Dates.

    They have shrimp shacks, it was $12 a plate but very well worth it.

    I also went to the island of Kauai, very very nice and quiet place.

    I love how Hawaiians balance urbanizing their island against protecting the environment. I saw a couple of housing facilities that already have solar panels. I was told that these were military housing. Everything is going green nowadays which is a good thing. I want to take the LEED exam someday. ( to better design structures that minimize the effect of development on the environment) There should always be a balance between development and loving the environment. That’s one of the reasons why I took and passed my CFM exam (certified flood manager) This is a program geared towards flood mitigation and management.

    I am a certified manga addict. I own over 600 volumes of English Manga. That’s why when i went to hawaii, i bought around 40 volumes of used manga from Jelly’s. This is the best place to go for manga. The manga looks new and are mostly $2-$5 each.

    I can site a lot more reasons. A hundred and one,even.

    Writing this has made me miss Hawaii. I hope I can go back there next year for our annual convention.

    I will always love Hawaii! ^_^

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