So I nearly always look forward to travelling, and as I now live in rural France, I do a fair amount of travelling back and forth to UK and around UK.
So you might recall the press release from a few weeks ago. Unfortunately at the time there wasn't any internal photographs of the Journey Travel Companion. Our friends at Ideas Network, the Filofax PR agency kindly sent me a sample to look at and review and try out.
Well my first impressions when I opened the package was 'It is different' It reminded me of a cowboys saddle with the big bags either side of the centre part! OK that is a terrible description. But I opened it up and instantly the romance of travel entered my mind and how I could use this for my travels in future.
Starting with the outside. Looking at the front as you can see there is a clasp of a generous width and thickness for holding everything securely closed. Also on the front there is an outer pocket which you could use for say your passport or boarding card.
On the front of the Travel Companion there is also a full height and width zip pocket in very soft contrasting leather.
|The 'front' view with outer pocket|
|The back view|
|Opened out although |
it will lay flatter than this
|Side view showing front pocket unzipped|
|The Journey and the Holborn from above|
|The Journey Travel Companion compared to a Holborn Compact|
|The Journey and the Holborn Compact from above|
|The Journey, Slimline, Compact|
|And the same again but from above|
Now in use, I decided to populate the Travel Companion with the things that I will typically carry on a journey; cards and documents that I need to hand whilst going through airports and travelling on trains etc. Obviously it's not intended to be your main organiser, so the Travel Companion doesn't include any form of diary, it will come with Cotton Cream ruled paper though. I will use these pages for essential details like directions to hotels, directions, phone numbers etc.
Starting at the front, I have put in my British passport in the front outer pocket. Inside I divided my cards in to French and UK cards. To make it easier to remember which is which. I decided that the ones on the left would be UK cards and put UK money in the zip pocket.... because in UK we drive on the left. And in to the back cover and pocket or the right hand side, I would put my French health and bank cards and my Euros in to the that zip pocket, and this is the right hand side... because in France and Europe we drive on the right. Simple enough to remember I'm sure!
|Front inside cover with 6 card slots and elasticated pen loop|
|Rear inside cover with 6 card slots|
As I nearly always travel in some form of jacket, especially if I'm going to UK the Journey Travel Companion although quite big does fit in my jacket pocket quite neatly.
Once again thank you to Filofax for sending me this review sample. I am off now to plan my next trip back to UK!
The Journey Travel Companion is now available to purchase from Filofax UK