The China Travel Journal
The Travel Journal has 4 pages devoted to each day, with enough pages for 21 days. This should be sufficient even when families add extra days to the trip for pre-adoption touring and for a few extra days at the end. If you know you will need more days, you may request them. For each day there is plenty of room to record your thoughts and notes in the following sections:
- Today, Don't Forget To... (so I can fill in before I leave home that I need to take a sheet of paper for her little red footprint, take the bottle to gotcha for hungry baby, etc.)
- Food We Enjoyed and Where
- Today's Highlights
- Impressions and Feelings
- Additional Thoughts or Ideas Inspired by the Day
- Keepsakes Acquired and Expenditures
- Signatures and Well Wishes of People We Met Today or Our Child's Artwork – an otherwise blank page, this is very nice if the child is older, and you take crayons or want nannies, guides, or other people to write something nice.
The pages are sewn through the fold for flexibility and durability, and the 8 1/2 x 7 book will open flat, so it is easy to write in. With the hard cover, it is easy to write anywhere and you can make the best use of your time on the bus, train, etc. The cover material is a strong and attractive maroon and black imitation leather fabric, and there is an extra cover flap which covers the fore edge, so you can stick other papers, receipts, in the book and they have a better chance of not getting lost. There is a pocket inside the front cover to hold smaller receipts, ticket stubs of sights, etc. A black elastic band holds the flap in place so you can carry the book in your purse, diaper bag, backpack etc. and it won't open up. The front cover is decorated with the Chinese character for "Forever/Eternity," stamped in gold and really makes the book appear to be the special heirloom it will become.
Please allow at least three weeks for the completion of your order. The book costs $35.00 and media mail postage to US destinations is included in that price. For priority shipping, the cost is $40.00. If time is crucial, I will be happy to rush the production of your book and have it ready to mail in two to three days, then get it to the post office for priority mail if $10.00 extra is included, for a total cost of $50.00. I am also happy to send the book to other countries via USPS Global Priority for $12. You may purchase insurance for an additional $1.50 if you want. I accept bank checks, personal checks or money orders sent to:
153 North Gaddis Street
Rossville, IN 46065-9435
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