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Looking for the best kids travel journal that will keep your young ones busy on your next flying or road-tripping adventure? You came to the right place.

Are you sick and tired of boring long flights and car drives on your vacation?   It is time to eliminate boredom and turn your trip into a Fun-Filled and Happy Adventure!  

A Travel Journal For Kids - Andrzej Ejmont - Front Cover

Click the button and get your copy of “A Travel Journal for Kids” on Amazon now:

We have spent a tonne of hours flying and driving around with your kids and it is not always a relaxing time, right? Especially when our kids simply cannot sit still and are constantly asking “Are we there yet?” Haha… Funny, but not funny!

baby travel journal

Did you know that all the illustrations in the book were painted by Andrzej too 🙂 Which ones are your favorite?

Wouldn’t it be nice to have something in the car or on the flight for our kids to play with, scribble in, journal in, draw… and how about something that is an all-in-one thing?  And that’s how the idea for the kids’ travel journal was born! 

A Kids Travel Journal

Are you ready to make your next family adventure that much more fun for your kids? I know you are. Cause happy kids are in the back seat, and happy parents are in the front seat.

Let me tell you what travel journal ideas for kids we have in your new book here.

Why you should take A Travel Journal For Kids for your next family vacation?  

Bring with you your ultimate Travel Journal! It is filled to the brim with fun activities, games, treasure hunts, and spaces to jot down your favorite memories, draw, scribble, color in, and decorate with souvenirs found on the trip.  

Here are the things that you will enjoy: 

Tons of Super-Fun Travel Activities and Games

Go on ultimate treasure hunts, check out the fun crossword and word games, venture out on adventurous individual and family activities and so much more. 

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Finding Unique Travel Souvenirs

Engrave your travel memories inside your heart with guided activities to find magical souvenirs that you can collect and/or place into your travel journal. 

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Ultimate Travel Journaling Spaces

Scribble down the stories from your travels, draw, scribble, and color-in in prompted travel journal spaces as well as in your free play spaces. 

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Extraordinary Travel Journal Prompts for Kids

With your boredom buster of a kid’s travel journal, you are sure to have an unforgettable adventure like never before. 

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Your One-Of-A-Kind Scrapbook

Your travel journal comes with spaces where you can explore your creativity and create memories that will last forever.  

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Who is this Travel Journal For? 

This fun-filled travel activity book/child travel journal is great for kids 6-12. Not to say that the big kids can’t join in on the fun if they really want to.  

So, what are you waiting for?

A Travel Journal For Kids - Andrzej Ejmont - Lily with my book

Yes, this is my first test copy, hence the “Not for Resale” on the cover. 

Get your copy of this inexpensive kids to guided travel journal today and enjoy the family travels to the max.  

Go on your unforgettable adventure with The Best Travel Journal!

Click the button and get your copy of “A Travel Journal for Kids” on amazon now:

Testimonials from Happy Travelers

Here are some of the testimonials from travelers that purchased the book already:

“My kids absolutely love this children’s travel journal and all of the activities were really great. Our kids had a tonne of fun and it kept them busy for hours at a time.”

– Josephine B. –

“It’s really great that there are so many pages and a good variety of things to do in my travel journal so that the kids not get bored on the trip too easily.”

– Terry Campbell –

“Thanks Andrzej! Your book has made a big difference when it comes to the enjoyment of our road trips. It’s was really like sent from above…

Our children were so enthusiastic to go on all the treasure hunts and playing all the games. It was really great to see them so happy and to have a breather for ourselves as well. So, thank you lots! Keep it up and get some more out there for our road tripping wanderlusters!”

– Abby Townsend –

A Travel Journal For Kids - Andrzej Ejmont - Back Cover

From the Author:

“Hope that you have a fantastic time on your travels and that you enjoy the fun times with your new travel journal.

Your feedback is invaluable and I would love it if you left me a comment after you complete the trip. 

Biggest thank you for your time have a safe and wonderful time on your travels! “  – Andrzej Ejmont

TIP: Find out more about Andrzej and check out more of Andrzej Ejmont Art here .

What is a Travel Journal for Kids?

A travel journal, a travel diary, or a travel journal diary is a book where your kids can collect their memories in a form of written stories, scribbles, drawings, and scrapbooking.

A Travel Journal For Kids - Andrzej Ejmont - Cover

In our case, this children’s travel journal is a place where your kids will find a tonne of games and super-cool activities as well.

It is such a fun way to document your travels – and such a cool book for your kids to take back to school and share with their teacher and school friends.

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21 Best & Most Creative Travel Journals For Kids

by Sophie Bellamy | May 25, 2023 | Travel Buyer Guides | 0 comments

Best Travel Journals for Kids

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Are you looking for the best kid friendly travel diaries for your next family trip? Whether you're on the hunt for paper or digital travel journals, we've got your kids covered in today's post.

Kids can get a lot out of keeping a travel diary. Journaling is fun, encourages creativity, and makes for a great souvenir to look back on. Plus, a journal with activities will keep kids quiet and give them something to do on long journeys, which is a total parenting win!

We’ve picked out our favorite kids’ travel journals that cater to every type of trip. From short city tours to month-long overseas adventures, here are the best and most creative travel journals for kids.

UPDATE: The world of kids travel journals changes as quickly as my travel itinerary! This article was originally entitled “18 Best & Most Creative Travel Journals For Kids” and published in 2019. Since then I've continually updated the article with new kids journals as I've come across them and replaced out-of-print journals with new ones on the market. The list has grown to 18 19 20 21! If you know of any other good ones, leave a comment at the bottom of this post or e-mail [email protected] and I'll add them to the list. Thanks!

#1) Kid's City Guide & Journals by My Little City Explorer [NEW!]

My Little City Explorer

My little city explorer wants to encourage kids to be explorers, seek adventure, and make memories. Through their City Guides & Journals, kids will learn about city, find fun places to explore, and have a place to write down their experiences. Each book contains fun and educational activities like word searches, coloring pages, city specific trivia, the ASL alphabet, and more. Aileen Choi created the Exploring Toronto Home Edition for her daughter so that she and other kids that call Toronto home could explore nearby family friendly places. She's since expanded her series with Exploring Toronto Travel Edition and Exploring Chicago , with more city guides on the way.

#2) Journey Jotter Books

Journey Jotter Books by Jessie Mouw

Jessica Mouw felt that two things were missing from traditional kid's travel journals — activities to help kids process and remember their experience, and personalization to fit the traveler and their particular journey. She created Journey Jotter Books , a modular and expandable book filled with activity chapters custom built to fit each traveler and trip. The activity chapters are designed to engage kids in critical thinking and creativity, all while making lasting travel memories no matter where they are. Plus, every book is customized from the cover design to the chapters themselves. Journey Jotter Books are durable, easy to write on, and offer a built-in plastic pouch for small keepsakes and a pencil.

#3) A Travel Journal for Kids by Wanderlust Storytellers

A Travel Journal For Kids by Wanderlust Storytellers

Andrzej Ejmont, his wife Jolene, and their three daughters have been traveling the world full time since 2015 and sharing their adventures and travel advice on their blog  WanderlustStorytellers.com . So they know a thing or two about traveling with kids! Which led Andrzej to create  A Travel Journal For Kids  – an 80 page color journal filled with fun kids' travel activities, games, and journal writing prompts. This is a great one for kids aged 6-12.

#4) Lonely Planet Kids – My Travel Journal

My Travel Journal by Lonely Planet Kids

Lonely Planet reigns supreme in the world of travel books, and it takes the crown for kids’ travel journals too with their Lonely Planet Kids: My Travel Journal hardcover edition. This journal is suitable for ages 5-8 and is bright, fun, and conveniently backpack-sized. There’s loads of space to draw, collage, and make notes across 77 well-designed pages. It also includes plenty of writing topic suggestion and activities to help get the creative juices flowing.

#5) Geo Journey Travel Journal

Kids Geo Journey Travel Journal

The Geo Journey Travel Journal is a handmade travel journal that is the perfect option to inspire kids to learn about the world. Each of the 26 beautifully designed pages are packed full of information on things like flags and cities to get children thinking about different countries in an engaging and creative way. There's lots of space to stick tickets and other mementos, and there's room for older kids to keep a diary of their travels too. The journal measures 7.8” x 7.8” and comes with a cute little passport which has a page for the child to complete their name and address and add a photo. Plus, plenty of pages for stamps.

#6) Wee Society Interactive Travel Diary

Go My Adventure Kids Travel Journal

The award-winning creative team at Wee Society have put together a colorful, vibrant, and super fun travel diary for kids aged 4-8. Go! My Adventure Journal is a gorgeous 9.3” x 6.8” journal packed full of thought-starters to help kids capture the cool things they see and do. There are tons of activities crammed into this travel diary, including stickers and postcards to send home. This journal aims to gamify travel with a series of adventure badges to be earned.

#7) Little Writing Company Personalized Travel Journal

Time To Travel Custom Kids Travel Journal

Time To Travel is a pocket-sized travel journal is pretty simple and stripped down to the basics, but the option to personalize the cover is a nice touch. There’s space for 14 days of vacation journaling as well as lots of room to stick photos and ticket stubs. The diary also includes plenty of activities and exercises to complete to keep kids entertained on long travel days. The book is aimed at children aged 6 and over and comes with a protective cover so it can be safely stowed away in their backpacks.

#8) The Little Mews Travel Journal Kit

The Little Mews Kids Travel Journal Kit

This spectacular handmade, customizable travel journal is made to order and contains over 140 individual items. The Little Mews Travel Journal Kid with its cool vintage design is aimed at older children (adults will love it too), and it has everything they’ll need to get creative and be entertained on long journeys. The comprehensive kit includes a world map, travel prompts, and packing lists. Plus it also contains pens, markers, tags, and color-coordinated papers.

#9) Luckies of London Scratch Off World Map Diary

Luckies of London Scratch Off World Map Diary

Luckies of London's Travelogue Scratch Off World Map Diary is best suited to older children who want to keep travel diaries. The cool thing about this option is that it contains eight scratch maps. Each one represents a different part of the world so your kids can keep it with them as they travel and scratch off every country they see. The journal is compact and easy to travel with, but there’s still plenty of space for planning trips and keeping diaries.

#10) Pomegranate Travel Journal: Map of Europe

Travel Journal Map of Europe

Pomegranate Journals produces a series of kids’ travel journals themed around different parts of the world. This European edition, Travel Journal: Map of Europe , has a year planner to note down upcoming adventures, and there’s space to create packing lists. Kids can keep a daily log of their vacation and there are plenty of pages reserved for scrapbooking, too. The journals contain 100 pages and are 10” x 8” which is a large enough size for younger kids to be able to get to grips with.

#11) The Alphabet Gift Shop Personalized Kids Travel Journal

Alphabet Gift Shop Personalized Kids Travel Journal

This simple, pocket-sized journal is available in two colors and can be customized with the owner’s name and their vacation destination. The Personalized Kids Travel Journal by The Alphabet Gift Shop doesn’t contain any activities and is designed to be used as a diary, so it’s best suited to older children. The journal comes with a pack of colorful pencils.

#12) Travel Journal Books: My Trip to Costa Rica

Travel Journal Books My Trip to Costa Rica

The company behind this My Trip to Costa Rica travel journal stocks lots of versions for a huge variety of countries, so kids can collect them as they travel to new parts of the world. Measuring 9.2” x 7.5” and containing 102 pages, there’s plenty of space to keep a detailed diary and draw pictures. The country-specific design of this journal is intended to be educational as well as fun, and each edition includes trip ideas, packing lists, activities, themed facts, and puzzles.

#13) Leather Writing Travel Notebook by Maleden

Leather Writing Travel Notebook by Maleden

If your kids aren't into activity books and would rather feel like an old fashioned Indiana Jones inspired adventurer, they will love this Leather Travel Notebook by Maleden with a compass on the front cover to remind them of the places they'll go. This notebook is unlined and good for drawing maps, sketching ideas, or writing notes. The pages are also moveable and refillable so your kids can turn their notes into an album at the end of the trip. It could work for all ages, but best for older kids.

#14) Oh, the Places I’ve Been – Dr. Seuss

Oh The Places I've Been Journal

If you’re a fan of Dr. Seuss, then Oh, the Places I've Been! Journal is for you! Based on the ever-popular book, this travel journal is packed full of inspirational quotes and colorful artwork. This pocket-sized journal contains 160 pages which are mostly lined, so it’s definitely better suited to high-school age kids who want to keep a diary of their travels.

#15) Peter Pauper Press Kids’ Travel Journal

Kids Travel Journal by Peter Pauper Press

This super-colorful kids’ travel journal is 96 pages of interactive and educational fun. Kid's Travel Journal by Peter Pauper Press offers space to keep a daily diary and paste in tickets and mementos, and there’s a little pocket to tuck away small souvenirs. Kids can learn with this journal too, with fun world facts, puzzles, and maps. This journal is 8.3” x 6.3” and is recommended for kids aged 7-12.

#16) Mudpuppy Kids’ Travel Journal

Kids Travel Journal by Mudpuppy

Kids' Travel Journal by Mudpuppy has a great design and is hardy enough to be slung in a backpack and taken on adventures around the world. Mudpuppy markets this travel journal as being suitable for kids aged 5-13, but older kids would probably appreciate the illustrations and activities more. That being said, there are plenty of guided activities for younger kids to get stuck into, and there’s lots of space for note taking and scrapbooking.

#17) Willow Day DIY Travel Journal for Kids

Willow Day DIY Travel Journal for Kids

If none of the options on our list tick all your boxes, there’s always the option to make a your kids a DIY travel journal. This unique design by Willow Day is fun, compact, and can be clipped to backpacks for on-the-go note taking. Older kids can even help make their own travel journals for themselves or as cute gifts for their friends.

#18) One Second Everyday App

One Second Everyday Digital Travel App

Digital travel journaling has seen a huge rise in popularity in recent years, and the One Second Everyday App is a really fun take on travel diaries. As you might have guessed from the name, this app records one second of footage every day, which is then stitched together to make a beautifully emotive travel video. The app is easy enough for older kids to use and is free on iOS and Android.

#19) Day One App

Day One Travel Journal App for Kids

Day One App is the most popular journaling app on the market, and although it isn’t geared specifically towards travel, it’s perfect for older kids to take along on adventures. The clean design is simple to use and makes it easy to add photos, sketches, and audio to written entries. The On This Day feature is a nice touch that lets the user look back on vacations gone by. Day One is free to download but is only available on iOS.

#20) Travel Diaries App

Travel Diaries App

Travel Diaries App is the perfect combination of digital journal and physical travel diary. Layouts are customizable and photos and maps can be added. Kids can keep their online diary private or they can turn the diary into a blog to share it with family and classmates via social media. And once their trip is over, there’s the option to print the diary as a souvenir of their travels. Travel Diaries is available on computers, laptops, and tablets and the company is also in the process of developing an app.

#21) Little B & The Boy Travel Journal

Little Boy and the B Travel Journal

Here's a new travel journal for kids aged 4-9 called Little B & The Boy Travel Journal . The creator, Andrea Walsh e-mailed me after seeing this post and I'm happy she did because this is one cool little journal. Her goal is to engage kids in their environment and have them think about how they feel about new experiences. Each day, the child circles the date, weather, their feelings, and who they were with. Then, with your help or on their own, they write in what they did, ate, and learned and why the day was great. The back of each page allows for additional memories and drawings. Andrea also has a “See It Check It” discovery journal which is more photo oriented for non readers or early readers.

What are your thoughts on kids travel journals?

That concludes our list of the best, most creative travel journals for kids. If you travel as a family, do you encourage your kids to journal? If you have a journal to recommend, let us know in the comments or drop us an email. Happy journaling!

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Posted on Last updated: October 5, 2022

A kids travel journal is the perfect road trip or air travel activity! Give the kids something to do as they travel, make memories, and reflect on new experiences. #kidstravel #traveljournal

A kids travel journal is the ultimate fun and memorable activity on a family vacation! You know all that time in the car or on the airplane? Use it wisely and have your kids reflect on what they’ve seen, eaten, and experienced!

Do your kids love to look back at old photos? What about old school papers and accomplishments?

A kids travel journal is the perfect road trip or air travel activity! Give the kids something to do as they travel, make memories, and reflect on new experiences. #kidstravel #traveljournal

Both of my kids do, especially my daughter. She is my child who likes to write stories, make lists, and have written and physical souvenirs of past adventures. If you’ve followed this blog at all you may have seen or downloaded the original kids travel journal I created for her.

While we still LOVE it, and it’s been great for past travels and adventures, the child is ready for something new.

That’s why I put together this new journal. Next week we’re heading off on a Spring Break road trip, and it requires something new and fresh for her to put her mind to!

In a hurry?

Scroll to get the travel journal bonus! Or PIN it for later here !

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The journey, not the arrival matters. – T.S. Elliot

What’s new in this kids travel journal?

First of all, I looked at quite a few ideas from my kids and others who’d used our original journal before. How could we make it better, more user-friendly, and still super-fun and engaging for kids?

One of the first things I did was change the size of the journal. Instead of a full page, I changed it to a half-sheet printout.

Why do you ask? Well, the half-sheet size is easier to travel with. It will fit in all sizes of bags, purses, backpacks, as a bookmark in a book, you name it.

It makes it easier to pull out and write/draw on any place you go whether it be in a car, a museum , or when you sit down to rest during a hike .

Record and reflect on family vacations with this printable kids travel journal. Fun and easy to take on the go, it's perfect for road trips, air travel, or any kids' outing! #kidstraveljournal #travelprintable

Another thing that’s changed is the amount of color vs. white space.

This journal has some pictures and colors, but not as much as the last one. It was done on purpose so it’s easier to print out either in black and white, full color, or grayscale, depending on your preference. This also lets the child doodle in the edges and put in their own colors.

In addition, I’ve added some more prompts to spark kids’ imaginations.

For example, there’s a page for the day with the weather, how I feel, and other things listed. But then there are also pages on what I ate today, where I’m sleeping, who I saw, etc.

Depending on the kid, you may want to use all the pages or just a few and make more copies based on the length of the trip.

Filling out the kids travel journal. #kidstravel #printables

List of travel journal activity pages

  • Cover Page: My Travel Journal
  • Name and contact page with space to draw a self-portrait
  • Where in the world are you going? A world map to record where you travel.
  • Where in the USA are you going? A map of the USA to record where you travel.
  • Today’s Date:
  • The weather was:
  • Three things I did today:
  • Today I traveled by:
  • Written prompts: Three words to describe today, I miss…, I tried something new today!, I felt…
  • Out my window is a place to draw what they’ve seen out their window today!
  • Tonight we are staying… (where, and place to draw it)
  • Written prompts 2: The best thing about today was…, my least favorite thing was…, three words to describe this city/town are…, three questions I have are…
  • Today I learned a new word! This page includes a word bubble with an area to draw and a field to describe what it means.
  • Today I saw this! Includes a space to draw/color and descriptive words.
  • Here is a portrait of a person I saw today.
  • Today I saw this animal.
  • Trip Reflection page

Pages of the kids travel journal with a pen. #kidstraveljournal #kidsactivities

It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to. – J.R.R. Tolkien

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Sign up for Explorer Momma’s newsletter and get the NEW Kids Travel Journal as a bonus! If you’re already on our list, awesome! You can still download the journal!

Preview of the new kids travel journal #kidstravel #kidstraveljournal

How to download the kids travel journal

First, enter your first name and email in the field below. Second, in a few minutes or so you should receive an email. Click on the button in the email to download the PDF to your computer.

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It’s that simple! Print out the entire thing or pick and choose the pages your child would most enjoy.

What do you think of the journal?

So far the journal has met approval with my own kids. We’ll be giving it the full road trip test next week, and I can’t wait to see how it goes!

After this one, as my daughter gets older we may turn to a basic blank journal with a few travel quotes here and there.

However, for now, when they’re in elementary school, this style of a journal is still appealing. It also makes kids think a bit about their travels. Who they’ve seen, what they’ve done, cultural differences, etc.

Do please let me know if you use it with the kids in your life! I hope it’s useful, and let me know if you have any suggestions to make it even better!

PIN it here for later:

An easy to use kids travel journal is perfect for any family vacation! Whether the kids are on a road trip, airplane, or train it makes a memorable travel diary. #traveljournal #kidstraveljournal

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Wednesday 5th of April 2023

Brilliant! Thank you for sharing!

You're welcome! I hope you enjoy it! 😊

Selina Winter

Wednesday 8th of June 2022

Hi, I'm looking forward to use this lovely journal while we'll visit America. Could you send me a full size Version of this? Thanks a million! Warm wishes from Europe :-) Selina

Saturday 11th of June 2022

Sent it! Have a great trip!

Tuesday 26th of April 2022

I'd love a copy of the full pages if available ASAP! Thank you so much! These are great!

Wednesday 25th of May 2022

Thanks so much! Sorry, it's taken a while, but I do have the full-page journal. I'll send it over to you!

Saturday 12th of June 2021

A great resource thanks Lauren... The kids are pretty excited about it too. I'd love a copy of the full pages too if possible. Thanks again... Nathan

I just sent it over Nathan! Hope you enjoy it! I will try to change the download to provide both sizes from now on.

Monday 31st of May 2021

Is it possible to print this as full pages? Thanks!

Saturday 5th of June 2021

Hi Teresa! The original was done as half sheets, but I can also email you the full size. If you don't get it let me know what would be a better email to send it to. Thanks for the request - I've been meaning to update it this way for a while. I'd almost forgotten how much I like this journal!

20 Best Travel Journals to Document Your Trips

Some include prompts and templates to help get you started.

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Last-minute planning of a trip can consist of chaotic lists in your phone's notes app while the chronicling of said trip may look like sporadic photos in your camera roll. But what if there was a collective place you could plan in advance and jot down funny moments along the way? A travel journal can culminate the ups (and downs) of your vacation with guided prompts and templates.

Our experts at Good Housekeeping Institute extended our expertise in the best photo book makers and best wedding planning books to research the best travel journals, a category we have not yet formally tested. We rounded up the best travel journals of 2023, whether you want a self-designed bullet journal or a notebook with fun maps and stickers. At the end of our list, you can find advice on how to start your travel journal as well as read more about why you can trust Good Housekeeping. And if you have a frequent traveler in your life besides yourself, check out our guide to the best travel gift ideas (although a journal is a great idea too!).

The Art of the National Parks: Park-Lover's Journal

The Art of the National Parks: Park-Lover's Journal

Perfect for the outdoors enthusiast in your life, this journal celebrates each of the 63 parks. It's 175 pages long and comes with prompts that'll help them chronicle their journey. It doesn't hurt that this journal has gorgeous illustrations of each park by real artists.

Papier Off Piste

Off Piste

Whether this is your first or fifth travel journal, or a gift for the college student in your life who's about to go abroad, Papier's notebooks will check all of the boxes. One GH editor has the Off Piste journal and loves the cover, a simple design that includes a meaningful quote, and appreciates the helpful templates you'll find inside the notebook. You'll be able to document up to six trips with templates for your budget, packing list, transportation, accommodation, itinerary and a journaling space for freestyle writing. There are also pages dedicated to a travel wishlist as well an illustrative map you can color in as you mark off countries you've visited.

Peter Pauper Press Page-A-Day

Journals can ring in at a variety of prices, but you can find a great travel journal for under $10 that will still give you enough space to write about your wanderings around the world. This leather-bound journal dedicates one page to each day of your trip, with spaces to add in the date, location and weather conditions (we especially like the delicate drawings for types of participation which you can circle with your pencil or pen). Dotted lines on the page will keep your entries neat and organized and an included ribbon bookmark will keep track of where you left off last. Even though this journal is pretty basic in design and on the smaller side, we think it's a great option for someone who doesn't want to spend too much on their first travel journal.

Clever Fox Vacation Planner

Vacation Planner

Amazon's Choice with a 4.6-star rating across over 900 customer reviews, this travel journal comes with more than just a notebook. You'll also get 150+ fun stickers to embellish your entries, plus the journal also has a pocket to hold the pages of stickers and an elastic band for your pen. But what makes this journal really stand out is its extensive range of templates geared towards helping you plan your trip. For five trips, you'll get pages for research and budget, a packing checklist, transportation and accommodation details and an expense tracker, plus a map and more journaling pages. If you like to plan out every detail, this is the perfect travel journal for your needs. We wish you could fit more than five trips in the journal, but for the price, it's a great value.

Peter Pauper Press Kids Travel Journal

Perfect for the adventure-inclined kiddo, this 96-page travel journal lets young travelers record everything from general entries about a trip to a packing list. Kids can even paste in photos, tickets and more and store the rest in the journal's back pocket. The journal is also full of games, maps, helpful phrases in other languages, metric information, quotes and fun facts. Not only is this kid-friendly journal a creative means to document their early adventures, but its accessories encourage international learning.

Leatherology Medium Spiral Snap Journal

Medium Spiral Snap Journal

Available in four hues including black onyx (pictured), brown, azure and lilac, this journal is made from gorgeous dyed leather with light gold hardware. You can choose from a spiral or bound format, but note that the spiral option has 130 perforated pages while the bound journal has 265 ruled sheets (or 128 pages). Regardless of which style you choose, you'll will get the benefit of a snap closure and a built-in pen loop, although the writing utensil is not included. We appreciate the versatility of this journal given the blank pages that let you doodle and write freely over the course of your next trip.

Mark and Graham Leather Bound World Travel Journal

Leather Bound World Travel Journal

This beautiful leather bound journal not only has pages for writing about your trips, but it also includes full-color maps of major cities plus world weather information, international dialing codes and more. A perfect gift for the international traveler, you can also add a foil debossed monogram to the cover if you want to add a personal flare to the notebook. We wish that the journal was available in more than one color, but the rust orange is a versatile enough choice that will stick out in a dark suitcase or bag.

Duncan & Stone Paper Co. World Trip Adventure Book

World Trip Adventure Book

An almost-perfect five-star rating on Amazon and the titular Amazon's Choice badge is enough to make you add this travel journal to your cart. The layflat design makes it easy to open and write on, and you'll have enough pages to reflect on 15 trips plus a back pocket for extra photos and blank pages for notes and random musings. What we love most about this journal are the helpful prompts that guide newbies through the process of journaling, with questions like "Where did you stay?." and "Something I learned from this destination/culture..." From basic to more thought-provoking questions, you'll have a boost of inspiration to help you document your journey.

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While the majority of picks on this list are physical journals, you can also document your trips through an app if you prefer a digital format or have minimal space in your luggage . Chief Technologist & Executive Technical Director at the GH Institute Rachel Rothman , says Day One is a solid choice with ample positive reviews from consumers. You can download the app for free on your iPhone, Android, iPad, Mac and Apple Watch. You'll get one journal for one device with the ability to add a photo per entry, plus templates, export capabilities and tags. If you want unlimited journals, devices and photos plus the option to add videos, audio recordings and more, opt for Day One Premium which rings in at $2.92 per month.

Extreme Assistants Classic Notebook

Classic Notebook

If you travel a lot, or tend to squish as much as you possibly can into your carry-on (we have all been there), you'll want a durable journal that can withstand being tossed around and bumping against other items in your bag. A faux leather hardcover and thick paper ensure your journal will stay intact as you travel to and fro. The manufacturer adds that the cover is designed to be easy to clean, which is helpful if you are journaling on the airplane or train and accidentally spill your drink. We also appreciate that you can add a photo or logo to the cover for an element of personalization, especially since the notebook is more basic in style.

Deanna Didzun The Traveler's Playbook: A World Travel Journal

The Traveler's Playbook: A World Travel Journal

Journaling of any kind can be intimidating as you don't always know where to start — even a notebook with guiding prompts can lead to partial writer's block. If this sounds like you, then opting for a book that has more structure and a variety of templates is the way to go. This popular travel journal has a 4.3-star rating on Uncommon Goods is designed by explorer Deanna Didzun who created illustrations and lists to help jog your memory of your most recent journey. You can give overall star ratings for each destination and write down food and drink highlights if you so please.

Smythson Travels and Experiences Panama Notebook

Travels and Experiences Panama Notebook

There are journals and then there are journals — and this beautiful handcrafted leather journal falls into the latter category. Bound in crossgrain lambskin and available in a light blue or scarlet red, you'll have 128 pages of lined Featherweight paper to fill. This notebook is all about quality and is designed to last, but with that comes a higher price tag. It would be a great gift for the writer in your life who loves to travel, but given its simple layout and lack of templates other travel journals can have, it may not be splurge-worthy for every traveler.

DesignWorks Ink Suede Travel Journal

Suede Travel Journal

If you or a friend is traveling to Santorini, Mexico and/or Sydney in the near future, you may want to opt for this travel journal inspired by each of those stunning cities. You can add personal information in the first page of the notebook and the 240 pages are lined with spaces to include the subject and date. Although the journal does not include prompts or templates, we love the eye-catching gold design and appreciate the ribbon bookmark to keep track of your last entry.

Moleskine Traveller's Journal

Traveller's Journal

Moleskine, the established brand that has been around for over two decades, is synonymous with traditional, high quality notebooks — and this travel-specific journal is no different. There are three sections for a travel wish list, short trips and long trips plus two sheets of stickers and a ribbon bookmark. The journal has a 4.6-star rating on Amazon across over 3,200 consumer ratings. One five-star review calls this notebook "the traveler's best friend," and notes how helpful it can be to keep track of places, restaurants and sites so you don't forget.

JB Leather Personalized Travel Notebook

Personalized Travel Notebook

For a personalized touch, this pick lets you choose from over 1,000 charm and stamp combinations including astrological charms, meaningful quotes and more . There are also three different vegan leather hues to choose from: cinnamon, cedar and sandy brown. The notebook has 18 plastic card slots, a zippered pocket for storage and a total of 152 lined pages. You can also refill the notebook as you cross places off your travel wish list. A best-seller on Etsy with a perfect five-star rating, this customizable notebook is popular among customers. Multiple reviews comment on the fast delivery, and its high-quality, beautiful appearance.

Transient Books Custom Travel Journal for Kids

Custom Travel Journal for Kids

With this journal, you can customize the cover color, font and cover map, as well as choose between 100- and 200-page books with lined, unlined and prompts variations. We love the various ways you can personalize this kid-friendly journal, making little ones that more excited to explore new places. The five-star seller has over 3,000 customer reviews on Etsy. And the travel journal doesn't just have to be a gift for the kids: Adult customers also said they enjoyed using the notebook for camping trips and vacations around the globe.

Compendium Everywhere You Go

Everywhere You Go

We have included travel journals on this list that have prompts but none like the unexpected ones in this notebook that will get your creative wheels turning. The questions may catch you off guard, but prompt thoughtful reflection: they range from "If this place had a perfume, it would smell like..." to, "If this place had a soundtrack, these songs would be on it." The notebook is Amazon's Choice and has a 4.5-star rating, with multiple customers calling it the perfect gift for the traveler in your life, whether you need a gift for a teen or a present for a thirtieth birthday .

PAPERAGE Dotted Journal Notebook

Dotted Journal Notebook

Keeping a bullet journal is a popular trend that can easily translate to an aesthetic yet meaningful travel journal. This popular bullet notebook has a 4.7-star rating on Amazon with over 18 color options to chose from including mustard yellow (pictured), burgundy, lavender, royal blue and more. The 5.7-by-8-inch dotted pages lend themselves to open-ended creativity. While it can be hard to start designing and writing a journal from scratch, you have the benefit of customizing how much space you want for each list or entry.

Polarsteps Travel Tracker

Travel Tracker

Physical journals are not everyone's cup of tea, which is where an app like Polarsteps comes into play. Available for iOS and Android devices, Polarsteps lets travelers track their journeys. You can utilize over 300 helpful guides created by travel editors, as well as use the itinerary planner to dream up your perfect vacation and check the transport planner when unsure of what mode of transportation to use from one destination to another. Once you begin your trip, plot each site you visit and slowly form a personalized map that you can embellish with photos and videos. From there, share your map with friends and family or turn it into a travel book to look back on for years to come.

Glad & Young Studio The Traveler's Journal

The Traveler's Journal

If you have a bookshelf with rows of novels, photo albums and notebooks, you may want an aesthetic-looking travel journal that fits your style. This leather notebook has 60 pages to document your travels, and is available in a neutral shade (pictured) as well as two marbled patterns that are unique to each purchase. We personally love the brightly colored assorted pattern that has swirls of lavender, yellow, fuchsia and blue. The lined pages are great for daily entries and you can also note the day and weather. Note that to clean, you'll want to wipe away and spills or messes with a soft cloth.

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The Best Baby Travel Items (We’ve Personally Tested Them All!)

Last Updated on January 19, 2024 by Kelly

Welcome to the world of traveling with a baby ! We’ve found that travel has only gotten better since our daughter was born. We travel more intentionally, often spending more time in one location than we would have done before kids. This has allowed us to really deepen our connection to a place, instead of seeing the main sights and moving on. One thing that we’ve learned is that having the right baby travel products can really help alleviate a lot of stress while traveling. That’s why we’re sharing our list of the best baby travel items . Each of these products we’ve personally tested ourselves, so we feel confident in recommending them to others.

There’s no getting around the fact that we need to carry more things around when we travel, but the products that help our baby sleep better and are easy to use have really made a difference for us. 

We have a lot of experience traveling with our little one. We drove 3,590 miles with our toddler on our last road trip, and we’ve flown with her domestically and internationally as well. Here’s our favorite items!

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate, I may earn commissions from qualifying purchases. The SnoozeShade products, FlyAway Kids Bed, RideSafer Vest, and Phil&Teds Travel Crib were gifted to us in exchange for an honest review.

The Best Baby Travel Items

1. doona stroller and carseat.

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The Doona is super easy to use . With the push of one button, the wheels extend, and you have a stroller ready to go. It’s approved for air travel or you can check it at the gate (which is what we did).

One of the best aspects of this product is that there’s no need to take the baby out while you’re switching from the stroller mode to carseat mode. If the baby is sleeping, there’s no need to wake the baby up and unbuckle them to transfer to a stroller. You just push the button and the wheels extend.

If you’re using public transportation, it’s super easy to install in a vehicle. When we spent two weeks in San Diego with our 6-month-old daughter, we were able to easily install the Doona in a taxi, Uber, or Lyft.

Another bonus is that this product saves space . If you’re going on a road trip, there’s no need to pack a stroller in the trunk, because it doubles as the carseat. (Hello trunk space!)

Another thing we loved about this stroller is its small turn radius . It was perfect for being in the city or navigating crowded markets.

The only downsides we can see to this product is that it’s a little heavier than some other carseats. However, that was hardly an issue because we never had to carry it around. We’d always release the wheels and use it as a stroller if it wasn’t in the car.

We highly recommend purchasing the Doona if you’re planning on traveling with a baby. It made such a big difference for our trips! 

Our daughter in the Doona stroller for our trip to San Diego

2. Phil&Teds Travel Crib

The second key item you’ll need when traveling is a travel crib . The advantage of having your own travel crib is that you won’t need to rely on hotels having them available, and you won’t need to worry if they are clean. When you bring your own travel crib, you also have the advantage that your baby is familiar with their sleep setting, which might make it easier for them to fall asleep. (And that would be totally worth it in-and-of itself!)

We were gifted the travel crib from Phil&Teds, and it’s been one of our favorite products. It weighs less than 7 pounds, so we were able to pack it inside our checked luggage for our flights. And on road trips, it was very easy to pack it in the car. We really appreciated that it was light enough to comfortably carry it into hotel rooms, up stairs, and across large properties.

Because this travel crib is so light, we were also able to easily carry it around the hotel. If we felt like heading to the pool, we could carry it down to the pool and our daughter would use it as a playpen. 

This has been another one of our very favorite travel products. 

Phil&Teds travel crib, one of our favorite baby travel items

3. Ergobaby 360 Baby Carrier

Baby-wearing is just the best for traveling. It’s so easy to move around , and you get to snuggle with your baby all day. If you’re traveling, you will likely be on your feet a lot. Make sure that you have a good product that feels comfortable for you and the baby. We loved the Ergobaby 360 because it was easy to use (no complicated wraps!) and super comfortable. If you have a newborn, be sure to purchase the infant insert so you can use it for a younger baby. We used our Ergo 360 on hikes, at Disney, and exploring cities. (If you have a standing desk at home, it’s also a great way to be able to work hands-free!)

our daughter with the Ergo baby carrier, one of the best baby travel items

4. Flyaway Kids Bed

Testing out the Flyaway Kids Bed for best toddler travel products

If you’re taking your child on a long flight, you’ll definitely want them to sleep comfortably. They’ll be more well-rested when you land at your destination, and you’ll need to entertain them for less time while on the plane. Any product that helps facilitate that process is worth its weight in gold in our opinion!

The Flyaway Kids Bed inflates quickly and is accepted on dozens of airline carriers. It transforms the seat into a comfortable bed for young children. (It also keeps toys from falling down on the floor!) It satisfies the International Air Transport Association’s guidelines for inflight comfort devices.

We can’t recommend this kids bed enough! We used this bed on a 10-hour red-eye flight, and our daughter was thankfully able to sleep for awhile during the flight. Our 3-year-old was just starting to get a little too big for the bed, although she fit on it when she curled up a bit. We think this bed would be perfect for young toddlers! 

We wrote a full post reviewing the Flyaway Kids Bed if you’d like more information. Be sure to check it out!

Review of the Flyaway Kids Bed

5. SnoozeShade Crib Canopy

This is the product we wish we would have had from the beginning. It’s helped our daughter sleep so much better when we travel! Before we had the SnoozeShade, we’d put our daughter to bed in her crib and she would be too distracted by a new hotel room (and our presence) to fall asleep. This canopy covers the crib so it’s dark and distraction-free . (This is especially helpful when staying in a hotel room and there are no other bedrooms!) Once we started using it, our daughter would fall asleep a lot faster. That meant that we all got better rest and we had more energy to spend enjoying our destination. This is easily one of the best baby travel products! We were gifted the SnoozeShade . You can purchase it on the SnoozeShade website and use my code WRITETRAVEL10 for a discount on a single product!

SnoozeShade, one of the best baby travel items

6. SnoozeShade Stroller Canopy

Thankfully SnoozeShade also gifted us a SnoozeShade for strollers . It fits over most strollers, and it protects from up to 99% of UV rays. We used this product all the time while we were visiting Arizona and Utah . We had a trip planned to visit several national parks, and we wanted to make sure that we could keep our daughter safe from sun exposure. This product helped us to feel a lot better because we always had a safe place from the sun with us. We just snapped it on over the stroller and it provided instant shade.

We also really liked this product because it helped us have naps on the go . We knew that on some days we wouldn’t be able to make it back to the hotel midday for a nap. This product kept the stroller nice and dark, which helped our daughter fall asleep more easily. Y ou can purchase it on the Snoozeshade website and use my code WRITETRAVEL10 for a discount on a single product!

SnoozeShade at Zion, one of the best baby travel products

7. White Noise Machine

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8. Packing Cubes

We never used packing cubes until we had a baby. Using packing cubes was such a game changer. Baby clothes are small, and the last thing you want to do is dig through your entire suitcase trying to find a missing sock or onesie. We put all of our daughter’s clothes in one cube, and it made it so much easier to find her outfits. 

our set of Veken packing cubes one of the best baby travel products

9. Silicone Bibs

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10. Jogging Stroller

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We’ve logged hundreds of miles on our Thule, and it’s in great shape. If you’re a runner, we highly recommend this stroller! The one downside is that it is bulky. If you’re tight on space, you might want to consider an alternative. But if you have the space and plan on spending a lot of time out on trails, this is an excellent stroller! 

Thule stroller at the Grand Canyon

11. New Toys

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We also really like using the Melissa & Doug Water WOW books ! The water pen is easy to use and you don’t have to worry about making a mess. 

12. Hiking Baby Carrier

If you’re a hiker, you’ll definitely need a child carrier. We used the Ergo when our daughter was young, and then switched to the ClevrPlus model when she was a toddler. We’ve gone on several hikes using this product. We like that it has a sun shade and rain flap . There’s a surprising amount of storage as well to carry water bottles, wipes, and diapers. Just be cautious when loading your child in and out of it. It’s possible for a toddler to tip it over if they push against something. We carried our daughter up to Delicate Arch using this carrier, and we found it to be easy to use and comfortable. 

Woman and baby at Mesa Arch using the Clevr child carrier, one of the best baby travel products

13. WAYB Pico Travel Car Seat

The WAYB Pico Travel Car Seat is the perfect travel car seat for toddlers. We purchased this car seat for our trip to Hawaii . What we like best about this car seat is that it’s super lightweight. It weighs just 8 pounds! It folds up as well, so it’s not super bulky. We think this is well worth it! We now use it as a spare carseat for my parents’ car, so we definitely get a lot of use out of it.

14. RideSafer Vest

Using the RideSafer Travel Vest in France (travel product for toddlers)

Once your child is 3-years-old or older (and meets the height/weight requirements), we highly recommend getting the RideSafer Vest . Instead of lugging around a heavy carseat for car safety, we just needed to pack this vest. The most important thing to consider is safety. At the time of this writing, this product meets or exceeds all crash test requirements and Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards for harness restraints (FMVSS213). If you’re like me, you’ll want to do your research and read all about the safety certifications. Be sure to check out the RideSafer website for full details, videos, and reviews!

This is a game-changing product, and we’re so glad we got one for our trip to Europe! The vest packed up very small, so we were able to pack it in our carry-on. My favorite thing about the RideSafer vest is that we could put it on  before entering a vehicle. This was perfect for taxi lines. While we were waiting, we would put on the vest. Once the taxi arrived, it was very simple to connect the harness to the seatbelt. 

Check out our full review of the RideSafer Travel Vest .

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We hope this post was helpful in finding the best baby travel products that will help you have a hassle-free and stress-free trip! 

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Disclaimer :  We always strive for content accuracy.   Since the time of publishing, travel-related information regarding pricing, schedules, and hours may have changed. Please look up such information directly from each vendor or institution for the most current information.

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Hi, I’m Kelly!

After studying abroad in Spain, I became passionate about international travel. Since then, I’ve traveled to 6 continents and 36 states within the United States. When I’m not travel blogging, you can find me hiking, reading books in Spanish, or playing cribbage. I hope my blog inspires you to see the world!

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Ohio Amber Alert: Missing 5-year-old found dead, foster mother arrested. What we know

Darnell Taylor, 5, was found dead in Columbus on Friday after his foster mother revealed his location upon her arrest, police said.

The statewide and federal law enforcement search that began Wednesday has ended after Columbus police announced they had located his body Friday.

Columbus Police Chief Elaine Bryant made the announcement Friday morning at a press conference , The Dispatch reported.

Darnell Taylor has been  the subject of an Ohio Amber Alert since early Wednesday  when his foster father called 911 around 3 a.m. to say his wife had told him the boy was dead, and he couldn't find the boy in the house on the 900 block of Reeb Avenue.

Here's what we know about the missing five-year-old and the woman wanted in the Amber Alert search :

What do police say?

Police took his foster mother Pammy Maye, 48, into custody shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday night in the 4000 block of Tiedeman Road in the Cleveland suburb of Brooklyn, The Dispatch reported. She told investigators where they could locate Darnell's body. Police found her wandering in a nightgown, Bryant said.

Maye told police that she left Darnell's body in a sewage drain in the 1000 block of Marsdale Avenue in Southwest Columbus. Investigators located the body shortly after 1 a.m. Friday.

Maye now faces murder charges in Taylor's death in addition to felony charges of kidnapping and endangering children, police said.

The boy had last seen around 3 a.m. at his home, Columbus police said at a press conference Wednesday morning.

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Columbus police worked with state and federal law enforcement to find the child, The Dispatch previously reported.

During his initial 911 call Wednesday to Columbus police, the child’s foster father and Maye’s husband said Maye killed the boy, according to an affidavit. He said that his wife told him that the boy was no longer alive, the records say.

The father told a 911 dispatcher that he searched the home for the boy before calling police. According to the court records, Maye held her hand over his mouth when he tried to make the call, saying she “had a plan.”

At a Wednesday update, police asked community members in the 43207 zip code, which is in the South Alum Creek neighborhood in Columbus' South Side, where Maye and Taylor live, to search their property for anything that may look suspicious or out of place.

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Maye, 48, lives on the 900 block of Reeb Avenue on the South Side, according to court documents. Neighbors who spoke to The Dispatch at their residences Thursday said they did not know Maye except in passing.

Police said Maye was driving a gray 2015 Jeep Cherokee with Ohio license plate JIGGZII. The vehicle was found unoccupied just before 6 a.m., Wednesday, in Brooklyn, a Cleveland suburb.

She now faces murder charges in Taylor's death.

'Execute action' Amber Alert: Ohio officials investigating mess-up

An initial Amber Alert sent at around 5:10 a.m. Wednesday included the phrase " execute action ," leading some to wonder what action to take.

An Ohio Department of Public Safety spokesperson said Thursday that there were issues with the public Amber Alert in the central Ohio region and the alert was incomplete. The department is in the process of looking into why the system didn't work as intended and included the "execute action" template phrase for cell phones in Columbus.

Full details in the initial alert went out to first responders and media outlets as usual. A second alert in the Cleveland area was successfully pushed out to cell phones.

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An Amber Alert is a notification system to help find abducted children, first developed in Texas in 1996.

The  Amber Alert system began  when Dallas-Fort Worth broadcasters teamed with local police to develop an early warning system to help find abducted children. "Amber" is an acronym for America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response.

The Amber system came to Ohio in 2003.

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Kids and Family in Moscow

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This guide was written prior to Russia's 2022 invasion of Ukraine and is therefore not reflective of the current situation. Travel to Russia is currently not advisable due to the area's volatile political situation.

Expats moving to Moscow with children should prepare for a sizeable challenge. Conquering the cold weather and the intimidating transport system with little ones requires some real courage.

That said, there are plenty of child-friendly activities available in the city. Several expat support systems exist to help calm any parent's nerves against unanticipated stress. 

Family life in Moscow

The long months of freezing temperatures in Moscow inevitably affect family life and limit the outdoor activities one can enjoy. Few Russian families and children can be seen out on the streets in winter unless they are heavily bundled up. That said, ice-skating is a common activity for children and adults alike in winter.

Traffic in Moscow can be a real problem. People drive fast and there are few above-ground places to cross larger roads. So, if using a stroller, this means tackling stairs to enter and exit the pedestrian-friendly underpass. Baby carriers may be a preferred option.

The metro is extensive, cheap and easy to use but, again, expats should bear in mind the presence of stairs. Once familiar with the most common metro stops, parents will be able to choose those with no stairs and make life a little easier.

Many expats hire a driver to avoid these issues and to make it easier to get around in freezing temperatures. Expats should try and negotiate this as part of an employment package, if possible. 

Best places to live in Moscow with kids

When searching for  accommodation in Moscow , expats with children should think carefully. Many expats with kids, especially those with young children, choose to live in one of the gated expat communities just outside the city. In these areas, it’s possible to get a house and plenty of green space, but exposure to real Russian life will be minimal.  

Alternatively, expats can live in an apartment in the city centre. Although this does not offer a garden, Moscow has a lot of green spaces and parks that are child friendly. Apartment living in Moscow is typically better for expats with teenagers or with children who would be interested in enjoying any of the rich cultural activities on offer in Moscow’s centre. 

Entertainment for kids in Moscow

As noted, frost-free months of the year are scarce in Moscow. As a result, most of the entertainment options in the city are indoor activities. When the sun does come out, there are some great outdoor spaces to take advantage of.  

There are plenty of parks in and around Moscow’s city centre, and it's also possible to find small playgrounds, boulevards and smaller gardens dotted about. Gorky Park is the big, centrally located park for cycling, rollerblading or running, as well as having various rides for amusement. Hermitage Gardens is a perfect place for kids to play. Many expats meet up here in summer and spring.

Shopping malls are a great way to get out of the house in winter. Many malls have play areas, bowling clubs, cinemas and other activities to keep kids entertained. For a real taste of Russia, expats should try ice-skating on one of the frozen ponds.

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Travel Itinerary For One Week in Moscow: The Best of Moscow!

I just got back from one week in Moscow. And, as you might have already guessed, it was a mind-boggling experience. It was not my first trip to the Russian capital. But I hardly ever got enough time to explore this sprawling city. Visiting places for business rarely leaves enough time for sightseeing. I think that if you’ve got one week in Russia, you can also consider splitting your time between its largest cities (i.e. Saint Petersburg ) to get the most out of your trip. Seven days will let you see the majority of the main sights and go beyond just scratching the surface. In this post, I’m going to share with you my idea of the perfect travel itinerary for one week in Moscow.

Moscow is perhaps both the business and cultural hub of Russia. There is a lot more to see here than just the Kremlin and Saint Basil’s Cathedral. Centuries-old churches with onion-shaped domes dotted around the city are in stark contrast with newly completed impressive skyscrapers of Moscow City dominating the skyline. I spent a lot of time thinking about my Moscow itinerary before I left. And this city lived up to all of my expectations.

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Travel Itinerary For One Week in Moscow

Day 1 – red square and the kremlin.

Metro Station: Okhotny Ryad on Red Line.

No trip to Moscow would be complete without seeing its main attraction. The Red Square is just a stone’s throw away from several metro stations. It is home to some of the most impressive architectural masterpieces in the city. The first thing you’ll probably notice after entering it and passing vendors selling weird fur hats is the fairytale-like looking Saint Basil’s Cathedral. It was built to commemorate one of the major victories of Ivan the Terrible. I once spent 20 minutes gazing at it, trying to find the perfect angle to snap it. It was easier said than done because of the hordes of locals and tourists.

As you continue strolling around Red Square, there’s no way you can miss Gum. It was widely known as the main department store during the Soviet Era. Now this large (yet historic) shopping mall is filled with expensive boutiques, pricey eateries, etc. During my trip to Moscow, I was on a tight budget. So I only took a retro-style stroll in Gum to get a rare glimpse of a place where Soviet leaders used to grocery shop and buy their stuff. In case you want some modern shopping experience, head to the Okhotny Ryad Shopping Center with stores like New Yorker, Zara, and Adidas.

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To continue this Moscow itinerary, next you may want to go inside the Kremlin walls. This is the center of Russian political power and the president’s official residence. If you’re planning to pay Kremlin a visit do your best to visit Ivan the Great Bell Tower as well. Go there as early as possible to avoid crowds and get an incredible bird’s-eye view. There are a couple of museums that are available during designated visiting hours. Make sure to book your ticket online and avoid lines.

Day 2 – Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, the Tretyakov Gallery, and the Arbat Street

Metro Station: Kropotkinskaya on Red Line

As soon as you start creating a Moscow itinerary for your second day, you’ll discover that there are plenty of metro stations that are much closer to certain sites. Depending on your route, take a closer look at the metro map to pick the closest.

The white marble walls of Christ the Saviour Cathedral are awe-inspiring. As you approach this tallest Orthodox Christian church, you may notice the bronze sculptures, magnificent arches, and cupolas that were created to commemorate Russia’s victory against Napoleon.

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Unfortunately, the current Cathedral is a replica, since original was blown to bits in 1931 by the Soviet government. The new cathedral basically follows the original design, but they have added some new elements such as marble high reliefs.

Home to some precious collection of artworks, in Tretyakov Gallery you can find more than 150,000 of works spanning centuries of artistic endeavor. Originally a privately owned gallery, it now has become one of the largest museums in Russia. The Gallery is often considered essential to visit. But I have encountered a lot of locals who have never been there.

Famous for its souvenirs, musicians, and theaters, Arbat street is among the few in Moscow that were turned into pedestrian zones. Arbat street is usually very busy with tourists and locals alike. My local friend once called it the oldest street in Moscow dating back to 1493. It is a kilometer long walking street filled with fancy gift shops, small cozy restaurants, lots of cute cafes, and street artists. It is closed to any vehicular traffic, so you can easily stroll it with kids.

Day 3 – Moscow River Boat Ride, Poklonnaya Hill Victory Park, the Moscow City

Metro Station: Kievskaya and Park Pobedy on Dark Blue Line / Vystavochnaya on Light Blue Line

Voyaging along the Moscow River is definitely one of the best ways to catch a glimpse of the city and see the attractions from a bit different perspective. Depending on your Moscow itinerary, travel budget and the time of the year, there are various types of boats available. In the summer there is no shortage of boats, and you’ll be spoiled for choice.

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If you find yourself in Moscow during the winter months, I’d recommend going with Radisson boat cruise. These are often more expensive (yet comfy). They offer refreshments like tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and, of course, alcoholic drinks. Prices may vary but mostly depend on your food and drink selection. Find their main pier near the opulent Ukraine hotel . The hotel is one of the “Seven Sisters”, so if you’re into the charm of Stalinist architecture don’t miss a chance to stay there.

The area near Poklonnaya Hill has the closest relation to the country’s recent past. The memorial complex was completed in the mid-1990s to commemorate the Victory and WW2 casualties. Also known as the Great Patriotic War Museum, activities here include indoor attractions while the grounds around host an open-air museum with old tanks and other vehicles used on the battlefield.

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The hallmark of the memorial complex and the first thing you see as you exit metro is the statue of Nike mounted to its column. This is a very impressive Obelisk with a statue of Saint George slaying the dragon at its base.

Maybe not as impressive as Shanghai’s Oriental Pearl Tower , the skyscrapers of the Moscow City (otherwise known as Moscow International Business Center) are so drastically different from dull Soviet architecture. With 239 meters and 60 floors, the Empire Tower is the seventh highest building in the business district.

The observation deck occupies 56 floor from where you have some panoramic views of the city. I loved the view in the direction of Moscow State University and Luzhniki stadium as well to the other side with residential quarters. The entrance fee is pricey, but if you’re want to get a bird’s eye view, the skyscraper is one of the best places for doing just that.

Day 4 – VDNKh, Worker and Collective Farm Woman Monument, The Ostankino TV Tower

Metro Station: VDNKh on Orange Line

VDNKh is one of my favorite attractions in Moscow. The weird abbreviation actually stands for Russian vystavka dostizheniy narodnogo khozyaystva (Exhibition of Achievements of the National Economy). With more than 200 buildings and 30 pavilions on the grounds, VDNKh serves as an open-air museum. You can easily spend a full day here since the park occupies a very large area.

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First, there are pavilions that used to showcase different cultures the USSR was made of. Additionally, there is a number of shopping pavilions, as well as Moskvarium (an Oceanarium) that features a variety of marine species. VDNKh is a popular venue for events and fairs. There is always something going on, so I’d recommend checking their website if you want to see some particular exhibition.

A stone’s throw away from VDNKh there is a very distinctive 25-meters high monument. Originally built in 1937 for the world fair in Paris, the hulking figures of men and women holding a hammer and a sickle represent the Soviet idea of united workers and farmers. It doesn’t take much time to see the monument, but visiting it gives some idea of the Soviet Union’s grandiose aspirations.

I have a thing for tall buildings. So to continue my travel itinerary for one week in Moscow I decided to climb the fourth highest TV tower in the world. This iconic 540m tower is a fixture of the skyline. You can see it virtually from everywhere in Moscow, and this is where you can get the best panoramic views (yep, even better than Empire skyscraper).

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Parts of the floor are made of tempered glass, so it can be quite scary to exit the elevator. But trust me, as you start observing buildings and cars below, you won’t want to leave. There is only a limited number of tickets per day, so you may want to book online. Insider tip: the first tour is cheaper, you can save up to $10 if go there early.

Day 5 – A Tour To Moscow Manor Houses

Metro Station: Kolomenskoye, Tsaritsyno on Dark Green Line / Kuskovo on Purple Line

I love visiting the manor houses and palaces in Moscow. These opulent buildings were generally built to house Russian aristocratic families and monarchs. Houses tend to be rather grand affairs with impressive architecture. And, depending on the whims of the owners, some form of a landscaped garden.

During the early part of the 20th century though, many of Russia’s aristocratic families (including the family of the last emperor) ended up being killed or moving abroad . Their manor houses were nationalized. Some time later (after the fall of the USSR) these were open to the public. It means that today a great many of Moscow’s finest manor houses and palaces are open for touring.

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There are 20 manor houses scattered throughout the city and more than 25 in the area around. But not all of them easily accessible and exploring them often takes a lot of time. I’d recommend focusing on three most popular estates in Moscow that are some 30-minute metro ride away from Kremlin.

Sandwiched between the Moscow River and the Andropov Avenue, Kolomenskoye is a UNESCO site that became a public park in the 1920’s. Once a former royal estate, now it is one of the most tranquil parks in the city with gorgeous views. The Ascension Church, The White Column, and the grounds are a truly grand place to visit.

You could easily spend a full day here, exploring a traditional Russian village (that is, in fact, a market), picnicking by the river, enjoying the Eastern Orthodox church architecture, hiking the grounds as well as and wandering the park and gardens with wildflower meadows, apple orchards, and birch and maple groves. The estate museum showcases Russian nature at its finest year-round.

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If my travel itinerary for one week in Moscow was a family tree, Tsaritsyno Park would probably be the crazy uncle that no-one talks about. It’s a large park in the south of the city of mind-boggling proportions, unbelievable in so many ways, and yet most travelers have never heard of it.

The palace was supposed to be a summer home for Empress Catherine the Great. But since the construction didn’t meet with her approval the palace was abandoned. Since the early 1990’s the palace, the pond, and the grounds have been undergoing renovations. The entire complex is now looking brighter and more elaborately decorated than at possibly any other time during its history. Like most parks in Moscow, you can visit Tsaritsyno free of charge, but there is a small fee if you want to visit the palace.

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Last, but by no means least on my Moscow itinerary is Kuskovo Park . This is definitely an off-the-beaten-path place. While it is not easily accessible, you will be rewarded with a lack of crowds. This 18th-century summer country house of the Sheremetev family was one of the first summer country estates of the Russian nobility. And when you visit you’ll quickly realize why locals love this park.

Like many other estates, Kuskovo has just been renovated. So there are lovely French formal garden, a grotto, and the Dutch house to explore. Make sure to plan your itinerary well because the estate is some way from a metro station.

Day 6 – Explore the Golden Ring

Creating the Moscow itinerary may keep you busy for days with the seemingly endless amount of things to do. Visiting the so-called Golden Ring is like stepping back in time. Golden Ring is a “theme route” devised by promotion-minded journalist and writer Yuri Bychkov.

Having started in Moscow the route will take you through a number of historical cities. It now includes Suzdal, Vladimir, Kostroma, Yaroslavl and Sergiev Posad. All these awe-inspiring towns have their own smaller kremlins and feature dramatic churches with onion-shaped domes, tranquil residential areas, and other architectural landmarks.

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I only visited two out of eight cities included on the route. It is a no-brainer that Sergiev Posad is the nearest and the easiest city to see on a day trip from Moscow. That being said, you can explore its main attractions in just one day. Located some 70 km north-east of the Russian capital, this tiny and overlooked town is home to Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, UNESCO Site.

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Sergiev Posad is often described as being at the heart of Russian spiritual life. So it is uncommon to see the crowds of Russian pilgrims showing a deep reverence for their religion. If you’re traveling independently and using public transport, you can reach Sergiev Posad by bus (departs from VDNKh) or by suburban commuter train from Yaroslavskaya Railway Station (Bahnhof). It takes about one and a half hours to reach the town.

Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius is a great place to get a glimpse of filling and warming Russian lunch, specifically at the “ Gostevaya Izba ” restaurant. Try the duck breast, hearty potato and vegetables, and the awesome Napoleon cake.

Day 7 – Gorky Park, Izmailovo Kremlin, Patriarch’s Ponds

Metro Station: Park Kultury or Oktyabrskaya on Circle Line / Partizanskaya on Dark Blue Line / Pushkinskaya on Dark Green Line

Gorky Park is in the heart of Moscow. It offers many different types of outdoor activities, such as dancing, cycling, skateboarding, walking, jogging, and anything else you can do in a park. Named after Maxim Gorky, this sprawling and lovely park is where locals go on a picnic, relax and enjoy free yoga classes. It’s a popular place to bike around, and there is a Muzeon Art Park not far from here. A dynamic location with a younger vibe. There is also a pier, so you can take a cruise along the river too.

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The Kremlin in Izmailovo is by no means like the one you can find near the Red Square. Originally built for decorative purposes, it now features the Vernissage flea market and a number of frequent fairs, exhibitions, and conferences. Every weekend, there’s a giant flea market in Izmailovo, where dozens of stalls sell Soviet propaganda crap, Russian nesting dolls, vinyl records, jewelry and just about any object you can imagine. Go early in the morning if you want to beat the crowds.

All the Bulgakov’s fans should pay a visit to Patriarch’s Ponds (yup, that is plural). With a lovely small city park and the only one (!) pond in the middle, the location is where the opening scene of Bulgakov’s novel Master and Margarita was set. The novel is centered around a visit by Devil to the atheistic Soviet Union is considered by many critics to be one of the best novels of the 20th century. I spent great two hours strolling the nearby streets and having lunch in the hipster cafe.

Conclusion and Recommendations

To conclude, Moscow is a safe city to visit. I have never had a problem with getting around and most locals are really friendly once they know you’re a foreigner. Moscow has undergone some serious reconstruction over the last few years. So you can expect some places to be completely different. I hope my one week Moscow itinerary was helpful! If you have less time, say 4 days or 5 days, I would cut out day 6 and day 7. You could save the Golden Ring for a separate trip entirely as there’s lots to see!

What are your thoughts on this one week Moscow itinerary? Are you excited about your first time in the city? Let me know in the comments below!

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24 comments.

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Ann Snook-Moreau

Moscow looks so beautiful and historic! Thanks for including public transit information for those of us who don’t like to rent cars.

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MindTheTravel

Yup, that is me 🙂 Rarely rent + stick to the metro = Full wallet!

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Mariella Blago

Looks like you had loads of fun! Well done. Also great value post for travel lovers.

Thanks, Mariella!

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I have always wanted to go to Russia, especially Moscow. These sights look absolutely beautiful to see and there is so much history there!

Agree! Moscow is a thousand-year-old city and there is definitely something for everyone.

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Tara Pittman

Those are amazing buildings. Looks like a place that would be amazing to visit.

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Adriana Lopez

Never been to Moscow or Russia but my family has. Many great spots and a lot of culture. Your itinerary sounds fantastic and covers a lot despite it is only a short period of time.

What was their favourite thing about Russia?

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Gladys Parker

I know very little about Moscow or Russia for the\at matter. I do know I would have to see the Red Square and all of its exquisite architectural masterpieces. Also the CATHEDRAL OF CHRIST THE SAVIOUR. Thanks for shedding some light on visiting Moscow.

Thanks for swinging by! The Red Square is a great starting point, but there way too many places and things to discover aside from it!

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Ruthy @ Percolate Kitchen

You are making me so jealous!! I’ve always wanted to see Russia.

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Moscow is in my bucket list, I don’t know when I can visit there, your post is really useful. As a culture rich place we need to spend at least week.

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DANA GUTKOWSKI

Looks like you had a great trip! Thanks for all the great info! I’ve never been in to Russia, but this post makes me wanna go now!

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Wow this is amazing! Moscow is on my bucket list – such an amazing place to visit I can imagine! I can’t wait to go there one day!

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The building on the second picture looks familiar. I keep seeing that on TV.

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Reesa Lewandowski

What beautiful moments! I always wish I had the personality to travel more like this!

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Perfect itinerary for spending a week in Moscow! So many places to visit and it looks like you had a wonderful time. I would love to climb that tower. The views I am sure must have been amazing!

I was lucky enough to see the skyline of Moscow from this TV Tower and it is definitely mind-blowing.

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Chelsea Pearl

Moscow is definitely up there on my travel bucket list. So much history and iconic architecture!

Thumbs up! 🙂

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Blair Villanueva

OMG I dream to visit Moscow someday! Hope the visa processing would be okay (and become more affordable) so I could pursue my dream trip!

Yup, visa processing is the major downside! Agree! Time and the money consuming process…

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How to spend a perfect weekend in Moscow

Feb 11, 2020 • 5 min read

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Moscow enjoyed the status of capital for most of Russia’s history, except for a relatively brief period (about two hundred years), when the Tsar and the government relocated to St Petersburg . But the Bolsheviks moved the capital back to Moscow in 1918, and today it’s an extremely diverse city. It can easily take a couple of weeks to see all of its sights, but if you've only got a weekend to explore, here's how to have two perfect days in Moscow.

Exterior of St Basil's Cathedral at Red Square on a sunny autumn morning.

Start your weekend in Moscow by acquainting yourself with top-notch Russian cuisine at Grand Cafe Dr Zhivago . Located on the first floor of the historical hotel National and overlooking the Kremlin, it’s definitely one of the best breakfast spots in the city. Try millet porridge with crawfish, pearl barley porridge with oxtail or traditional cottage cheese with raisins and candied fruit.

Set aside at least half a day for Russian capital’s major attractions: the Red Square and the Kremlin . To reach the Kremlin, cross the street from Dr Zhivago and walk through the Alexander Garden to the main entrance at the Kutafya Tower . Check out all the cathedrals, including Archangel cathedral with all the tsars’ tombs and Uspensky cathedral with medieval icons. Pause to look at the famous Tsar Bell and climb Ivan the Great Bell Tower to enjoy some great views.

Zaryadye - a landscape and architectural park. Many people stroll over concrete walkways surrounding a rounded building in parkland.

Exit and walk to the Red Square through the Alexander Garden, where, if lucky, you can see the change of guard. If you’re feeling hungry, stop by the food court at Okhotny Ryad shopping complex to pick up a snack.

The Red square is dominated by four buildings of equal historical importance: the Kremlin's most famous Spasskaya (Saviour) Tower , with a clock and fourteen bells that chime national anthem four times a day (6am, noon, 6pm, midnight), St Basil's Cathedral , Moscow's best-known symbol with its multi-colored domes, Lenin’s Mausoleum , the resting place of the leader of the 1917 October revolution, and GUM , Moscow's oldest department store, topped with a glass roof, designed by one of Russia's most celebrated architects, Vladimir Shukhov. 

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Right behind the St Basil’s it is the relatively new Zaryadye Park , designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, famous for its work on the High Line in New York City. Zaryadye showcases flora from all the climate zones of Russia, which is the largest country in the world. The floating bridge at the edge of the park is one of the biggest selfie magnets in Moscow, providing spectacular views of the river and the city skyline as the background. 

Another Zaryadye attraction is a glass pavilion that hosts restaurant Voskhod  (Sunrise) – a perfect spot for your lunch or early dinner. Voskhod focuses on dishes from all fifteen former Soviet Union republics and its inside looks like a Soviet-made spaceship with great views of the Moscow river. Try Azeri home-made pasta or trout from Lake Sevan in Armenia.

After all that walking and exploring you need some quality downtime and what better way to spend it than relaxing for a couple of hours at the famous Sanduny  traditional Russian hot bath. Make sure to get a massage with birch sticks!

You might still have time to go to Winzavod Center – a creative cluster with galleries housed at a former wine factory. Galleries like XL , pop/off/art and Ovcharenko always have something on, most likely a cutting-edge Russian contemporary art exhibition. Finish the evening hanging out at one of the best Moscow bars – try socialites’ paradise Noor Electro , co-joined with one of Moscow’s avant-garde theatres or Powerhouse Moscow , located in a 19th-century mansion, which is famous for live indie and jazz band performances. Both serve great food, too. 

Young people sit on a bench looking at a large painting on the wall. It's by Russian artist Alexander Ivanov, called 'The appearance of Christ to the People' and is displayed in the Tretyakov gallery

Power up for a busy day ahead at one of Moscow’s trendiest coffee/breakfast spots,   Nude . Located in the upscale, well-heeled neighborhood of Patriarch’s Ponds, Nude offers a wide range of breakfast dishes, including scrambled eggs, toast, porridge and banana bread. Book ahead as it might be busy on a weekend morning.

After checking out the Patriarch's Ponds, which features prominently in Mikhail Bulgakov’s perennial novel The Master and Margarita , devote the rest of the morning and early afternoon to exploring Moscow’s best museums. Depending on your tastes, pick one of the following: Tretyakov Gallery for traditional Russian art, from medieval icons to the early 20th century;  New Tretyakov for 20th century and contemporary art as well as great temporary exhibitions;  Pushkin Museum for one of the greatest collections of Impressionist and post-Impressionist art in the world; and the Garage Museum for some eye-opening modern-art exhibitions. 

A blurred train travelling at speed through a station with a tiled wall and a station guide.

Whichever museum or gallery you choose, be sure to go to LavkaLavka for lunch, certainly one of the best places to try new Russian cuisine, which is a contemporary reading of centuries-old recipes. It’s one of the few places to try polugar , which is, allegedly, what Russians called vodka in the 19th century. 

When you talk about Russian culture, literary giants usually pop into mind: the likes of Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoevsky and Anton Chekhov. There are plenty of literary museums in Moscow, but if you had to pick one, visit Tolstoy Estate Museum , located just opposite the headquarters of Yandex, the Russian equivalent of Google. Every little detail has been restored just the way it looked when Tolstoy lived here in the 1880s–90s. 

Leave some time for exploring the Moscow Metro : every station is an architectural masterpiece in its own right. Our favorites include Mayakovskaya, Komsomolskaya and Kievskaya. Later, unwind at one of dozens of Moscow’s craft beer places . Try  Jawsspot , named after one of the leading breweries in Russia, Jaws from the Urals region, which also serves decent pizza and salads.  

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