About this project
Imagine embarking on an epic adventure...Using our Cycling Travel Journal to help you capture and record all your incredible memories
So much more than just a travel journal, it is also a sketch book, space to store your mementos and a place to plan the details of your trip. Turning your dreams into reality.
After taking the plunge, quitting her job and cycling more than 20,000 kms from London to Japan; Claire spent eighteen months in the saddle. Now she is using this experience to create a cycling-specific journal designed and organised to help you quickly, and creatively capture your own adventures allowing you to tell your own story.
In addition to the simple, yet functional layout, the journal is bursting with beautiful illustrations inspired by Claire's trip; And when purchasing the journal you need not worry about compromising on your principles, as the journal has been sustainably and ethically produced - phew!
- Pages for writing and sketching
- Beautiful illustrations inspired by Claire’s trip
- A world map to document where you have been or intend to cycle
- A little guide for how to draw your own personal map
- Motivational quotes to get you through those bad days
- Hearty, easy-to-make recipes
- Touring tips inspired by lessons we have both learned!
- Space for contact details of your newly-made friends
- Envelopes to store mementos like ticket stubs or postcards
- Eco-friendly rubber band to hold your journal together
Both of us are avid cyclists with a strong love for nature. Therefore, it was very important that we create a journal that is as environmentally friendly and ethically produced as possible.
- Printed on 100% recycled paper
- Using biodegradable ink
- Printed with renewable energy
- 100% natural and fair trade rubber band
- Printed by a London Worker Co-operative
We are proud to say that the journal was conceived, designed and printed in East London, minimising the carbon footprint.
Where your backing goes?
The trip that inspired the journal
Claire and her Canadian partner André left London in June 2014 and completed their trip in December 2015 after cycling over 20,000 kms, through 24 different countries for eighteen months. Traversing wildly varying environments from the deserts of Oman to the mountains of Nepal, and the jungles of Burma, it wasn’t always a smooth road. Most nights were spent wild camping to keep the costs down and Claire managed a total of only two punctures over the entire trip!
“I wanted to capture the details of the journey before they faded from memory, the eccentric and wonderful people, the delicious food, the strange places I slept, and how I felt whilst pedalling day after day."
Travelling by bicycle is a very different experience from any other sort of travel. There is far more interaction with people as the barrier between you and the outside world is non-existent - unlike motorised transport. Everything is slowed down, giving you time to absorb what is going on around you, and most importantly, you are leaving no dirty mark on the world!
At a time when the digital era has sped everything up; this cycling travel journal encourages the opposite, a chance to reflect on life at a slower pace.
Ania was the artist who drew the ‘Grand Map of London’ a contemporary map made in a historical style which took more than three years to produce. It was hailed by The Guardian as ‘One of the 10 best hand-drawn maps’. This past success provided Ania with invaluable experience to contribute to the journal's design and publishing process.
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Risks and challenges
The risks and challenges of printing the journal are minimal. We are using a reputable printer based down the road from where we live in East London, which means we can pop in all the time to see how the project is progressing. We have already built up a good rapport with the staff and they share our excitement about the project!
Our aim is for the printing of the Cycling Travel Journal to be completed in time for Christmas. For all you folks living in the UK we are confident this can be achieved. However, we cannot guarantee international shipping times especially around such a busy time of year. You can trust that we will do our upmost to get all the journals delivered on time, even if that means working through the night to pack and ship them if needs be.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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