Giveaway: “Walk n Talk” Tom Sawyer Travel Journal

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Travel Journal

Three years later, Nathan Minnehan started making leather journals and selling them in Buenos Aires at the San Telmo street fair. The journals are now sold internationally and in more than fifteen stores in the U.S.

He also has a scholarship called the Dream Box where he supplies journals to intentional travelers and exchange students. It’s a labor of love, and you can win a free “Tom Sawyer” travel journal in this week’s giveaway.

What you need to know:

  • This giveaway is available to readers worldwide. Anyone can win!
  • Our cats and biased judges will pick someone on Sunday night at 6pm PST

Enter this weekโ€™s giveaway by posting a comment, then check back on Sunday night. Weโ€™ll announce the winner and send them the prize!

Update: Comments are now closed. Congrats to Kyla H, selected by cats and a random number generator to win the gift certificate! Everyone else, thanks for entering. We’ll have another giveaway next week.


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  • Sarah m says:

    What a beautiful journal!
    Sarah M

  • Stephanie says:

    Nothing better than a beautiful journal!

  • Cindy says:


  • Susan B says:

    What a cool looking journal! I’d love to win it.

  • Thu says:

    What a beautiful journal. Would love to own one.

  • Nephele says:

    What a beautiful journal, and a lovely history behind it.

  • Chris Davis says:

    Would go well for that camping trip on the beach I have planned this month!

  • Leslie says:

    Love beautiful journals! Is there a website listing the other products Nathan offers?

  • Vinicius says:

    Leather items are always good-looking. I hope the cats will pick me this time.

  • Marty says:

    Great looking journal. Thank you for the chance to win one.

  • Asa says:

    Nice looking journal. I could always use a new one!!

  • Kayla Waldorff says:

    I love this journal. I am wanting to try to start the habit of journaling more and this would be great motivation!

  • Amy says:

    Lovely journal!

  • Bryan Watson says:

    Very cool. Could always use a new one

  • Natz Lumabad | Little Girl Goes Places says:

    I’m a sucker for beautiful journals and I love travelling! Perfect combination! I hope I win ๐Ÿ™‚ *fingers crossed*

  • Heather Masters says:

    I’ve been looking for a beautiful plate to record my thoughts!

  • Christine Taylor says:

    That’s gorgeous.. it makes me want to buy an Amtrak ticket, just to have a new experience to put inside it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Michael says:

    Very nice!

  • Sharon Manning says:

    We are about to embark on a round the world adventure for 18 months and this would make the perfect journal for my gorgeous husband! Thank you for the opportunity.

  • Oliver says:

    โ€œIn order to make a man or a boy covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to obtain.โ€
    โ€• Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    Love at first sight I would say! Would love to make this wonderful journal my little special companion… And no coffee stains, I promise! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Ramona says:

    Oh it’s lovely. I could find a good use for that journal. Thanks for the oportunity.

  • Bryan says:

    Love the craftsmanship. Stunning journal. Where can I see more items made by Nathan?

  • Aly Plentl says:

    Every writer hopes that one day their soul can continue to live on in the words they leave behind. I love hand-crafted items. Such a beautiful piece to carry and write in throughout a beautiful life.

  • Clark says:

    What a great looking journal and cool gift!

    โ€œThere is, of course, always the personal satisfaction of writing down one’s own experiences so they may be saved, caught and pinned under glass, hoarded against the winter of forgetfulness. Time has been cheated a little, at least, in one’s own life, and a personal, trivial immortality of an old self assured.โ€
    โ€• Anne Morrow Lindbergh, North to the Orient

  • tiffany l says:


  • Volta says:

    This journal – a work of art that any creative soul would love to find their home among the pages.

  • Ryan says:

    Planning our adventures for an upcoming escape from the rat race. Our time is now! See you soon Thailand! Travel journal would be awesome to take along for the ride!

  • Fernanda Maia says:

    I love journal! It would be great to my collection!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Alfredo says:

    On for the travelers.

  • Carol says:

    love this ..what a perfect way to document whatever adventures await!

  • Ismael says:

    Great way to keep track of your memories.

  • Pat Dowling says:

    Never kept a journal before, always electronic, but am definitely seeing the limitations. Would love the Tom Sawyer, although Hank Morgan is my favorite Twain Character

  • Tammy says:

    Very unique. Love it.

  • Lisa says:

    I’d fill the bejeezus outta that little sucker.

  • Alice says:

    I would love to take that with me on my travels around Europe and beyond.

  • Andrรฉs says:

    Looks good, I’d love to fill it up!

  • Nick says:




  • Timberly says:

    I would use this exquisite journal to map out the next 10 years of my life.

  • Divesh says:

    It looks almost too beautiful to write in, but it looks like the perfect thing to record my hopes and dreams in.

    If I win it I could say, “I had a dream, and I now have a beautiful place to capture it in.” Capturing my dreams in a beautiful cage, nurturing and feeding them, till one day they will be strong enough to go out into the world and become reality.

  • Steve says:

    I would love to have that great looking journal.

  • Brian says:

    I could use a good journal.

  • MattW says:

    Can’t say I agree with other commenters about how cool it is. I’d have to examine it in person before making that call. I should probably win–convincing a skeptic is always worth more than kowtowing to the sycophants:)

  • Rob Jones says:

    I’m not sure what would be cooler, winning and using that amazing journal, or winning the amazing journal and taking it to Buenos Aires to meet the man who made it….. Pick me, and I’ll let you know ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • m. wannarka says:

    Journals are best used when they die falling apart filled with memories and well used. I think this would be able to hold.them all.

  • Justin Lind says:

    Those are beautiful. I’m beginning an indefinite travel adventure in 4 weeks and I would love a fresh journals to begin the trip with.

  • Sharon Abar says:

    That’s a gorgeous journal.

  • Stephanie says:

    It would not be a bad idea to add a link for all non-winners to buy one themselves. there are a lot of other cool things too.

  • Dare says:

    A perfect addition to my ever growing journal collection!

  • Ada says:

    Would love to have this to begin my travel adventures this winter!

  • Ella says:

    Very nice!

  • JF says:

    Uber pretty!

  • Gordon says:

    A perfect way to start or end the day by writing

  • Morgan says:

    I’m an increasingly intentional journal with a thing for leather. It’s a thing.

  • Morgan says:

    Increasingly intentional TRAVELER*, although if I were an Intentional Journal I hope I’d come in leather.

  • jr cline says:

    A journal like this would be perfect for my first trip as a fulltime RVer.

  • Stephie says:

    I love Journals and I love Tom Sawyer- or the other way round!

  • Ryan Dangaran says:

    Love the classic leather journal. Maybe this will be my lucky Friday!

  • Tuere says:

    Looks beautifully crafted. It would be great to receive it in time to bring it with me to Camp Good Life Project in September!

  • Michelle says:

    I journal 3 pages every morning before I start my day. Gets the cobwebs out so I can get inspired for my clients. That said, this journal looks pretty inspiring by itself! It’s lovely…

  • Jeff the god of biscuits says:

    I’m covered in beeeeeeeeees!

  • Ashley Tuschen says:

    This is a big year of traveling for me — both nationally and internationally — this would be a great place to write about it all.

  • Blake says:

    Sweet journal. When’s the Huck Finn line come out? I’ll take both!

  • Andy Compton says:

    Looks like a beautiful journal. I’ve had a couple of hand stitched journals in the past adn there is just something…satisfying about using something that been crafted.

  • Nathan Ng says:

    My first thought was this would make a lovely gift for my gal, but i’m not sure I wouldn’t wind up keeping it for myself…

  • Natalie M says:

    Love the journal, beautifully made

  • Jordan says:

    How lovely!

  • Ruby E says:

    gonna be perfect for documenting my travels ^_^

  • Yancy Burns says:

    I was just thinking if picking up an idea journal as mentioned in the coursera creativity class. This might be just what I was looking for!

  • Oliver G. says:

    This looks like the perfect journal to always keep in my pocket to jot in ideas and anything that comes to mind. I’ll call it Da Vinci.

  • Antonino says:

    That’s just a wonderful journal!

  • Daria says:

    Beautiful notebook, would be great for keeping travel memories!

  • Kristie says:


  • Sharon says:

    WalknTalk started as an adventure, and now as Nathan Minnehan’s journey blossoms into fruition, he aims to share that sense of adventure with the rest of the world. In the words of Natasha Bedingfield, “Today is where your book begins…the rest is still unwritten.” Thank you and best wishes!

  • Trace says:

    Looks perfect

  • Jared B. says:

    Beautiful looking journal. What is this weeks catnip?

  • Kyla H says:

    After recently getting my first passport ever, I think a travel journal is in order ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Patrick says:

    Awesome journal. I need to do more Journaling in my life. This would be a great starter.

  • Nick Evens says:

    My travels await me! cant wait to see the world and write all about in a journal just like that one.
    exciting to think about it.

  • Sharon Howard says:

    I would Love to win this journal for my daughter to take back to college with her. She has always loved keeping a journal and she has a bunch of notebook this would keep her writing safer.

  • Jacob Sheu says:

    A Classic journal for an inconceivable journey.

  • Chris Lovie-Tyler says:

    It might cost you a little more to post it to New Zealand, but you can be assured I will appreciate it. Thanks Chris and Nathan!

  • vicki boyles says:

    Such a beautiful journal….Would love to take it back to Spain with me next month and continue my entries in YOUR hand made, one of a kind journal! Thanks for being generous and picking one of us! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Leslie says:

    I would love to win this beautiful journal!!

  • Victoria says:

    The journal looks amazing and I’d love to be picked by a cat!

  • ai says:

    Gorgeous. Would love to write in it.

  • Megan says:

    One catnip laced comment… ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Does that help my chances?

  • Greg Voisen says:

    Writing is cathartic and writing in this beautiful journal would be such a pleasure. Keep your mind clear and your creative thoughts abound!!!

  • Gordon Cox says:

    The perfect place to compose the strange and wonderful story of my adventures!

  • tom says:

    This journal looks like it needs to be taken on an adventure. Would love to give it to my teenage son to carry on his backpacking trips.

  • Megsy@fivedollartraveller says:

    Ohh my writing book is dying a slow tragic death. There’s loose paper falling out everywhere – it’s certainly seen better days! Would love to win this, do the cats accept bribes of kittie treats?

  • Hana says:

    Perfect for writing daily impressions…

  • Emi says:

    How long does it take to make one journal? What kind of leather is it? Where’s the leather from? Why was Buenos Aires the first selling location?

  • Cat says:

    Required for recording my new life. Starts today. Ready or Not

  • Nathalia says:

    I did visit and they only have stores in US. So, this would be a great birthday gift for a Brazilian girl who loves travelling.

  • Rebekka says:

    Really neat!

  • Brian says:

    I read somewhere that cows are also made out of leather. Strange how cows and journals have so much in common. Is the journal milkable?

  • JEN says:

    I’d love to take this journal with me on my next trip!

  • Cimarron says:

    I love the minimal rustic design. I imagine Mr. Sawyer would be pleased!

  • Brian Williams says:

    Such an awesome journal. It would go well with my awesome pen.

  • Clarissa Nassif Leonel says:

    Amazing journal. Perfect for my next adventure! ; )

  • Adam says:

    What are your dreams? And to what corners of the world will they take?

  • Chad Ettelbrick says:

    Amazing looking journal and story. Excited about it.

  • Hannahsmom says:

    I am having a new life and it is very exciting. The beautiful journal would be a great companion!

  • Matthew says:

    There’s nothing quite like the feeling of a nice leather-bound journal for your daily memories. I’d love to have the chance to write about adventures in it.

  • Esther says:

    Handmade!! yes……..Love that!

  • Ian O says:

    Beautiful! Would love to have a journal like this to jot down ideas.

  • Chris Marsden says:

    I’m always looking for my next journal. Have yet to pick up a leather one, though.

  • Mel says:

    Am attempting to instil the values of adventurous living in my two kids. It only just clicked that unpacking the experience is a part of the journey..can’t believe we are neglecting this step. Light bulb moment! Journaling here we come…well “picturing” mostly, they are still young.

  • Leah Astor says:

    I love these journals!!!

  • Katie says:

    That is a beautiful journal – perfect for filling with beautiful travel & life experiences!

  • Tara says:

    I started journaling as a result of my travels way back in elementary school so I feel this beautiful journal would be very fitting.

  • Diana says:

    I always stop for a beautiful journal, and have a dream of making my own, beautiful leather, comfortable in my hand, inspiring, urging me to write…

  • Steven Buehler says:

    Love these kind of things, just what I’m looking for.

  • Jude says:

    I’ve been to the San Telmo street fair! I only wish I would have seen these then.

  • Samaya Adelin says:

    wahey! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Tanya K says:

    Beautiful! We love keeping a journal of our family road trips; it is so much fun to read through them, especially when we are day dreaming about our next adventure!

  • Chris Mick says:

    That’s a beautifully made journal

  • Jason Tapley says:

    The miles that we’ll go.
    The sights we will see.
    The things that we’ll do.
    The stories left untold.
    Until we write them down to share.
    Remember those days with the ones we care.

  • Kevin says:

    A great substitute or upgrade to my trusty (but rather bland) moleskin! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Dan says:

    Wow. What a great idea and a great looking journal!

  • Yvette Tan says:

    What a beautiful journal just waiting to be filled with memories.

  • Sean D. says:

    That journal is very good. I like it.

  • Ben Dempsey says:

    Very nice journal. I would love to document use that to document my weight loss journey. I’m working on losing 180 pounds.

  • Jimmie says:

    First, holy cow that’s a lovely journal and thick enough you could use it a long time. Second, I can’t say as I’d travel to many other countries, but I’m on a journey of making as many cool things as I can get out there and I figure I can find a few very useful things to put in that journal. So there. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Anna says:

    What a great prize! Could definitely use it on my next trip!

  • Terri Mendes says:

    Gorgeous! I visualize an entire trip being planned and executed just to get to use that journal.

  • Lydia Ondrusek says:

    My mind knows I can jot poems down in my phone. My heart says they belong somewhere like this journal.

  • Grant Huhn says:

    Perfect for a motorcycle ride through Mexico!

  • "H" (real nick name for Homayoun) says:

    It’s not the destination that counts, it’s the journal and it’s contents.

  • Mike Taylor says:

    When I have filled the journal I will have started 1 new business, visited 20 new places and run 1 triathlon all within 12 months…

  • Marem says:

    My daughter has been journaling daily for the past 6 years. She starts a new adventure this month, and this journal will be a perfect companion! So even if I’m not by her side, her journal will preserve her stories, and allow me to share in her journey.

  • Barbara says:

    Imagine the scent of leather, the feel of the paper! My pen awaits!

  • Jordan May says:

    May your words guide you through timeless adventures! What a great looking memory keeper. Cheers!

  • Andrew says:

    I’m going to fill this journal with all the wisdom Mickey gave to Rocky.

  • Kevin says:

    What a very nice travel Journal. I travel over 200 days a year on the road both domestic and international. it would be nice to have my travel notes in such a journal.

  • Trevor says:

    I’m not oft to win things, but I generally don’t enter for things either. But that is one gorgeous looking journal. I hope the winner puts it to great use, taking it around the world, because that quality, deserves travel.

  • Tatiana says:

    A journal could be a great incentive for a world traveler wannabe and professional daydreamer to (finally) leave behind that office job! (I just need a long term catsitter!).

  • Louise Lakier says:

    A loyal and patient companion. Smooth and soft to the touch, available always. Waiting, accepting, readily consuming, thoughts, ruminations, sketches, ideas. A sola traveler’s collaborator.

  • Joe Szczepaniak says:

    I would love to win this journal!

  • Dale says:


  • Melissa Aho says:

    Beautiful journal!

  • Melissa Jones says:

    Beautiful idea and a beautiful journal!

  • Dustin says:

    Cool looking journals make me want to journal more. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Alexandre Malucelli says:

    What a amazing journal!

  • Lucas Ayala says:

    Would love to win this nice journal.

  • Cรกssia says:

    Beautiful journal, I am sure it will make every journey note perfect.

  • Gordon says:

    Does it come with a hand crafted pen?

  • Maria says:

    As an amateur bookbinder (started this month) I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to get my hands on this beauty. I decided to start this hobby because I love handmade journals and buy them the same way others buy shoes or purses. I have a growing shelf of journals that I simply adore and get inspiration from. Each journal has a purpose, in one I write 10 ideas for the day, in another notes from books I’m currently reading and in yet another a gratitude journal. Tonight I came back from camping with my family tonight and saw Chris’ twitter post. While I know due to my health I won’t be doing any globe trotting in the near future, I would definitely dedicate it to my future camping and hiking adventures to come.

  • Filipe says:

    Great! I would love to win this!!!! Awesome!

  • Jeffrey Luke says:

    Better than a Moleskine

  • Soops says:

    Do astral adventures count?

  • Robert Abilez says:

    Great journal! Would have been nice to have when I toured Argentina, Peru, Brazil and Uruguat last year!!

  • Mahin says:

    Beautiful instruments inspire deep thoughts.

  • Jon Swanson says:

    most of my journeying is inside my head. My journals let those travels come out. And the Tom Sawyer is perfect.

  • Dwayne VanHoose says:

    That is beautiful work. If I don’t win the bias of you judges panel ๐Ÿ˜‰ is there a website for purchasing such art?!
    Fair wind and following seas!

  • Scott Haney says:

    The journals are beautiful!

  • Michelle G says:

    “In the beginning was the Word”‘… appropriate this would be for someone whose desire is to make the gift of the split second presence we all live, last a little longer—attempt to preserve it—-even, in some stubborn way, make it last forever—to make it certain that it DID exist, and would not be forgotten.

  • Brian schumacher says:

    Handcrafted leather journal: in this digital age, something created by a true craftsman, that needs no programming or electricity, has an even great appeal than in times past. It makes me think about what tangible evidence future archeologists will find of our current thoughts and ideas. Hopefully they know what to do with a iPod or smartphone when they dig one up.

  • Richi says:

    Even though I could use any medium to write (phone, computer, piece of paper), doing so in a hand-crafted journal will encourage me to burst with the creativity which such a journal requires. Think about it: anyone with a journal like this isn’t going to scribble the mundane, but rather write with intent. Thanks for sharing about this product!

  • Marialecia Izturriaga says:

    I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.

    Oscar Wilde

  • Tim Gioutlos says:

    I was looking for a journal like this for my trip to Machu Pichu last month. Had to settle for something else. This one one looks awesome.

  • Miki says:

    Very cool. Already planning a trip with my family to write down in this journal.

    Thanks Chris, for this opportunity!

  • Billy Van Jura says:

    As beautiful as this is the story is even better. May Nathan continue to provide a place for others to journal and grow and may his business do the same.

  • Joe P says:

    This is an awesome gift. I would use it well!


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