Sneak Peek: Midori Traveler’s Notebook Blue Edition with PanAm Accessories

When you’re a mile high and looking to channel creatively or merely fly through to-do lists, it feels good to write in first class. Not the section or cabin — the notebook.

Midori recently announced their newest special edition of the Traveler’s Notebook โ€“ the Blue edition. Suffice to say, it’s classy and features some fun flight-themed customization options. This will be launched in the regular size of the Traveler’s Notebook.

The blue leather cover isn’t the only special edition product by Midori…. it will be also accompanied by a special collection of accessories all themed after PanAm, the historic U.S. airline. While the Traveler’s Notebook didn’t exist during the era of PanAm, you can almost imagine the stewardesses and pilots carrying these notebooks on their travels (photoshopped image below).

Among the themed accessories, you’ll find two refills (one in graph and one in blank), a zippered pocket insert, two sets of themed stickers (one themed after the PanAm globe logo, the other after the PanAm wings logo), and a blue pen holder with the PanAm logo.

All the PanAm accessories are pictured here
The two notebook refills – one in graph and one with blank pages – are outfitted with PanAm airline graphics of the era.
The zippered pocket insert can hold all kinds of things in the large pocket on the left, and various business cards on the right.
Two sets of PanAm-themed stickers help you customize your Traveler’s Notebook to match your personal style.
The PanAm themed pen holder matches the blue leather and keeps your pen snug.

The Blue Edition TN and the PanAm accessories were released in Japan earlier this month, but it won’t be arriving into the United States (a.k.a. Goulet Pens) until sometime closer to May. Make sure you sign up for our email notification list on each of these product’s pages to be the first to know when they hit our shelves.

So what do you think, does the Blue/PanAm edition strike your fancy?

Write On,
The Goulet Company Team

2017-10-06T18:49:40+00:00 April 7th, 2015|Pen News|55 Comments
  • I really really really want to get this. I loved Pan Am! And I love the Jet Age, the classic America that I was raised in. It also helps that I’ve been meaning to buy a Midori forever. I love the classic brown leather but come on, it’s Pan Am blue, and who want’s to be the 1 millionth person to have a regular brown Midori, Pan Am Flight 1967 from LAX to Honolulu is now boarding at Gate Nostalgia, Team Goulet please report to the VIP lounge, and 1st class passengers please step forward to start boarding.

    • Tom Johnson

      Good Kenny! This looks like a lot of fun. Plus these are so practical with so many options to customize them. My Midori Passport is my EDC, fully customized. I love it. The paper is awesome, very thin, smooth, no bleed through with nearly every ink and nibs up to 1.5 mm.

      Will all passengers please return their seats and seat trays to their full upright locked position. And please close all inkwells tightly and store them in a leak proof bag or container. We are getting ready to take off.

      Sir! You will have to seal that Diamond 50 cap tightly and put it away, we will be airborne in a few minutes. Is that the new Mini Vac pen?

      • Ooo I want the new Mini Vac!

        • Madigan

          Hahaha! You guys are hilarious!! I’m really excited about this notebook too. I feel like it will age really beautifully. I haven’t gotten myself a Midori…. yet! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Ann Pace

      I too loved Pan Am. I was on a flight from LAX to Sydney in December of 1968. The plane was held on the ground for a couple of hours in Honolulu, probably (I am guessing) so that our flight path over the South Pacific would come close to the flight path of the Apollo 8 on its return from moon orbit. Better than Disneyland, Brian, seeing that space capsule enter the atmosphere! I was not flying first class, but I remember the lounge area in the back of the cabin and the elegant turkey over puff pastry that they served at the midnight buffet. All in all great service.
      I just may be able to justify a Midori now. It looks gorgeous.

  • I really really really want to get this. I loved Pan Am! And I love the Jet Age, the classic America that I was raised in. It also helps that I've been meaning to buy a Midori forever. I love the classic brown leather but come on, it's Pan Am blue, and who want's to be the 1 millionth person to have a regular brown Midori, Pan Am Flight 1967 from LAX to Honolulu is now boarding at Gate Nostalgia, Team Goulet please report to the VIP lounge, and 1st class passengers please step forward to start boarding.

  • Steven Aves

    I really like it. Look, I’ve owned my travel agency for 30 years – I remember Pan Am. I’ll leave it at that for now. Would I buy it? Not now. It’s too expensive for me to test the “Midori system.” I’m testing the options for me to return to journaling via a pen and paper route.
    I watched your video on how you use the Midori Passport and what options it offers – to me, it seems too busy. Without the “busyness” it’s pricy.
    Then again, it’s Pan Am, it’s gorgeous blue, it’s leather. ….

    • Madigan

      I hear that, Steven! Some people really love it but it’s a larger up front investment in a notebook. The customization part and the fact that it’s well made and durable make that a little more manageable. It’s not for everyone though! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Steven Aves

        I’ve got two leather Daytimer covers I’ve resurrected for my journey back to handwriting. The “pocket” sized (not in any pocket I know of) is really nice with a little 6 ring binder in the center. The other is a simple suit jacket “wallet” size – 6 3/4″ tall and 4″ wide. I’m testing to see what I really will use.
        I’ll watch Brian’s video again.

    • Aquaria

      A Daytimer leather Malibu wallet planner, the closest thing they have to the Midori Traveler, is $109–without the calendars, which typically run around $20-30, depending on where you shop.

      http://www.daytimer.com/daytimer/browse/product/Malibu+Leather+Snap-Tab+Currency+Wallet+Pocket+Size++%288196%29/8196

      You can get the Midori Traveler Regular size for less than $129, and that will include the inserts you’ll need to use it as a planner for months (or even years!).

      My total expense on the MTN, up front, was:

      $57 for the notebook
      $15 Leather Pen holder
      $13 for the Weekly Planner with Memo
      $11 for the Monthly Planner
      $ 9 for the Zipper Case
      $ 8 for the Business Card Pocket File
      $ 6 for the Pocket Seal
      $ 6 for the spare Refill Bands
      __________________________
      $115 Total

      That will make the MTN the equivalent of the compact leather Daytimer, and it’s STILL cheaper. If that’s not enough, I’ve rounded prices UP, not down with the Midori. Shop around and you can definitely find all of those items cheaper than what I’ve listed. A certain South American River retailer usually carries the Black and Brown versions in the $35-40 range, and many of the inserts or accessories for at least 10% off what I’ve listed, so you can easily get the price below $100. If that’s not enough, the Daytimer still can’t touch the MTN for flexibility and durability. And no annoying rings or spirals to get in the way.

      More importantly I know, already, that the Midori paper can handle my fountain pens. I don’t have that guarantee with the Daytimer, and I wouldn’t trust their paper, anyway. What I’ve used in the past from them has consistently been junk in comparison to what Midori offers.

  • Steven Aves

    I really like it. Look, I've owned my travel agency for 30 years – I remember Pan Am. I'll leave it at that for now. Would I buy it? Not now. It's too expensive for me to test the "Midori system." I'm testing the options for me to return to journaling via a pen and paper route.
    I watched your video on how you use the Midori Passport and what options it offers – to me, it seems too busy. Without the "busyness" it's pricy.
    Then again, it's Pan Am, it's gorgeous blue, it's leather. ….

  • Tom Johnson

    Good Kenny! This looks like a lot of fun. Plus these are so practical with so many options to customize them. My Midori Passport is my EDC, fully customized. I love it. The paper is awesome, very thin, smooth, no bleed through with nearly every ink and nibs up to 1.5 mm.

    Will all passengers please return their seats and seat trays to their full upright locked position. And please close all inkwells tightly and store them in a leak proof bag or container. We are getting ready to take off.

    Sir! You will have to seal that Diamond 50 cap tightly and put it away, we will be airborne in a few minutes. Is that the new Mini Vac pen?

  • isolde100

    I am surprised to see these Pan Am items are going to be sold in the US. I was in Tokyo last year and saw a few Pan Am and Braniff accessories at the Midori Travelers Factory store, but the fine print on the product packaging stated that they were not authorized for sale in the US. I’m guessing there were trademark problems and that now they have been resolved.

    • Madigan

      Hi Isolde! Yeah, we are really happy to be able to carry them. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • isolde100

    I am surprised to see these Pan Am items are going to be sold in the US. I was in Tokyo last year and saw a few Pan Am and Braniff accessories at the Midori Travelers Factory store, but the fine print on the product packaging stated that they were not authorized for sale in the US. I'm guessing there were trademark problems and that now they have been resolved.

  • Winnie Dolderer

    Amazing drawing of Ghandi and love the sentiments. Pretty color ink, I was surprised how easily it was to read it.

  • Ooo I want the new Mini Vac!

  • Madigan

    Hahaha! You guys are hilarious!! I'm really excited about this notebook too. I feel like it will age really beautifully. I haven't gotten myself a Midori…. yet! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Madigan

    I hear that, Steven! Some people really love it but it's a larger up front investment in a notebook. The customization part and the fact that it's well made and durable make that a little more manageable. It's not for everyone though! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Madigan

    Hi Isolde! Yeah, we are really happy to be able to carry them. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Madigan

    Hey Kathy! Adam's work is so awesome. I'd never seen this ink in action either- definitely gorgeous. We are throwing around the idea of doing some sort of print making… We'll be sure to keep you in the loop! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Madigan

    Thanks for the heads up on that! We've fixed it now. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Madigan

    Hey Jenn! It's good to hear you are enjoying them. I got to work with a VP for one of my first Monday Matchups and totally fell in love. Pen and ink are really fun to work with so I hope you find a fun class in your area! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Madigan

    You are so welcome, Otter!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Madigan

    Well said, Greg!

  • Madigan

    I'm really into this ink now that I've seen it in action. Is it one you've used before? Always good to hear from you, Tom! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Madigan

    Hi Winnie! I always think that yellow inks are going to be too light, but you are totally right about this one. Gorgeous and legible! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Steven Aves

    I've got two leather Daytimer covers I've resurrected for my journey back to handwriting. The "pocket" sized (not in any pocket I know of) is really nice with a little 6 ring binder in the center. The other is a simple suit jacket "wallet" size – 6 3/4" tall and 4" wide. I'm testing to see what I really will use.
    I'll watch Brian's video again.

  • Brandon

    I bought this from The Journal Shop in the UK (I live in the US) because I am impatient. I arrived at my door on the 2nd of April. I absolutely love it! The color is amazing, and the Midori system if exactly what I was looking for. I recommend Midori to anyone who is looking for a new journal. If you are on the fence about buying one, you won’t be disappointed. I need to pick up a PanAm blank notebook before it is all said and done. I added a mini review of the paper to reddit, /r/fountainpens and /r/midori if anybody wants to see some (not so good) photos of it. I’ve only had it for 5 days, but I know that this notebook will be with me for a very long time.

    • Madigan

      Glad you are enjoying it Brandon! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Brandon

    I bought this from The Journal Shop in the UK (I live in the US) because I am impatient. I arrived at my door on the 2nd of April. I absolutely love it! The color is amazing, and the Midori system if exactly what I was looking for. I recommend Midori to anyone who is looking for a new journal. If you are on the fence about buying one, you won't be disappointed. I need to pick up a PanAm blank notebook before it is all said and done. I added a mini review of the paper to reddit, /r/fountainpens and /r/midori if anybody wants to see some (not so good) photos of it. I've only had it for 5 days, but I know that this notebook will be with me for a very long time.

  • Tom Johnson

    I have not used this ink yet Madigan. I tried to use Dragon Catfish Orange in a fountain pen but thought it was too hard to read. This is not, it is striking too. Seeing unique inks like this is one of the great things about Monday Matchups. This is an ink I may be adding to my wish list. Dying to see what it looks like with a 1.5 mm stub nib.

  • This may be the MTN to push me to finally pick up a Midori notebook.

    • Madigan

      Hey Phil! I know… the color is so nice! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • This may be the MTN to push me to finally pick up a Midori notebook.

  • Adrian Castillo

    I don't sketch, but I am partial to permanent inks. Therefore, I am tickled that GPC is carrying DeAtramentis permanent inks which allows me to mix my own colors. UT burnt orange, black cherry or Tyrian purple are just some colors that I am able to make myself. The possibilities are endless.

  • Steven Kling

    If I didn’t already order both the regular size (my appointments calendar) and the Passport size (notes and important information) from you, I’d be ordering now. Just can’t justify having three! But it looks SO good! I’m glad to see Midori doing these special editions. I missed the boat (pun intended) on the Star Ferry edition.

    • Madigan

      Hey Steven! I’m sure you are enjoying the two you have… the blue is so fun though! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Steven Kling

    If I didn't already order both the regular size (my appointments calendar) and the Passport size (notes and important information) from you, I'd be ordering now. Just can't justify having three! But it looks SO good! I'm glad to see Midori doing these special editions. I missed the boat (pun intended) on the Star Ferry edition.

  • Aissatou Sunjata

    Am I to understand you can use these inks in your fountain pens?

  • Ann Pace

    I too loved Pan Am. I was on a flight from LAX to Sydney in December of 1968. The plane was held on the ground for a couple of hours in Honolulu, probably (I am guessing) so that our flight path over the South Pacific would come close to the flight path of the Apollo 8 on its return from moon orbit. Better than Disneyland, Brian, seeing that space capsule enter the atmosphere! I was not flying first class, but I remember the lounge area in the back of the cabin and the elegant turkey over puff pastry that they served at the midnight buffet. All in all great service.
    I just may be able to justify a Midori now. It looks gorgeous.

  • David

    Gimmick, and that’s the second time I’ve said this about a notebook today – the other was with the Zequenez.

    • Aquaria

      You’ve never used it, so how do you know it’s a gimmick?

  • Madigan

    Absolutely! You don't have to use them for sketching, they are great for writing as well! I'm glad you've enjoyed experimenting. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Madigan

    Hi Aissatou! Yep! You can mix them up and have a permanent ink for your fountain pen. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Madigan

    Glad you are enjoying it Brandon! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Madigan

    Hey Phil! I know… the color is so nice! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Mary Bucklew

    Question for the GPC – since we are all about the pen, ’bout the pen, how does the Midori paper hold up against a nice flowing fountain pen? Feathering, bleeding etc?

    • Madigan

      Hey Mary! It’s actually really great for fountain pen use. With the craft paper you may see a bit of feathering, but other than that you should be good. Have you watched Brian’s review? He goes into how it does with FPs at the end. ๐Ÿ™‚ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmUbokv1HzQ

      • Tom Johnson

        Mary, Madigan is so right. I find the Midori paper to be super thin yet nearly every ink and pen nib I have used with the paper works perfectly without any bleed through. This includes nibs all the way up to 1.5 mm Lamy or TWSBI. Also about all of my numerous inks work great. Don’t know how Midori gets such a thin paper to be so fountain pen friendly but they do it. Their inserts are not cheap, but the quality is very high. I have not used the craft paper yet, but I have the weekly planner and lined, blank, and graph inserts. Brian’s videos sold me back when Midori Traveler’s Notebooks were first offered. Had my passport size ever since and it is with me every day. I love it.

  • Mary Bucklew

    Question for the GPC – since we are all about the pen, 'bout the pen, how does the Midori paper hold up against a nice flowing fountain pen? Feathering, bleeding etc?

  • Madigan

    Hey Steven! I'm sure you are enjoying the two you have… the blue is so fun though! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Madigan

    Hey Mary! It's actually really great for fountain pen use. With the craft paper you may see a bit of feathering, but other than that you should be good. Have you watched Brian's review? He goes into how it does with FPs at the end. ๐Ÿ™‚ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmUbokv1HzQ

  • Tom Johnson

    Mary, Madigan is so right. I find the Midori paper to be super thin yet nearly every ink and pen nib I have used with the paper works perfectly without any bleed through. This includes nibs all the way up to 1.5 mm Lamy or TWSBI. Also about all of my numerous inks work great. Don't know how Midori gets such a thin paper to be so fountain pen friendly but they do it. Their inserts are not cheap, but the quality is very high. I have not used the craft paper yet, but I have the weekly planner and lined, blank, and graph inserts. Brian's videos sold me back when Midori Traveler's Notebooks were first offered. Had my passport size ever since and it is with me every day. I love it.

  • Aquaria

    My Midori Traveler!

    I so love this notebook, but I’d hesitated to buy it. Black and Brown were simply too plain for me, then they came out with this gorgeous, elegant blue, and it was love at first sight. It’s my everyday agenda for personal and college use, and also my travel journal (of course!). I was constantly dissatisfied with planners before the Midori. They were either too big, too bulky, or too limited in what they could do. You were stuck with things you didn’t want, or didn’t have. Not anymore! Now I have the planner of my dreams, set up exactly how I want and need it to be.

    My husband got so tired of hearing me rave about it those first few months that he irritably asked, “Just what is so great about that stupid #%ยข&โ€ @ยง notebook?!” So I bought him a passport size in black and some refills I thought he might appreciate. He understood at last why I was so happy with my planner. He uses his MTN in a completely different way, for different reasons, but he’s equally as happy with his MTN as I am with mine.

    We never leave the house without our MTNs!