I was so pleased to receive this diary – my first ever Quo Vadis product. I’d heard so much about the quality of the construction, the superb paper, so I had high expectations. I was not disappointed!
Starting from the beginning…
The cover is a cheerful shade of red and has a lovely soft, non-slip feel. Putting the little indentation on the front was a good idea – it meant that I opened it the right way round every time. A small point, but makes a difference to me.
Inside, I appreciate the tear-off corners. Saves me hacking at the pages with scissors, as I do in my other planners, and then finding that I have cut off the last digits of a telephone number.
The page layout is great too – I prefer diaries/planners which give equal space to Saturdays and Sundays as well as weekdays, and I like to have space for notes. I already use a large format month-to-view as my main planner, as it has space for me to write in all my lesson plans as a peri teacher. I also use my smartphone for appointments as it will sync to the PC.
So, what could I use this sweet little pocket diary for? I tried using it a for “comment-a-day” and weekly “to-do” list, with a tracker (little coloured squares) in the margin for things like harpsichord practice, remembering midday meds etc. Just a few weeks was enough to convince me – compared to my current planner, the paper is whiter, smoother, my fountain pen ink doesn’t bleed through, and the printing is clearer. Perfect.
Sadly, I’m going to have to abandon the Traveller though, however much I like it, because it is too small to fit everything in, and I don’t want to have to carry a whole library of books around with me all the time.
BUT, having tried it, I am converted to the benefits of Quo Vadis quality. I’m definitely going to replace my current large planner with a Quo Vadis product at the end of this term. I’m looking forward to a planner/diary that has whiter paper, clearer printing, and is fountain-pen-friendly. My short time with the QV IB Traveler has convinced me that this is the way to go – can’t wait for May when the new academic diaries come out!