The plan to create an over-the-top itinerary came about at a time when I really wasn’t enjoying the design work I was doing, and had fallen into a bit of a rut. I booked the trip as something to look forward to, and work towards when everything else, as my mum would put it “belonged in the too hard basket.”
I had been to Japan two years previously and immensely enjoyed the trip, but was resentful about the issues that arose from travelling with a friend. Since working on the It Gets Worse project, my interest in visiting Korea continued to grow, and in the last few years coworkers and friends had moved to Singapore that I wanted to visit. When I received an email from Jetstar once again having flights to Japan on sale it seemed like a great time to take the plunge on a solo trip, and explore Asia a little further.
Through personal reflection I have accepted I am the type of person who needs a certain amount of structure. I had created an itinerary for my 2016 trip to Japan but it was simple in comparison. I began researching and putting together a plan much the same way as before. After working on it a couple weeks I decided to take the time and make this a beautiful, but functional piece of design. One that could could give me all the information I needed if I had lost my phone, and act as a way to properly document my trip. I made sure to include all of the information and printouts I needed for flights, accommodation, my passport and contact information, and attraction bookings.
I set out to make the book as functional and as beautiful as I could. The itinerary was spiral bound in order to make maximum use of the page space, and to hold a pen; the days are distinguishable by colour; there are inbound envelopes to hold printed articles; a page with basic phrases in Japanese and Korean; currency and time conversion information; and printed on matte finished pages to be pen friendly.
The itinerary worked perfectly. It allowed me to make the very most of my days and have an idea of where I would be going, and what I would be doing each day. Despite what seems like a rigid schedule, I made sure to allow room for flexibility and was not overly committed to things that were planned. This was even more the case due to travelling solo.
One unexpected surprise was the fact I could use the souvenir stamps spread across Japan and Korea to decorate the plain coloured envelopes inside the publication. The book also acted as a great travel diary, as I made sure to keep notes of everything, even as it resulted in messy scrawls across the manicured pages. I received many compliments whilst overseas, and since I have returned home; especially when family and friends ask for travel recommendations. This itinerary allowed me to build upon and bring back an incredibly precious publication that holds a lot of memories from a very special trip for me.
Japan, South Korea, and Singapore.
56 pages, 4 inbuilt envelopes, and spiral bound.
Bambino Regular, and Bambino Bold.
Dinkums Print & Design, Melbourne.