Travel

Planning tips for Europe Trip | DESIGN IS YAY!

Planning a trip to places you’ve never been before could be very challenging. Looking back at how I planned my Europe trip, there are certain things that I wish I knew back then. But that’s the beauty of travelling, not only will you able to gain the experience in exploring new places, you also gain knowledge that might be useful in the future.

Europe trip was the hardest holiday that I’ve ever planned. Unlike the time when I went to U.S.A, Turkey, New Zealand or China, my holiday in Europe was totally dependent on public transports and maps without local people to guide us for most of the time. Nevertheless, we had a wonderful time during our trip in Europe, and I hope that anyone who have spent money and time to visit Europe would feel the same.

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Fauxdori Set Up for Travel | DESIGN IS YAY Just before I leave for my trip, I’d like to share with you how I set up my Fauxdori. As you know from my previous planner posts, I have always used ring planners from Kikki.K and Filofax. When I saw the Fauxdoris created by Cakepaperie, I became interested in trying out dori-style planners as they seem to be more flexible and lightweight, which is perfect for travelling! Let’s have a look at how I set it up. Fauxdori Set Up for Travel | DESIGN IS YAY I have always wanted a polkadot planner, I am so glad when I saw this in Cakepaperie’s shop. The pink tassle is an additional purchase, but I really like the colour contrast. The parisian notebook is by Rifle Paper Co, and the mint blue pen is from Kikki.K. Fauxdori Set Up for Travel | DESIGN IS YAY It’s impossible to find original Midori Travellers’ Notebook here in Canberra, and I hate to have to wait for days each time I need a new notebook because I have to buy them online. So I bought a set of Moleskine Cahier pastel journals and have them cut into Midori size at Officeworks. Moleskine journals are thicker than Midori, however the paper is thinner. Therefore your writings will show through at the back pages. I don’t really mind as I’m going to use journalling cards and postcards. Since this fauxdori doesn’t come with a pen loop, I had to add one on my own. I bought a Leuchtturm pen loop in blue to match my mint blue Kikki.K pen. The side pocket is also an additional stick-on pocket from Midori which I bought from Notemaker. Fauxdori Set Up for Travel | DESIGN IS YAY Fauxdori Set Up for Travel | DESIGN IS YAY The second half of my Fauxdori is a Travel Journal booklet that I designed and print on my own. I also added a folded pockets for my journalling kits and stamps. Fauxdori Set Up for Travel | DESIGN IS YAY Inside the Travel Journal, I have Itinerary pages which consists of boxes for flights/transportation (shaped like boarding passes) and accommodation itinerary (shaped like luggages tags). There are also travel checklist pages, but I had forgotten to take pictures! The next section is Bucket List, where I can put all the things I want to do, see, eat or drink in each country/city/place. Unfortunately I haven’t written much. Fauxdori Set Up for Travel | DESIGN IS YAY The zip pocket is where I keep all the washi tapes, stickers, sticky tapes and other planner goodies I’ll need for my journalling. Fauxdori Set Up for Travel | DESIGN IS YAY Fauxdori Set Up for Travel | DESIGN IS YAY Stationery makes me so happy <3 I hope you like my set up! If you’d like to see my other planner set up, check out My Kikki K Personal Planner Setup

Fauxdori Set Up for Travel | DESIGN IS YAY

Road Trip: Long Weekend in Wollongong | DESIGN IS YAY!

During the Labour Day weekend, my family and I went for a weekend getaway in Wollongong. We have never been to Wollongong, and we just wanted to find out what it’s like, since it’s only 2 hours and 40 minutes from Canberra. Also, I kinda miss being at the beach. The beach is very beautiful, I especially like the lighthouse side of the beach. We were lucky to have the sun out during both days we were there.

Road Trip: Long Weekend in Wollongong | DESIGN IS YAY!

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Wanderlist: Kyoto, Japan | DESIGN IS YAY!

We are hearing from Amanda Thomas from NZ about her beautiful journey to Kyoto, Japan. Follow Amanda’s instagram account for snapshots about the things that she loves (cats, books, nature, coffee & her husband).

Wanderlist: Kyoto, Japan | DESIGN IS YAY!

1.    Tell us about your trip to Kyoto, Japan.

My husband and I went to Japan, just for a holiday. It’s always been one of the places we’ve wanted to go to most. We visited Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara and Osaka, but Kyoto was our favourite.

2.    What do you like about Kyoto?

We loved the history and the scenery and the amazing food. We had so many amazing experiences in Kyoto including feeding monkeys, seeing real life Geisha, going on a rickshaw ride through a bamboo forest, visiting temples and eating delicious tofu based meals.

Wanderlist: Kyoto, Japan | DESIGN IS YAY!

3.    Tell us one best experience/moment you had there.

I loved the day when we fed the monkeys. We hiked to the top of a huge hill and once we got there we could see the whole of Kyoto. Not only was the view stunning but there were monkeys everywhere and it was just a surreal experience. Definitely hard to walk away!

Wanderlist: Kyoto, Japan | DESIGN IS YAY!

4.    Five places/activities/eats recommended by you.

1. Visit the monkey park called Iwatayama
2. Go for a rickshaw ride through the bamboo forest
3. Explore all the hidden streets and alleyways around the Yasaka Pagoda area – lots of amazing food and knick knacks to be found
4. Visit the Golden Pavillion and take part in a tea ceremony. We also lit prayer candles at the alter and thew coins for good luck!
5. Take a walk through the bamboo paths of Fushimi Inari Shrine

Wanderlist: Kyoto, Japan | DESIGN IS YAY!

5.    Where would you like to go next?

Next we’d like to have a relaxing island holiday where we snorkel, sleep, read books and enjoy sunshine and outdoors!

Wanderlist: Kyoto, Japan | DESIGN IS YAY!

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All images are courtesy of Amanda Thomas.
Thanks Amanda for sharing your journey with us! Love travelling? I’d love to hear from you! Email me at submissions@designisyay.com with a little story about the best trip you’ve had in your life.

The Makers' Day Canberra | DESIGNISYAY.COM

On September 6th, I opened a stall at The Makers’ Day by Canberra Creatives (who will soon reveal their new name. Stay tune!). The Makers’ Day is a fun day out for crafters and makers alike, or anyone who would like to get their craft on. I was a stall holder so I didn’t get to see all the workshops, but these are the ones that caught my attention:

There were also live art by Mr Manok & Dranoel, and many competitions that you can take part during the day, such as Foodie & Instagram challenge. It was really fun!

Here are a couple of photos of my stall. I had a Silhouette Art Workshop and had my cards for sale.

The Makers' Day Canberra | DESIGNISYAY.COM

The Makers' Day Canberra | DESIGNISYAY.COM

To find out more about Canberra Creatives and their events, follow them on Facebook.

All images above are by Anthea & Lyndon.

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