You know the feeling when you think about a past trip and a beaming smile spreads across your face? Well…
Founder and creator of Journey Jottings, Linda Fairbairn

Linda Fairbairn – Founder of Journey Jottings

That’s Journey Jottings for you!

Travelling and holidays are all about the memories and I want to be sure you enjoy them in years to come as clearly as the day they happened.

I share tips and tricks in my Blog Stories showing you how to savour your special memories for future reminiscing, as well as illustrating how to create simple ‘story-maps’ of your adventures for sharing with family and friends.

If travelling Australia I’ve produced a range of travel memory products for highlighting your holiday adventures whether that be a weekend away or a 3 month trek doing the big lap (a road trip taking you all the way around this island continent) –
Map Journals for personal reminiscing, Mail-It Maps for keeping family and friends posted, an A5 Travelling Notebook for those wanting to record a few more details as well as Map Magnets for the fridge door!

Linda Fairbairn drafting a Journey Jottings pictorial map in her studio


I founded Journey Jottings in 2003 when I combined a map with a journal for recording both the trails and tales when travelling Australia.
I set-to hand-drawing a pictorial map in pen and ink, which I then tinted with watercolours.


Linda Fairbairn checking Australia Map Journal proof prior to printing


This first Australia Map Journal was published a year later (2004) initially in a PVC wallet, which I upgraded to a Polypropylene travel wallet with a firm spine and more pockets when I published the 6th edition 10 years later.


Linda Fairbairn working on Journey Jottings’ Australia Range



I have also produced a Special deluxe version in a tactile textured card travel wallet for those of you who love the feel of quality stationery!



Journey Jottings helps holidaymakers remember where they’ve been!



I published the Australia Mail-It Map in 2005, which I now supply with an enviro envelope for you to post home to family and friends.

And for those of you spending time in the Red Centre I drew a regional Map Journal and a Mail-It Map that covers Central Australia to fit the bill.



We have a small team in our island office from where we call our retailers who are spread far and wide across Australia; and where we pack up their orders for daily dispatch.
I continue to beaver away developing new ways to help people like you

record your travels… simply, succinctly and expressively.

Journey Jottings orders ready for dispatchPhil Smyrk, Journey Jottings Customer Service Manager







I constantly create fresh content for my Journey Jottings travel blog where I publish a range of posts to

  • inspire you to dream of places to go
  • inform you, so you can get those plans rolling and
  • entertain you with ways you’d never considered to make travel journalling fun and an integral part of your holiday…

keeping that holiday grin on your face, forever!

I produced a curiously quirky series:

How to Travel Journal Like a Map-Maker

Everyone tells me they can’t draw, and they’re not arty…
Did I hear you mumble… ‘me neither‘?

Well this is for you –
Can’t have me having all the fun 😀

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Journey Jottings’ roving sandwich-board

Interview with Linda

Here is an interview I did with Travel Awaits

In The Press

Journey Jottings In Giftrap


‘Giftrap’ Magazine

“Australian made products” feature

Australian Traveller Cover - Dec '08/Jan '09 



‘Australian Traveller’ Magazine

Feature (below)

Australian Traveller - Journey Jottings Article


Home Based Business Awards Finalist   Reed Gift Awards Finalist  Australian Memento Awards

Linda Fairbairn Home Based Business Awards



Receiving an award from the Hon. Dr Craig Emerson M.P.





Check out our Journey Jottings Testimonials page to read what our users have to say and… see some photos of how they highlighted their holiday memories… forever 🙂

Radio Interview

I was interviewed on ABC radio by the Coodabeens in the final segment of this one hour broadcast of their programme The Idlers. Listen to this podcast on the ABC website:


Hear the Idlers on “Recording your Travels” – with Ted Egan.

About Journey Jottings Australia Maps

About The MapsMost maps tell you where to go, Journey Jottings highlight where you’ve been!

Hand drawn in pen and ink these pictorial maps of Australia are printed with vegetable inks on uncoated paper so as to give your pen a great toothy feel as you record your adventures.
Created with you in mind, the roads have been left open so  you can dot your journey  along those winding ways; and I’ve created space for you in the surrounds for jotting some of the many marvellous moments from your trip.

This keepsake forms a perfect visual complement to your written journal (for those who remember to keep that up for the whole trip!); and they’re also great for illustrating where that photo was taken when showing and sharing your adventure with family and friends (without having to pull out a mammoth road map)

Map Journals come tucked in the front pocket of a sturdy plastic travel wallet leaving the back pocket free for ticket stubs and memorabilia; while the Mail-It Map comes with an enviro envelope so you can keep family and friends posted en route.

Most maps are synonymous with navigation, but as Sir Francis Chichester said,

“To a man of imagination, a map is a window to adventure”.

Journey Jottings Map Journal


Some people have likened our Journey Jottings maps to an antique treasure map –
I certainly feel that they do exude a feeling that somewhere an ‘X’ marks the spot…
But its discovery, of course, lies in the hand of you – the traveller – whose journey is encapsulated in this visual keepsake!