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An Illustrated Travelogue

Imagine that you're careening through the city on an old bus, and you find a notebook wedged in the corner of the seat. Open it up. Dusty sketches of swampy backwaters, photographs of foreign lands, illustrations of exotic foods. No destination reviews, no top 10 lists and no industry guest posts. It appears to be written merely for the joy of curious explorers and travelers.

This was the reason I set out to create Notes from the Road in 1999. If you enjoy reading about travel, dive in: Notes from the Road rewards readers who enjoy digging deep and exploring even while surfing the web. Check out my Roam section, where I write about everything from organizing for travel, to the importance of science to travel bloggers, to traveling through the deserts of Mexico and the fight to save the marine wilderness of Guana Cay.Travel Photography Blog

Travel Sketches

I illustrate my travel blog with sketches in marker, watercolor, pen and pencil. Travel sketches and travel journals have a way of capturing a place in a way that travel photographs cannot. And they can illustrate a particular thing about a place from the subjective mood and perspective of the traveler. If you're interested in creating your own travel sketchbook, here is a post on creating lightweight travel sketchbook supplies.

  • Lima, Peru Sketches

    Lima, Peru Sketch Journal

    June 22, 2015 Neotropics
    Sketches and notes from Lima, Peru in Copic markers, watercolor and sepia washes.
  • Sicily Sketches

    Sicily Sketches

    June 25, 2014 Europa
    Drawings and Moleskine sketches from my travels on the island of Sicily.
  • Paris Sketches

    Paris Sketches

    May 6, 2014 Europa
    Notes, drawings, sketches and illustrations in different mediums from Paris
  • Marrakech Sketches

    Morocco Sketches and Illustrations

    June 6, 2013 The Dry World
    My moleskine journal from Marrakech, as well as sketches and illustrations of Moroccan food, architecture and more.
  • Bahama Yellowthroat Bird Sketch

    Bird Life List

    June 11, 2012 About Us
    An updated list of every species of bird I’ve seen in my travels. This list includes a growing collection of field sketches of several species I’ve encountered.
  • Moleskine Travel Journals

    Moleskine Travel Journals

    Updated June 15, 2015 Roam
    I use one Moleskine notebook every time I travel as a way to catalog, make notes and reference my itinerary. Here, I share my notes and sketches from several trips.

Online Travel Blog

I don't like to tell people how to travel, how to pack or where to go. But, I think we can learn from each other when we share how we do things. Below are some of my most recent stories on how I organize for travel. Also, Notes from the Road features the Guana Cay Blog, which focuses on a specific example of how megadevelopments can play a negative role in travel destinations. I also keep notes on my bird life list, butterfly life list, reptile life list and amphibian life list.

About Erik Gauger and Notes from the Road

You can learn more about me and the history of Notes from the Road in the about section. You can also catch up with my radio interview, where I talk about experimental travel writing, the future of travel blogging and my lessons on learning to travel.