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Canadian Traveller's Diary: A Journal for Canadians Abroad    by Raincoast order for
Canadian Traveller's Diary
by Raincoast
Order:  USA  Can
Raincoast, 2005 (1993)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

My first impression of Canadian Traveller's Diary: A Journal for Canadians Abroad (5th edition) is of the practicality of its paperback size and tough plastic cover. The second is that it can help organize even the most scattered traveller.

It begins with summary pages for personal data (emergency contacts, medical insurance etc.) for the traveller and a companion. There are checklist pages of critical items like diarrhea medication and a money belt, with spaces to add your own. Other organizers include 1-month calendar and travel itinerary pages to fill in. There are pages with entries for hotels and restaurants, museums and events, people to contact, gifts to buy, correspondents to write to. Keep a record of photos taken, traveller's cheques cashed, purchases, bank machine transactions, currency exchanged, and restaurants visited (for recommendations to others).

The Diary section (most of the book) has two pages per entry, with fields for date, place and weather, distance travelled and money spent. At the back is overseas calling information (including Canada Direct services), weights and measures, clothing size conversions, addresses for Canadian embassies and consulates, world maps. At the very back are blank pages divided into 4 tear-out sections each, for providing information to others met along the way. Overall, this is a very handy journal - get one for your next trip, or as a parting gift to a friend who's hitting the road.

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