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It’s Here! The 2010 Izuno Travel Journal Review

February 21st, 2010 by Jordan

2010 Izuno Travel Journal review

So after two years and numerous comments (that I still get) I have revamped the Travel Journal Review for 2010.  This has been one of my most popular posts, so I sat down and completed the task.  There are a total of 26 online travel journal/travel blog sites that I evaluated and ranked in my favorite order.  Based on numerous categories hopefully this will help you decide which online journal you wish to use for yourself.  Be assured I do not claim that this is 100% accurate or perfect.  I spent 8 days registering, evaluating, and ranking these sites, and everything was starting to look like the same toward the end.  Nevertheless, in order to be as accurate as possible, if you feel something is entirely wrong just send me an email (info@izunodesign.com).  You can read more about the sites and ranking by clicking on the salmon colored “i” circle.

Click here for the 2010 Izuno Travel Journal Review

Izuno Ranking (please note this is just my personal opinion…nothing more)

1. TravellersPoint.com (very powerful, do everything and more with this site, great travel content)
2. MapVivo.com (very cool mapping)
3. TravelPod.com (great usability)
4. OffExploring.com (I found very fun)
5. TravBuddy.com (great social network for meeting other travelers)
6. GoAbroad.net
7. FuzzyTravel.com
8. RealTravel.com
9. MyLifeOfTravel.com
10. Blogs.StaTravel.com
11. HostelWorld.com
12. Traveloblog.com
13. TripnTale.com
14. TravelJournal.net
15. GetJealous.com
16. TravelJournals.net
17. NomadicJournals.com
18. MyTripJournal.com
19. TravelBlog.org
20. TripDiary.com
21. CheckOutMyTrip.com
22. BootsnAll.com
23. TripsLog.com
24. TravelBlogr.com
25. FootStops.com
26. TravelPost.com

Click here for the original 2008 Travel Journal Review (now outdated of course).

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New Moleskine Website

March 24th, 2009 by Jordan

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Just a quick update to let everyone know about the relaunch of Moleskine.com.  The big new feature apparently is an application called MSK.  Once you create an account and login, you can write in dates, information or upload a picture, select which size Moleskine you have and print your page (in .pdf) for direct insertion into your Moleskine journal.  Am I missing something?  I hope so, because if that’s the “cool” new feature…well…that’s a touch weak.  Nevertheless, worth a look.

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Quo Vadis Journals

March 14th, 2009 by Jordan

More trendy travel journals. I’ve never heard of Quo Vadis Journals before, but they do look cool. Not overpriced and available in numerous formats, styles, and paper selections. Of course they remind me of Moleskine journals… by the way they are bound, stylish and both have cool names.

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Selecting an Online Travel Journal or Blog

February 11th, 2008 by Jordan

Travel Journal Blog

This one took a while to compile, but I am pleased with the results. If you are having trouble deciding which online travel journal or travel blog to use, then look no farther. This one of a kind comparison chart will help you make your decision. We are always adding to it, so before backpacking and travelling, get yourself an online travel journal and find out which one you should use right here.

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HostelWorld.com Travel Journal

February 4th, 2008 by Jordan

hostel world logo

Most people don’t realize hostelworld.com has an option for backpackers to add a travel jounral. While hostelworld.com is pretty much the site to book hostels with. I can’t say it’s the site to start a travel journal. Not as powerful as most, and no option for uploading videos. They do not assign an easy access URL, but instead have a member id that you pretty much have to create a link to gain access. It’s different than most as this is the only one that has an option to be the only one to see it. The also let you set it as private or by invite only. If you book a hostel through hostelworld.com it automatically updates the map which is a unique feature.

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FuzzyTravel.com Travel Journal

February 2nd, 2008 by Jordan

fuzzy travel journal

FuzzyTravel.com is good, solid travel journal site. The design is attractive, and gives you three options to choose from, and the site is one of the easiest for uploading and posting information. They offer unlimited photo and video updating, but don’t use Firefox as they use videoegg for uploading videos, which does not support Firefox. Nothing too complicated about the site is what your want in a travel journal. I like how they focus on just one thing….the travelogues. There is one section with a link to resources, but that is it. It is a free service with no option to go to a paid or premier account. That is good, it just means you are going to get Google Ads on your blog.

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MyTripJournal.com Travel Journal

February 1st, 2008 by Jordan

my trip journal

Mytripjournal.com is a disapointment for the travel community. The prices are ridiculous if you want a paid service, and their unique special IntelliMap system is a joke. I tried 5 minutes to try to get it to view a map or close up of Greece, and could not figure it out. The design is not great, and there were too many bugs and errors in their code. Plus, anytime you have trouble figuring out how to access the control panel, that is a red flag. That should be a no-brainer. One more thing that I though was a bit hack was the rating system they put on each individual journal. 1-5 stars, and anybody can rate it. They say it is to more or less differentiate good information from bad, but I know I don’t want somebody judging my journal entries online, I don’t really care about grammar and quality content when it is between friends/family.

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TravelJournal.net

January 31st, 2008 by Jordan

travel journal.net

Overall, traveljournals.net was not that great. I was frustrated with having to name or provide a description of my photo and then attach them to a journal entry location. They have no option for video, and no advanced features or applications. If I had to say one positive aspect of the site, it would definitely be the pictures. They do focus a lot of attention on providing quality photographs from around the globe.

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TravellersPoint.com

January 30th, 2008 by Jordan

travellers point logo

At first I was thinking this was going to be a bad option.  Their site, travellerspoint.com at first glance appeared cold and unwelcoming.  Advertisements and all sorts of different links.  Basically, this site is more than just a travel journal site.  They attempt to do just about everything related to travel in fact.  Travel forums, travel helpers, travel advice, travel destinations etc.  But once you spend some time on the site and learning your blog/diary, you realize it is a very powerful site that can do most everything other travel journal sites can do and more.

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TravelPod.com

January 29th, 2008 by Jordan

travelpod

One of the more popular travel journal sites in my opinion is travelpod.com. For having advertisements, this is a great site to use. It’s simple, easy to access, and not cluttered to much, but still provides you with everything you need. Plus, it is one of the few that offers unlimited photo and video updating for free. The network that you join is large and the options to add and share the information on social network sites such as Facebook and MySpace are good. One last good thing is the option to collect donations to fund your trip.

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