Egyptian entrepreneurs created a scratch map journal to help you on your travels
If you're a fan of travel journals, you may be interested in one that is designed to a provide a personal record of each traveller's experiences. Two Egyptian entrepreneurs and friends, Khaled Moneir and Amr Mashaly, have created Wanderkit, a travelling journal that contains an embedded scratch map where you can scratch off the countries you’ve visited and record your thoughts and tips.
"Amr and I first got to know to each other during university, when we worked at the student union of the German University in Cairo," Khaled tells Lonely Planet. "We launched our first startup together, Bosla Consultancy, and after we graduated, I was expressing my dream of having a travelling products start-up, when Khaled told me that he had the same dream. We shared a passion of offering a better experience to travellers around the world. We had so many ideas as we have lived and travelled a lot, and we wanted to embrace the travel culture and provide it with a necessary component that could complement one's travel experience."
Khaled and Amr interviewed more than two dozen travellers from different countries, and discovered that one of the things that mattered to all of them was documenting memories of the travel experience itself. This inspired them to create their own travel journal called Wanderkit, designed by Ingie El Seddawy. Their first edition is dedicated to Egypt and it includes both world maps and domestic travel maps. It offers travellers an embedded scratch map to mark the countries they've travelled to, and it will work with its forthcoming companion app, which you can use to scan the included QR codes, giving you easy access to essential travel info specific to your location.
"It also has checklists to help plan your trips and pack your bags, and many blank pages to write down your thoughts, and stick in your photographs, tickets and travel plan," says Khaled. "Each blank page has a different inspiring quote or proverb on travel by writers and travellers. We launched in Egypt with 500 copies that were sold out in a week, and we plan to launch internationally very soon. We're excited to see where Wanderkit goes in the coming year."