Excerpts from Travel Gift books by WatchBoom writer Lisa TE Sonne

The Great Outdoors calls – and howls and sings and wind-whispers! Can you hear it? It smells of ocean splashes and pungent pines, smoky campfires and blooming jasmine. It feels like sand between your toes, textured breezes, and infinity.

The great outdoors is about aliveness, grand and tiny – its fortitude and fragility, its engaging beauty and vital challenge. This book is about your aliveness – from sublime awe to adrenaline-rush wow.

What do you want to do, see, hear, taste, feel, and smell? What experiences do you want to deposit in the great bank account of life memories?

Have you felt a waterfall massage your back? Seen streaks of light shoot across the night sky? Caught snowflakes in your mouth? Summited a mountain for views that change you?
….What would you rather do outdoors? The questions we ask ourselves can get us closer to living the answers we love.

This is your book for your own inspiration, planning, recording, and remembering so you can enjoy some of the great outdoors more while you are there! And you can enjoy the great outdoors later when you are indoors. “

The Great Outdoors Journal is a book for you to plot with, write in, and check off things you want to do or have done. Lists include the National Parks in the US, Canada and Great Britain, “not to miss” hikes, outstanding birds to spot, types of activities you can enjoy outdoors, and wildlife worthy of your bucket list.   From “archipelagos” to “waterfalls, ” there’s also a section to note your favorite places to explore specific geographic features.

The Journal also includes literary excerpts about the “Great Outdoors” from Thoreau, John Muir and Nathaniel Hawthorne. The book is charmingly illustrated by Dick Vincent who also shows how to draw a Sleeping Fox and a Black Bear.


To move, to breath, to fly to float-

To gain all while you give,

To roam the roads of lands remote,

To Travel is to Live.”
Hans Christian Andersen

“So I think we should live with this constant discovery. We should be open to this adventure in heightened awareness of living. We should stake our whole existence on our willingness to explore and experience.”  - Martin Buber

These are a couple of the  many quotes in this Journaling book to inspire and recall adventurous travel.

There’s are also practical and creative tips to relish the extraordinary- from how to exchange currency and check out medical needs to how to chronicle your days and nights

You may write the best pages of all in the sections that prompt with questions or leave blank pages for you to record your travel day--- perhaps via the five Senses of sight, smell, touch, sound and taste plus the sense of intuition or via the journalist Five Ws and  H—who, what, where, when, why and how.

Also included- a  map to mark where you have been and where you want to go and suggested adventures from synchronous fireflies and walking behind waterfalls to little known parks and gardens and wildlife sanctuaries.


England’s capital is 656 square miles and “the world’s most visited city,” with palaces, towers, Royal parks and gardens, 43 universities, four World Heritage sites, stellar museums, top theater and sporting venues, as well as a city with one of the world’s most modern cycling networks.

“Whether you are a leisure cruiser, intense commuter, touring cyclist with a guide, or an active explorer going solo, seeing London by the seat of your pants with your hands on the handlebar is worth your writing about.

From high-end hotels offering private bike clubs, to campsites next to bike hires, and from cafes with repair shops and yoga for cyclers, to annual city cycling events (including a “naked ride”), London invites your wheeling and revealing (in this your diary).

This book offers some sections you may want to add to --- on bicycle tips and tools, favorite routes, safety guidelines, and hot spots for pit stops. Or you may just want to plunge into the blank pages to forge your own passages about the paths you take. The best parts of the book can be what you add. “

THE HAPPINESS HANDBOOK: Simple Ways to Change your life for the better

Each page is filled with different suggestions and research about happiness- including happiness  about travel – from anticipating a trip and  enjoying a trip to “post trip” happiness.   There are also happiness tips from research and experts about the value of being the “author of your own life” and the benefits of journaling and recording gratitude. 

To your happy wanderings and wondering and writing


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