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While digital tools allow us to capture footage of our travels like never before, there will always be something personal and immediate about drawing, writing, and collecting artifacts – ticket stubs, flyers, whatever it is – in our journals.

Matador publishes excerpts and scans from journals of artists and travelers around the world. Check them out below.

Reflecting on taking detailed notes while traveling.
Writer, photographer, and artist Candace Rardon opens up her sketch book.
After fifteen days' wandering I believe that if happiness can be learned, Laos must be...
A 3 week trip to the southwestern part of China, including Yunnan and Guangxi, with...
Irreverent doodles, scraps of narrative and sketches of the objects around me help me to...
"Cut lists for carpentry projects, telephone numbers, directions to surf spots, maps of...
I am now up to my 6th [journal] in around a year and a half.
#7. "'Song lyrics, plans for upright bass stand, idea for yard statue using discarded...
"It’s the last night at Keekorok. I’m not quite ready to leave Kenya."
Tony Robinson-Smith recently returned from a trip where he, his wife, and ten students...
"When in France do like the French do: pop open some wine and take it all in. . ."
"through the quiet and dark streets of callao toward the neon casinos and thoroughfares...
"Took a local bus into the Andes, west of Mendoza to Puente del Inca and Los Penitentes....
A new call for sketches, short bits of text, or journal entries in their original,...