Nice find on the Internets, the Art of Backpacking. Chockful of helpful advise from a couple of globetrotters. From their "About" page:
Who is Art of Backpacking? What is the Art of Backpacking? We’re Mike and Teresa and we developed this site after our first trip backpacking abroad. It became a place to share our adventure with the world and now it is a place to inform others about the wonderful journey that is backpacking. It’s cutting travel costs, but not cutting the exciting elements of adventure. Our mission is to help you travel in style; to distinctive places and to have fun doing so!
Mention of a favorite notebook here.