The Midori Traveler’s Passport ($12), here in red but also available in blue, is a limited edition refill pack for their luxurious and much sworn-by Traveler’s Notebook. It has 41 numbered, blank pages, following a passport-like selection of traveler information and maps. The notebook includes a page of peel-off letters and sticker lamination for its identification page, so that interested travelers can experiment with spy-style document self-falsification. For all its fun my resulting identification page more closely resembles a Red Square fake, acceptable as valid identification at only the shoddiest of establishments. My heavy handedness led to a patch of small indentions on its red cover, which I think give the notebook a more rugged character.
Its redeeming quality? Its quality.The obvious luxury of its component materials: a passport-quality cover, stitched binding, and acid-free mid-grammage paper. It’s not as cool as a passport, but it is the passport’s perfect companion, with or without the Midori’s Traveler’s Notebook, for any traveling writer or self-defined traveler. The Midori Traveler’s Passport refill is also a hat-tip to writers that have been exiled, stateless, transient, and otherwise between places.