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Free printable travel journal template: One Question A Day Diary

The cover of a question a day journal

Are you going on a trip soon and do you want to keep track of all your fun memories? Great news! In today’s post, I’m going to show you how to make a simple DIY travel journal. It’s really easy, low-key, and fun! Plus, if you’re not feeling crafty, you can even download my free printable travel journal template that I made just for you.

Like many travelers, I used to forget the small, fun details of my trips. So, I started keeping track of memories with this one-question-a-day journal.

The idea is simple.

You just answer one fun question every day for a week. And the week after, you’ll answer the same one. It’s not like those big, heavy journals that are hard to carry. And you won’t have to write a lot, just one interesting question each day. This way, you can remember all the neat things that even photos can’t show, without any effort.

So stick with me, and I’ll show you how this easy idea can make your trips even more memorable. Let’s start making your very own travel journal!

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Don’t forget to save this template on Pinterest so you’ll know where to find your downloads for your next trip!

Printabel travel diary prompt pages and covers

Why you should keep a travel journal

Alright, I know you are dying to get started with this DIY travel journal, but just before you grab your crafts and head off, allow me to share a few more reasons why journaling is a game-changer for your travels.  Trust me, after reading these reasons, “forgetting” to journal will be a thing of the past!

  • Document memories: Revisiting your adventures through a journal is super fun. Those quirky anecdotes and hidden gems you discovered? They will all be in your journal waiting to be re-lived.
  • Record thoughts and ideas that you might otherwise forget: Ever had a brilliant idea or a profound realization while traveling, only to forget it later? A travel journal ensures those thoughts are captured forever.
  • Reflect and learn: Journaling allows you to ponder over your experiences, offering insights and learnings that can be transformative.
  • Unleash creativity: It’s not just about writing; it’s about expressing your creativity. Doodle, paste ticket stubs, or write a poem – your journal, your rules!
  • Enhance your journey : A journal adds depth to your travels. It encourages mindfulness and helps you appreciate the journey on a deeper level.

Ready to make your travels more memorable and meaningful? Let’s get started and make your own travel journal!

A  set of sample pages for travel journals

A question-a-day: How does it work?

If you’re unfamiliar with the one-question-a-day format, let me give you a quick rundown, so you can make the most out of our free template.

Traditionally, these journals are used for an entire year, containing 365 unique questions – one for each day. The idea is to keep the journal for five years, answering the same question on the same date each year. This way, you end up with a fascinating record of how your thoughts and experiences evolve over time.

What I love about this format is the ease and simplicity. Answering just one question a day is a breeze, making it effortless to maintain a consistent journaling habit – often the biggest challenge for many travelers who want to keep a travel journal.

I adapted this concept for travel. Instead of spanning years, it covers your trip’s duration, with the same set of questions repeated each week. This approach is perfect for travelers who start journaling with enthusiasm but find the task daunting as their journey progresses. With just a short question to answer daily, it’s easy, fun, and incredibly rewarding.

So now that you understand the concept, let’s find out how to make your own travel journal.

I will share two options below; A DIY version and a free printable one . Neither one is better, just pick whichever one suits you best!

two examples of how to make your own jorunal

Option1: DIY travel journal

The first option I’ll share is a true DIY travel journal. You start with an empty paper or notebook and craft your own.

If you are looking for the free printable, scroll down to the free printable travel journal template section.

Materials needed

  • Paper (A4 that you fold in two to make a booklet or any type of notebook)
  • Crafting materials (if you want to make it look nice, but this is not necessary)

How to make your own travel journal

Step 1: find a notebook.

Honestly, it doesn’t matter if you just fold A4 paper in half and use a stapling machine to bind it. If you buy a simple notebook, or if you go all the way and buy a beautifully designed travel notebook.

I’m a big bullet journal fan, so I just make a collection and dedicate a few pages of my daily bullet journal to this Question-a-day journal. That way it’s integrated with all my other work and travel notes.

But feel free to do whatever fits you. All that matters is that you actually start and that you enjoy working on it. If you need a beautiful design to feel inspired, then by all means go for it. But the design should not be a reason to not get started.

The size of the notebook doesn’t matter either. I usually prefer an A5 format, because it’s small and easily fits in my backpack. But really, anything works. Lined, dotted, squared, or blank paper, all is fine.

A red ring binder notebook

Step 2: Make the pages

At the top of each page write one of the questions below, followed by a prompt for the right date. So weeks 1, 2, 3, etc (depending on how long you’ll be traveling)

  • What did you eat today?
  • Who or what made you smile today?
  • What did you do today?
  • Did you learn something new today? What was it?
  • What is the most beautiful thing you saw today?
  • Did you come across any challenges today? What was it? How did you overcome it?
  • What was your favorite moment of the past week?

A notebook with a page and a question and five weeks to answer it

Of course, there are many different variations of questions you could ask. I found these seven the most interesting ones. But check the section about other prompts below for more question ideas.

I usually don’t add the answer sections for each week yet (I only showed it in the example above to give you an idea), because I don’t know how much space I’ll be needing for my answers. But you could add those if you want to make sure everything fits on one page.

An example of a question a day journal

Step 3: Decorate your travel journal

Now, I’ll admit. I am not the most creative person out here.

I can’t draw and I have the handwriting of an 8-year-old. So when I get crafty with my journal without any template, stickers, stamps, or premade anything, it will look like a mess. And that’s why I go for simplicity,

But if you are nothing like me, this is where you can get crazy. Get out your markers, crayons, glitter, and whatnot to make this travel journal feel like you. You could even add more blank pages so you have more options for photos, doodles, and other fun keepsakes from your trip.

Step 4: Start answering the questions every day

Now that your journal is finished, all you need to do is answer one simple question a day. No endless essays, writer’s block, or not feeling inspired. You’ll know exactly what to write and it will only take a few seconds.

What I like even more, is that even if I forgot to journal one day. I can easily trace back and still answer that one question from yesterday.

Two pages in a journal with questions answered

Option 2: Free printable travel journal template

Alright, if you’re looking for a printable travel journal, then I’ve got you covered too. Find out how to make your own travel journal from my free printable PDF below!

  • Paper (white A4 that you fold in two to make a booklet)
  • Printer (that can print in a booklet, though most printers nowadays have this setting)
  • A free printable cover
  • Free printable questions

9 examples of printable travel journals

How to use the free printable travel journal pdf

Step 1: choose and download your cover.

For you to use this journal every day and make the most out of it, you need to be super enthusiastic about it. And one way to get you excited is to help you find a design that matches your personality. And that’s why I came up with five different covers so that you can pick one that matches your spirit best.

Choose your favorite down below, or head over to Canva and make your design, as long as you print it on the right side of the paper in landscape shape, it will work too.

A blue cover of a free printable travel journal

Step 2: Print the cover

Print it on an A4 paper and fold it in two. I deliberately put it on landscape and on the right side of the paper, so you can fold it in two and use it as the cover.

Instructions of printing a travel journla pdf and folding it in half

Step 3: Print the questions

Now that we have your cover, it’s time for the questions, which you can download here .

They are in A4 PDF format, but you can easily print them as a booklet by using the right printer settings, I explained below.

The complete set of free printabel question pages

Print instructions

  • Click print once you’ve downloaded and opened the PDF on your computer
  • Go to printer settings and select booklet
  • Print double-sided

With these settings, your printer will automatically put them in the right order, so that when you fold it in two, you will have a book from question 1-7, and extra notes in the back.

printer settings with arrows to print a booklet

The settings might look slightly different on your computer, but it works the same for every printer.

Feel free to add more blank paper so you’ll have more notes. Or simply print more of the last “notes” page.

DIY travel journal tips

There are a few things that can help you to make the most out of this travel journal.

  • Make this journal your own: the more it feels like your own project, the more enthusiastic you will be to write every day
  • Set a specific time or moment when you will answer the question
  • Start each answer with your current location followed by “:” and the answer. As travelers we visit so many different places that sometimes just seeing the name of a city you were at helps you set the mood and remember the content when you’re reading your travel journal years from now

A DIY travel journal with questions

DIY travel journal variations

As you probably already noticed, there are about 1000 different ways in which you can style your travel journal.

I just shared five printable travel journal templates with you, as well as my super simple but effective handwritten method. But remember. This journal is about you. It should be a design that invites you to write every day and create a beautiful travel memoir for your future self.

So go wild and use which ever design you want.

Besides differences in designs, you can also add different questions that are important to you, or that you want to remember from your trip. I’ll share a few of my other questions below.

I use these when I make my monthly travel journal for longer trips (more about this monthly journal below).

  • Who did you meet today?
  • Did you travel with someone today? Who is it?
  • What was the weather like today?
  • When was the last time you did something kind for someone else?
  • What surprised you today?
  • When was the last time someone did something kind for you?
  • Did you fall for any tourist traps this week?
  • What was your favorite accommodation up until now?
  • Did you do something that scared you this week?

The printable travel journal prompts I shared with you today are for a five-week trip, but of course, you can also use them for a two-week vacation or any other duration.

If you’re traveling longer than 8 weeks, I would advise you to make a journal with a question for each day of the month. That way you’ll have more variation in the types of questions asked and the things you will remember from your trip.

Just check out my list of questions above for more inspiration. And if you want more help, or if you’re not feeling creative, Shoot me a message and I will send the full list of monthly questions as well as a free monthly printable that I use as well!

A sample mail yo get all questions

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Final notes about this simple DIY journal

Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or a first-time explorer, I hope that this free printable travel journal template will make your adventures more memorable.

So, grab your pen and start capturing those precious travel moments, one question at a time!

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Awesome Travel Journal Ideas for Kids {with free printable!}

By: Author Jacquie Fisher

Posted on Published: June 6, 2019

Categories Travel Fun

Use these travel journal ideas & free printable pages to help kids document their next vacation or trip!

Since we’re heading out on a big road trip this summer, I thought I would include some travel journal pages in our Road Trip Binder (which already has 40+ Free Printable Road Trip Activities you might want to check out!)

Summer travel is the perfect opportunity to inspire kids to do a little writing not to mention record some great memories!

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Travel Journal Ideas for Kids

I think downtime during the summer months is really important for kids but I’ve also seen what happens when they don’t pick up a pencil for a few months ( yikes !)  It can be a rude awaking when they head back to school so I’m always looking for fun ways to encourage them to write a little throughout the summer.

We’re all about DIY which is why I like to create a Road Trip binder and include things that are very specific to our trip.

If you’re just starting to travel with your kids, check out Why Kids Need to Travel & What They Learn on the Trip for inspiration!

In my search for travel journal templates, I can across so many wonderful options that I didn’t limit it to just one ( I’m never good at narrowing things down 😉

So here are some awesomely creative ways to keep your kids writing while you travel — whether you have a child that’s 5 or 15!

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Free Printable Travel Journal Pages

These free printable travel journal pages are the perfect way for kids to record all their favorite things each day!  Be sure to leave a note to thank the amazing people who created these free printables pages!

Before My Vacation journaling page from TSLBooks is perfect to use the week before you head out! 

We 3 Travel has some awesome Travel Journal Pages for Kids — 3 varieties which include drawing pages for younger kids and fill-in vacation details for older ones!

I adore this Travel Journal for Kids over at the Travel Turtle .

B. Nute Productions has a printable Trip Journal Page that’s very colorful & your kids will really enjoy!

The Unlikely Homeschool has a beautiful Field Trip Log printable for any side trips you have planned.

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Creative Travel Journal Ideas & Books

If your child prefers a book-type travel journal, here are some of the ones we would recommend:

My favorite is The Ultimate Travel Journal for Kids which includes TONS of colorful pages, games, boredom busters and fun ways to kids to record their travel memories.  It’s perfect for kids ages 6 – 10 years old.

Another really cool option is The Children’s Travel Journal which is sketched out in black and white so kids can color all the pages while they travel!  Details include food journals, people you meet on the trip, spaces to draw your favorite memories and so many more ways to record the trip.

Go! A Kid’s Interactive Travel Journal is for pint-sized artists!  Each page has a colorful prompt where kids can draw in experiences from their trip.  The journal also includes games, stickers and other fun prompts too.

Lonely Planet also publishes a great Kids Travel Journal that’s packed with prompts, lists, fill-in areas and more!  This is a great journal option for older kids

If you’re looking for something a parent & child can fill out together, check the My Travel Journal: A Journal for 5 Family Vacations. It’s perfect for kids ages 5 – 9 years old and allows you to keep the details from multiple vacations in one spot.

If you’re getting ready for a road trip, be sure to visit our popular travel posts for lots of tips to help you get organized before you go & on the road:

10 Things to do Before Your Next Road Trip {which includes a free printable checklist!}

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Free Printable Travel Journal Templates

Design travel journal printable pages using the finest editable templates, easily customizable with just a few clicks..

Design personalized travel journal sheets using customizable online templates. Capture the memories of your trip with beautiful designs suitable for both kids and adults, ensuring you remember your journey forever.

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At Edit.org, we've refreshed our incredible template library with a stunning collection of editable Travel Diaries for you to record your adventures and craft unforgettable memories .

They are perfect for children to enjoy filling out and for adults to document their experiences. Additionally, we've considered businesses and tourism companies. If you run a travel agency , you can personalize these diaries with your logo, address, and contact information . They can be offered as complimentary gifts to your clients, shared on social networks, or attached to emails.

Travel is one of the most enriching experiences in life . Each destination brings us new cultures, breathtaking landscapes and fascinating experiences. What better way to immortalize these adventures than with a Travel Diary? They are a treasure trove of memories. Remember what Cesare Pavese used to say?

"Travel is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that is familiar and comfortable about your friends and home. You are at all times out of balance. Nothing is yours except the most essential: the air, the hours of rest, the dreams, the sea, the sky; all those things that tend toward the eternal or what we imagine as such."

With our enjoyable and user-friendly online editor, you can create your own personalized journal right away. It's also a handy tool for organizing your itinerary and planning future trips.

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How to create free printable Travel Journal sheets on Edit.org?

See how easy it is to quickly create a travel journal as a school activity or for people who love to write by hand:

  • Click on an image in this article or enter the editor to get started.
  • Select the layout you like best.
  • Edit the template with the text, photos, stickers and colors you want.
  • Save the changes online in the personal cloud we created, automatically.
  • Download the final result in JPG, HD PNG or PDF to print in high resolution.

You're done!

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Writing a travel journal is more than just a creative endeavor. Here are a few compelling reasons why you should utilize our templates to create a travel journal, even if you have no design experience or computer skills :

  • A travel journal lets you relive precious moments over and over again . It allows you to recall details that might fade in your memory over time - how magical it is to read again, in your own handwriting, what you experienced on that beach or in that mountain!
  • You can express your experiences creatively through your own drawings, collages, photos and artistic expressions.
  • It becomes a family legacy . It's a wonderful way to share your adventures and discoveries with future generations - your great-grandchildren will know who you were and how much fun you had!
  • It gives you a chance to reflect on your emotions and thoughts . It can be a therapeutic form of personal growth and self-knowledge.

On the other hand, encouraging your students to keep a travel journal is a wonderful way to foster their creativity, writing skills and cultural awareness. It's a great idea as an after-school activity for the summer or Christmas break.

Embark on your journey today! Log in to our free editor and design fantastic travel journal page layouts using our professional templates right away.

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Kids Travel Journal Printable [Downloadable PDF Template]

Keeping a kids travel journal is not just a great way to remember the details of your trip, but it also captures those precious memories that may later be swept away in the fog of our memories.

Your kid’s journal will become an heirloom more precious than any other souvenirs you can bring back from your trip. Plus, a journal is an excellent way to keep the kiddos entertained during road trips, long plane rides, and other inevitable travel downtime!

While any old notebook or journal works, if you want to encourage kids to keep track of their experiences, you need to provide some travel journal ideas.

Kid travel journal writing

Kids Travel Journal Printables

One thing I’ve learned from my daughter’s teacher is that writing is easier for kids if they are given a writing prompt.  To design these travel journal pages, I talked to my girl about what things she likes to remember from her travels and what types of prompts might make journaling easier.

With her input I put together the following kid travel journal printable pages–including a cover and two inside pages. So if you are looking for a DIY travel journal for your kids, look no further! And if you prefer ready-made kid travel journals — keep reading because I have some options that I like down below.

With this free printable travel journal cover, your child can personalize their journal with their name, indicate where on the map they are going, and record the dates of the trip.

Kid Travel Journal Printable Cover for download at We3Travel.com

Just click here to download the free PDF of the   kid travel journal printable cover .

I’ve also put together two interior pages. Just print as many of these (double-sided if you can) for the number of days of your trip.

The first page lets your child record the date and location and choose how they felt about the day (loved it, liked it, meh, ugh, tired, or sick.) Kids can also write about what they saw, the best thing they ate, where they stayed, and their favorite part of the day.

There are also icons to select how they traveled (plane, train, car, taxi, subway, boat, bike or walking) and what the weather was like (hot, sunny, partly cloudy, cloudy, rainy, snowy or cold.)

Kid Travel Journal Printable Interior Page downloadable at We3Travel.com

Click here to download the interior page PDF of the  kid travel journal printable .

The second interior page gives plenty of room to draw a picture that represents their day, to help those that are more visual than verbal. It also provides space to write about something they learned to keep track of all the amazing education that comes through travel like facts about a place they visited, a new word in a new language, or something about the culture you are visiting.

Free kid travel journal printable picture page downloadable at We3Travel.com

Click to download the PDF of the  kid travel journal printable drawing page .

Before you leave just print out the number of pages you need and staple it, bind it, or put it in a pocket folder with room to save ticket stubs, programs, and more.

When on the road, don’t wait until the meltdown at bedtime to think about writing in journals. Stick it in your day bag along with some crayons and pencils and use it as a way to keep kids entertained while waiting to be served at restaurants or other downtime throughout the day.

By the way, if you really want to get your kids involved in the travel planning as well as the travel journaling, use these vacation planner worksheets for kids !

Other Kid Travel Journals

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Not looking for a travel journal template? Maybe a travel diary or travel journal is a better fit:

Ultimate Travel Journal for Kids

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My friend Rob from 2TravelDads put together The Ultimate Travel Journal for Kids: Awesome Activities for your Adventures . Since he is always adventuring with his two boys, he has some great advice to share on keeping kids entertained and engaged.

My Travel Journal

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I’m a big fan of Lonely Planet guidebooks and the Lonely Planet Kids book series, including the My Travel Journal for kids.

Looking for more printables? Check out my scavenger hunts for Universal Orlando and Rome . And don’t forget to sign up for my family travel newsletter to get your free family vacation planning kit!

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Free travel journal printable pages for kids. Make vacation downtime fun and capture memories with these travel journal printables. They will become priceless family heirlooms! #printables #travel #familytravel #traveljournals #traveljournal

Tamara Gruber is the Founder and Publisher of We3Travel. A former marketing executive and travel advisor, Tamara is an award-winning travel writer and recognized expert in family travel. Tamara is a member of SATW and the Adventure Travel Trade Association, and serves on the Board of the Family Travel Association. She is also the publisher of YourTimetoFly.com and the co-host of the Vacation Mavens travel podcast.

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51 thoughts on “Kids Travel Journal Printable [Downloadable PDF Template]”

Many thanks! Sincerely appreciate the free downloads. Your time & talent is appreciated.

These look fab, I’ve pinned to print off in the pre-holiday panic

Thank you for creating theses pages We3Travel, they are beautiful! I’m just seeing this while on a trip in Spain without printing facilities, but will be using thes on our next trips!

I’m so glad you like them! Have a great trip. We loved visiting Spain a few years ago.

My Daughters School (Palm Valley Elem) shared this for as a summer activity! I am so glad they did!! this is exactly what I was looking for for my 8 year old! she needs the writing prompts! I am going to add them to a journal and add a few “pockets” for her to add ticket stubs etc

That’s great!! I made this a few years ago and I feel like I should update it but glad it still works for others!

Love your travel pages, but they would not print for me. Am taking my 10 yr old grand and parents to the Jersey Shore in July and making a list of crafty and fun activities to do with her. Since your pages won’t print, they have still given me an idea of making a simple journal with her and use your ideas as prompts for her to write and sketch. Thanks for the cool ideas.

I’m so sorry to hear they wouldn’t print for you. Were you able to download them or did you have trouble accessing them?

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Sweet, sweet journey! But how to keep all beautiful sights in mind?

One way to do that is to start journaling! A travel journal is a written account of one's trips that serves as both a personal record and a way of sharing experiences with others. It is a medium for capturing the essence of a journey, both in words and in images. A travel journal can be as simple as a notebook filled with scattered thoughts and observations, or as complex as a professionally designed scrapbook. Regardless of format, a travel journal is a timeless way of documenting a journey and preserving memories for posterity.

The key advantage of a travel journal is that it gives travelers the opportunity to record their experiences in real time. This allows them to capture the essence of a place before time and memory cause it to blur and fade. It also allows travelers to observe and reflect on their world travel experience, to recall moments that may have escaped them, and to look more deeply into their short, but precious adventure.

However, creating a travel journal can be a time-consuming task that requires creativity, patience, and a good eye for design. That's where premade travel journal templates come in.

Start a Journaling Habit with Premade Templates!

If you are searching for a nice method of starting a journal, you are almost there! Using premade templates for travel journals can have lots of benefits that can make your travel experience more enjoyable and efficient. So let’s take a look!

Firstly, journal templates can save you time. Rather than starting from scratch and designing your journal layout from the ground up, you can simply choose a template that suits your needs.

Secondly, premade templates can help you save money. Here, on TheGoodocs, one may find only free resources without the necessity of a subscription and email confirmation. You are free to choose whatever template you need and save it quickly.

Another benefit is that our free travel journal templates can provide inspiration and structure. Sometimes when we're overwhelmed with the sheer amount of things to document from our travels, it can be hard to know where to start. A template can provide you with a starting point that can help you organize your thoughts and memories. Apart from that, templates are editable documents that can be changed multiple times and even provide access to previous versions. Thus, it is convenient to work on Google Docs, Slides, or Sheets.

Saving a Template

Here, on TheGoodocs, it is easy to find all kinds of templates, including different designs of free travel journal templates in Google Docs: bright, elegant, watercolor-themed, abstract, and illustrated.

Of course, when it comes to traveling experience, it is better to choose printable travel journal templates with nature and sightseeing elements.

To save a template, simply click the Edit Template button and follow simple instructions.

Let’s Customize the Journal!

And now it’s time to be creative (if you need that)!

Premade templates are customizable to fit your specific needs. Many templates come in formats that can be edited, meaning you can change the colors, fonts, and even the layout of the template to make it unique to your travel journal. This allows you to create a design that reflects your personal style and preferences.

If you are working with a travel journal template in Google Docs, it is easy to use the upper menu and the toolbar to insert images or add additional blocks to write. If you are a big fan of writing, simply copy the page and you will have the same formatted page to continue with!

Live, love, and travel! And don’t forget to use a free printable travel journal template to make lasting memories :)

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Explore the travel journal template to effortlessly document and share your journeys with loved ones, keeping memories organized and alive.

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Exploring new places is exhilarating, and preserving those memories is just as important. The travel journal template offers an innovative and user-friendly solution for documenting your journeys. This template is a companion for your adventures, ensuring every detail is captured. With its intuitive design and customizable features, it's perfect for travelers, bloggers, and anyone looking to record their travel experiences in a structured, visually appealing way.

Key components of the travel journal template:

  • Shareable memories: Share your travel memories with friends and family seamlessly. This feature allows you to easily share your journal online, fostering a sense of connection even when you're miles away.
  • Use of cards: Transform your entries into captivating stories. The card system organizes your content beautifully, making your journal aesthetically pleasing and easy to navigate.
  • Incorporation of multimedia: Enrich your journal with photos and videos. This feature brings your experiences to life, making your travel journal more engaging and memorable.
  • Daily log entries: Structured daily entries help you chronicle every aspect of your trip, from the small, intimate moments to the grand adventures.

The importance of travel journals:

Travel journals go beyond typical diaries, offering a way to preserve your experiences for the future. They help you reflect on your journey, remember the details that made your trip unique, and share your adventures with others. For travel enthusiasts, bloggers, or anyone with a story to tell, a travel journal is an invaluable tool for capturing the essence of your journeys.

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Benefits of using the travel journal template:

  • Ease of use : The Travel Journal template is designed with user-friendliness in mind, ensuring that even those new to digital journaling can start without any hassle. Its intuitive interface means you don't need to be tech-savvy to document your adventures. The simplicity of adding entries, photos, and notes allows you to focus more on enjoying your travels and less on figuring out how to record them.
  • Customization: This template offers a level of customization that makes it easy to express your unique travel experiences. Whether you prefer a minimalist design or a more elaborate layout, the template adapts to your style. You can change fonts, colors, and layouts, ensuring that each page of your journal reflects the mood and tone of your travel story.
  • Collaboration: Traveling often involves shared experiences, and this template allows for collaborative storytelling. You and your travel companions can contribute to the same journal, adding different perspectives to the narrative. This feature is especially beneficial for group trips, where each member can add their memories and photos, creating a rich, multi-faceted record of the journey.
  • Long-term preservation: This digital format protects your journals from physical wear and tear, ensuring that your travel stories can be revisited and cherished for years, even decades, to come. You can rest assured that your travel memories are safe and retrievable anytime.

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How to Write a Travel Journal: Tips and Ideas to Save Your Travel Memories

Traveling to new places and enjoying new experiences can be an incredible—and often thrilling—way to discover new perspectives, unlock your creativity, and create lasting memories. And while travel’s transformative power may be fleeting or fade with the onset of the post-vacation blues, keeping a travel journal offers the opportunity to fix some of those feelings on the page, giving you a permanent piece of your travels to hold on to.

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What Is a Travel Journal?

In their most traditional form, travel journals, or travel diaries, are a space for you to reflect on all the adventures and vacations you take. From the sights you see to the delicious foods you eat, a travel journal is a great place to capture these memories alongside the feelings you had at the time.

Keep in mind, however, that there’s certainly no set formula for creating a travel journal: The beauty of keeping one is that it can ultimately be whatever you make of it. Beyond being a diary to add written entries to that summarize an excursion’s events, a travel journal can also serve as:

  • An organizer: Save important information like addresses, directions, and passport numbers that you might need to reference during your trip.
  • A daily planner: Plan out the perfect itinerary ahead of time in your travel journal, and you’ll also have a record of all that you did.
  • A sketchbook: Travelers who like to sketch, draw, or use watercolors can include hand-crafted images of the places they visit within their journals.
  • A scrapbook: Keeping a travel diary can also give you a spot to stash photos and other mementos from your journeys.

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How to Write a Travel Journal

Whether you opt for a physical or digital travel journal, you’ll find plenty of options to choose from.

Those who prefer the tactile experience of handwriting their journal entries, or who wish to include artwork and physical mementos, can select from pocket-sized notebooks as well as large, folio-sized journals that accommodate activities like watercolor painting.

Meanwhile, your digital devices offer a range of suitable travel journal options. Dedicated journaling apps like Penzu or Journey offer unique settings and formatting for a variety of journal types, along with features like daily prompts and custom reminders. A word processing app like Microsoft Word offers a simple and familiar journaling experience that syncs across your devices. With Word, a pre-made travel journal template can make it easy to keep your thoughts and plans organized. 1 Plus, when you use one of these digital options, you won’t have to worry about losing your journal while you’re on the road, since your entries can be backed up to the cloud.

Ideas for Your Travel Journal Entries

Once you’ve selected the right place keep your travel diary, all that’s left is to hit the road and get started with your writing . And while there’s no end to the ways that you can express yourself or capture your memories within a travel journey, here are some simple ideas to get you started.

  • Savor the Local Flavors: For foodies always keen on sampling their destinations’ unique cuisines, each meal provides the perfect fodder for your travel journal. Keep a log of your favorites and you’ll have plenty of cooking inspiration when you return home to your own kitchen.
  • Catalogue Activities: One of the simplest ideas for a travel journal entry is keeping a daily list of the things you do and the sights you see while on each trip. Every time you make a stop, simply update your log, and by the end of your trip you’ll wind up with a complete inventory of all that you experienced.
  • Add Captions to Your Memories: If you choose to store photos of your trip within your travel journal, they will provide easy topics to write about. Create captions that provide context to the images you save.
  • Reflect Back: At the end of each day or at the very end of your trip, you might get creative and reflect on the various thoughts and feelings conjured by your travel experience. Whether you met someone new or were awed by an incredible view, there’s no element of your travels that isn’t excellent material for reflection and exploration within your journal.

If you’re looking to engage a little more closely with the places you’re visiting, it’s worth spending some time considering how to respectfully journal about your travels in a culturally responsible way .

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Travel Journals Templates & More for Kids

Here at Kids Travel Books we’ve posted a lot of Kid’s Travel Journals Templates and More. I wanted to put them all in one place so you can easily find exactly what you need.

The BOOKS part of Kids Travel Books isn’t just the giant bookshelf of 2,000+ books about destinations around the world. Surprised? That’s right – it also encompasses the books YOU make. Whether that’s photoboooks or travel journals, it’s my opinion that the best travel books to have around the house are the travel books of your family’s travels.

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Travel Journal Resources

  • An amazing guest post about the Importance of Travel Journaling written by the author of the popular children’s books series The Adventures of Gannon & Wyatt
  • What’s in my Summer Travel Journal kit ?
  • Essential Travel Journal supplies

Kid’s Travel Journal Printables

  • The first travel journal I ever created for this site was part of an A-Z blogging challenge and included 26 prompts in 26 pages, check out the A-Z Kid’s Travel Journal Templates – Printable
  • I recently updated that travel journal to give it a fresh look, add more information about the prompts, and make it so much easier to download (2 downloads instead of 26!) See it here: Updated Template for Travel Journal .
  • On my old website, I had a one-page travel journal that I loved and that was featured on several websites. I updated it and posted it here in travel journal for kids template . This post also has an amazing list of supplies.
  • Weekend Trip Travel Journals are the perfect slice of record-keeping for quick trips.
  • Fall, Autumn, or Thanksgiving Break travel journals – the first in a series of seasonal break journals.

The Updated Travel Journal Template

As mentioned above, I created an Updated Template for a Travel Journal. I like the style so much, I’ve added a few special trip printables to match the style.

Links to Updated Travel Journal Template Pages

All of the travel journals below follow the same style.

  • A-Z Travel Journal  (or what I like to refer to as the base, 26 pages of prompts that can be used for any single trip or multiple trips)
  • Winter Break Travel Journal
  • Mountain Trip Travel Journal
  • U.S. National Parks Travel Journal
  • Florida Beach Trip Travel Journal

Travel Journal Prompts

  • In addition to the 26 page A-Z Travel Journal I mention above, there’s a one-page list of all the A-Z prompts – A-Z Travel Journal Prompts
  • I also created a list of travel journal prompts that’s good for kids, adults, and, in all honesty, doesn’t even NEED to go into a journal. I think they’re great questions to ask during the trip and help kids really think about what they’re doing.

More kid’s travel journal options

  • Here are some destination-specific travel journals for kids

In the coming weeks, I’ll be adding even more fun travel journal printables that I can not wait for you to see.

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Are you planning your next adventure and want to document your travels? A travel journal is a great way to keep track of your experiences, memories, and thoughts while on the road. Whether you prefer to write by hand or type on your device, our free printable travel journal can be a useful tool to organize your thoughts and record your journey.

Free Printable Travel Journal: Tips and Templates for Your Next Adventure

With a printable travel journal, you can customize the pages to fit your needs and preferences. Some journals come with prompts to help you get started, while others offer blank pages for you to fill in as you go. You can choose to include photos, maps, and other mementos to make your journal even more personalized. Best of all, a printable travel journal is free and can be easily printed at home or at a local print shop.

Travel journals are not only a great way to document your travels, but they can also serve as a keepsake to look back on in the future. By recording your thoughts and experiences, you can relive your adventures and share them with others. So, whether you are embarking on a solo journey or traveling with friends and family, consider creating a printable travel journal to capture your memories and make your trip even more memorable.

The Importance of a Travel Journal

As travel enthusiasts, we know that every trip we take is a unique experience that we want to remember forever. That's why keeping a travel journal is so important. It's a way to capture all the memories, emotions, and experiences we had during our trips.

Writing in a travel journal is not only about documenting what we did or where we went. It's also about reflecting on our experiences, our personal growth, and the lessons we learned. By taking the time to write down our thoughts and feelings, we can gain a deeper understanding of ourselves and the world around us.

A travel journal is also a great way to keep track of the details of our trips. From flight numbers to hotel reservations, we can write down all the important information we need to remember. This can be especially helpful when planning future trips or when sharing our experiences with others.

Furthermore, a travel journal can be a source of inspiration for future trips. By reading through our past entries, we can relive our favorite moments and get excited about new adventures. We can also use our journal to brainstorm new travel ideas or to plan out the details of our next trip.

In summary, a travel journal is an essential tool for any traveler. It allows us to preserve our memories, reflect on our experiences, and plan for future adventures. So the next time you plan a trip, don't forget to pack a journal and a pen!

Choosing the Right Layout for Your Travel Journal

When it comes to creating a travel journal, choosing the right layout is essential to ensure that you capture all of your memories and experiences in a way that feels organized and visually appealing. There are many different types of layouts to choose from, so it's important to consider what works best for you.

One popular option is an art or doodle style visual travel journal. This type of layout allows you to draw and sketch your experiences, adding a personal touch to your journal. If you enjoy drawing or want to improve your artistic skills, this could be a great option for you.

Another option is a bullet journal layout specifically made for capturing the meaningful moments and experiences of traveling. This type of layout is designed to be simple and easy to use, without requiring a lot of time or energy. It's a great option if you want to focus on writing about your experiences without worrying about design.

If you want to include photos in your travel journal, consider a layout that incorporates space for them. A scrapbook-style layout is perfect for this, as it allows you to add photos, ticket stubs, and other mementos from your trip. Alternatively, you could choose a layout that includes a section for photos alongside your written entries.

Another important consideration is the structure and organization of your travel journal. Some layouts are more structured than others, with specific sections for different types of experiences or activities. Others are more free-form, allowing you to write about whatever you want in any order you choose. Think about how you want to organize your journal and choose a layout that fits your needs.

Ultimately, the right layout for your travel journal is the one that works best for you. Consider your personal preferences, the type of trip you're taking, and what you want to get out of your journal. With the right layout, you'll be able to capture all of your travel memories in a way that feels fun, creative, and organized.

Incorporating Printables into Your Journal

When it comes to travel journaling, incorporating printables can be a game-changer. Not only do they add a personal touch to your journal, but they also make it easy to organize your thoughts and memories.

Printables are templates that you can print out and use to create your journal pages. They come in a variety of designs and layouts, making it easy to find one that fits your style. Plus, they are usually free and easy to use.

One of the benefits of using printables is that they provide structure to your journal. Instead of staring at a blank page, you can use the template as a guide to help you jot down your thoughts and memories. This is especially helpful if you're new to journaling or if you're not sure where to start.

Another benefit of printables is that they offer a variety of templates to choose from. You can find templates for daily, weekly, or monthly journaling, as well as templates for specific types of travel, such as road trips or backpacking. This variety allows you to customize your journal to fit your needs and preferences.

When using printables, it's important to remember that they are just templates. You can add your own personal touch by including photos, ticket stubs, or other mementos from your trip. This will make your journal even more special and unique.

Overall, incorporating printables into your travel journal is an easy and fun way to add structure and personality to your pages. With a variety of templates to choose from, you're sure to find one that fits your style and needs.

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Adding Personal Touches to Your Journal

When it comes to creating a travel journal, there are many ways to add a personal touch to your entries. Here are some ideas to help make your journal truly unique:

Draw and Sketch

If you're artistically inclined, consider adding drawings or sketches to your journal. You can draw pictures of the places you've visited, the food you've eaten, or the people you've met. Even if you're not a great artist, don't be afraid to give it a try. Your sketches don't have to be perfect, they just have to be a representation of your experiences.

Photos are a great way to add visual interest to your journal. You can print out photos and glue them into your journal, or use a Polaroid camera to take instant photos on the go. You can also add captions or notes to your photos to help you remember the details of your trip.

Show Your Personality

Your travel journal is a reflection of you, so don't be afraid to let your personality shine through. You can add stickers, washi tape, or other decorative elements to your journal to make it more colorful and fun. You can also write in your own unique voice, using slang or expressions that are meaningful to you.

Make a List of Things to Do

Before you leave for your trip, make a list of things you want to do or see. This can include museums, restaurants, or other attractions. As you complete each item on your list, make a note of it in your journal. This will help you remember all the fun things you did on your trip.

Use Markers

Markers are a great way to add color and texture to your journal. You can use different colors to highlight important details or create a visual hierarchy. You can also use markers to create callouts or other visual elements that draw attention to specific parts of your journal.

Use Your Imagination

Remember, your travel journal is a creative outlet, so don't be afraid to use your imagination. You can create collages, use different fonts, or experiment with different layouts. The goal is to create a journal that reflects your unique experiences and memories.

Keeping Track of Your Travels

When exploring new places, going on vacation, or attending events, it's always fun to keep track of our travel memories. One great way to do this is by using a free printable travel journal. These journals are designed to help us document our experiences and create lasting memories.

With a travel journal, we can keep track of our itinerary, record our thoughts and feelings about the places we visit, and even add pictures and maps to help us remember the details. Whether we're traveling solo or with friends and family, a travel journal is a great way to capture the essence of our trip.

One of the best things about using a printable travel journal is that we can customize it to our liking. We can choose from a variety of designs and layouts that suit our personality and needs. Some journals even come with prompts to help us get started and provide inspiration for our writing.

To make our travel journal even more special, we can add mementos from our trip such as ticket stubs, postcards, and other souvenirs. These items help us remember the details of our trip and bring back fond memories of our experiences.

Overall, a free printable travel journal is a fun and easy way to keep track of our travels and create lasting memories. With a little creativity and a willingness to document our experiences, we can create a journal that is both personal and meaningful.

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Organizing Your Meals and Activities

When traveling, one of the most important things to plan is our meals and activities. We want to make sure we have enough time to try all the local cuisine and experience all the fun activities the destination has to offer. Here are some tips for organizing your meals and activities while on the go.

Breakfast and Lunch

We like to start our day with a hearty breakfast to fuel us for the adventures ahead. We always research the best local breakfast spots ahead of time, so we don't miss out on any must-try dishes. We also make sure to pack some snacks for the day, such as fruit, granola bars, or trail mix, to keep us energized.

For lunch, we usually opt for something quick and easy, like a sandwich or salad. We try to find a local spot to grab a bite, but if we're short on time, we'll grab something from a convenience store or market.

Things to Do

We always make a bucket list of things we want to do and see before we arrive at our destination. This helps us prioritize our time and make sure we don't miss out on anything. We also research any events or festivals that may be happening during our stay and add those to our list.

Once we arrive, we like to book any activities or tours we're interested in right away. This helps us avoid disappointment if they sell out or if we run out of time. We also leave some flexibility in our schedule in case we discover something new we want to try.

Organizing our meals and activities ahead of time helps us make the most of our travels and ensures we don't miss out on any must-try experiences. By starting our day with a hearty breakfast, packing snacks for the day, and making a bucket list of things to do, we can make our travels unforgettable.

The Benefits of a Printable Travel Journal

When it comes to keeping track of our travels, a printable travel journal can be an excellent tool. Here are some of the benefits of using one:

Easy to Use

Printable travel journals are incredibly easy to use. You can print them out at home before your trip, and then fill them in as you go along. You don't need any special software or skills, just a printer and a pen.

There are many different printable travel journals available, so you're sure to find one that suits your needs. Some are designed for specific types of trips, like road trips or backpacking adventures, while others are more general. You can choose one with prompts to help you get started, or a blank one that gives you complete freedom to write whatever you like.

One of the best things about printable travel journals is that they provide structure for your writing. Many include prompts for things like the best meal you had, the most interesting person you met, or the most beautiful view you saw. These prompts can help you organize your thoughts and ensure that you don't forget any important details.

A printable travel journal is a great way to keep all of your travel memories in one place. You can look back on it years later and remember all of the amazing experiences you had. Plus, it's a physical keepsake that you can hold onto and pass down to future generations.

Overall, a printable travel journal is a fantastic tool for anyone who loves to travel. It's easy to use, provides structure, and helps you remember all of the amazing experiences you had on your trip.

Additional Features of a Travel Journal

Aside from the basic features of a travel journal, there are additional features that can make your journal more personalized and functional. Here are some features that you may want to consider when choosing or creating your own travel journal:

A hole punch is a simple tool that can be used to add holes to your journal pages. This feature is especially useful if you want to add your own pages or inserts to your journal. By punching holes in your pages, you can easily add them to your journal binder or ring.

The binding of your travel journal is an important feature to consider. There are different types of binding available, such as spiral binding, ring binding, and perfect binding. Each type of binding has its own advantages and disadvantages, so it's important to choose the one that suits your needs.

Pockets are a great feature to have in your travel journal. They can be used to store small items such as tickets, receipts, or postcards. Having pockets in your journal can help you keep all your travel memorabilia in one place, making it easier to organize and access.

Customizable Pages

Customizable pages are a great feature to have in a travel journal. They allow you to personalize your journal by adding your own photos, drawings, or notes. Some travel journals come with pre-designed pages that you can fill out, while others allow you to create your own pages from scratch.

Writing Prompts

Writing prompts are a great feature to have in a travel journal. They can help you overcome writer's block and inspire you to write about your travel experiences. Some travel journals come with pre-written prompts, while others allow you to create your own.

Overall, these additional features can make your travel journal more functional, personalized, and enjoyable to use. Consider which features are important to you and choose a travel journal that meets your needs.

Finding Inspiration for Your Travel Journal

When it comes to filling up your travel journal, it can be challenging to know where to start. Luckily, there are plenty of sources of inspiration out there to help get your creative juices flowing. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

1. Pinterest

Pinterest is a great resource for finding inspiration for just about anything, and travel journaling is no exception. You can search for travel journaling prompts, creative layouts, and even printable pages to add to your journal. Plus, you can save your favorite ideas to boards for easy reference later.

2. Local Culture

One of the best ways to make your travel journal unique is to draw inspiration from the local culture. Take note of the colors, patterns, and motifs that you see in the architecture, clothing, and art around you. You can incorporate these elements into your journal by using them as inspiration for your layouts, doodles, and color schemes.

3. Your Own Experiences

Of course, the most important source of inspiration for your travel journal is your own experiences. Take note of the sights, sounds, and smells around you, and write down your thoughts and feelings about each new place you visit. You can also include ticket stubs, postcards, and other mementos to help bring your memories to life on the page.

4. Other Travel Journals

Finally, don't be afraid to look to other travel journals for inspiration. You can find plenty of examples online, on social media, or even in bookstores. Take note of the layouts, writing styles, and creative elements that you like, and consider incorporating them into your own journal in your own unique way.

With these sources of inspiration, you're sure to find plenty of ideas for filling up your travel journal. Happy journaling!

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some creative travel journal ideas.

When it comes to travel journaling, there are countless ways to get creative. You can incorporate sketches, photographs, ticket stubs, and other mementos to add visual interest to your journal. You can also experiment with different writing styles, such as poetry or stream-of-consciousness writing, to make your entries more engaging. Additionally, you can try using prompts or challenges to help guide your writing and keep things interesting.

How can I make a baby travel journal?

If you're traveling with a baby, creating a travel journal can be a great way to document your experiences and memories. You can start by choosing a journal or notebook that you like and customizing it with stickers, washi tape, or other decorations. Then, you can use the journal to record your baby's milestones, such as their first time on an airplane or their first taste of a new food. You can also include photos, drawings, or other mementos to make the journal more visually interesting.

Where can I find a free travel journal template in PDF format?

There are many websites that offer free travel journal templates in PDF format. Some popular options include Canva, Pinterest, and Etsy. You can also try searching for “free travel journal template PDF” on Google to find additional resources.

What are some websites that offer free printable travel journals?

There are a variety of websites that offer free printable travel journals, including Jessie on a Journey, Tourist Secrets, and Travel with Meraki. These journals typically include prompts, writing exercises, and other features designed to help you document your travels in a meaningful way.

How can I create a digital travel journal for free?

If you prefer to keep your travel journal online, there are several free options available. One popular choice is to use a blogging platform, such as WordPress or Blogger, to create a travel blog. You can also use social media platforms, such as Instagram or Facebook, to share your travel experiences with friends and family. Another option is to use a dedicated travel journal app, such as Journo or Day One, to keep track of your adventures.

Where can I find a free vacation journal for students?

If you're a student looking to document your summer travels, there are several free vacation journal templates available online. Some options include the Vacation Journal for Kids from My Frugal Adventures and the Summer Vacation Journal from Education.com. These journals typically include prompts and activities designed to help students reflect on their experiences and learn from their travels.

Travel Journal: Ideas, Tips, and How To Write a Travel Diary

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Traveling has the potential to be wildly fulfilling. It exposes you to new cultures, different perspectives and unique experiences. The further you travel the more you are pushed out of your comfort zone. And the more you are pushed out of your comfort zone, the more you learn about yourself and the world around you.

One of the most popular types of journals is a travel journal. By having a travel diary, you can keep all these new experiences and knowledge in one place where you can reflect on them.

What is a travel journal?

Travel journals are a place where you can write about trips you have taken, what you learned during and the experiences you had. It is a collection of adventures, stories, memories and discovery.  It doesn’t matter where you're going or who you’re traveling with, an online trip journal can come anywhere. 

Why Write A Journal When Traveling?

There are many benefits of keeping a journal when traveling, but here are a few to start with:

Remember More

By writing down the things you want to do on your trip and the things you have done during it, you won’t forget the reasons you wanted to go and will remember more of your visit.

When traveling somewhere new, you will learn a lot about that place’s culture, customs and people. By having a place to write down your observations, you will absorb more of your surroundings.

Reflect More

A journal is a place to record new things you have discovered while exploring various places you visit. By having all these new findings in one place, you will be able to look back and reflect on what you have learned and apply it to other parts of your life.

How To Write Travel Journals: 5 Tips To Get The Most Out Of Your Journaling

You don’t need to be traveling to Timbuktu to write a travel diary. Your writing can start with a family vacation or a weekend getaway. All you need is a destination and your holiday journal can begin!

1. Use your journal to plan your trip

Your trip journal can begin before your trip has even started. Use your journal to start planning the things you want to do. It can be anything from a cool restaurant you want to eat at, a hike you want to go on or different sights you want to see. Write down whatever is on your trip check-list, so you don’t forget it.

Once you know what you want to do, do some research and figure out the best way to do it. If you want to go see a special monument, figure out the best way to get there and put it in your journal. If you want to do some cool activities, write down the contact information of the people, places or tours that facilitate them. Your journal is also a great place to keep the contact information of your accommodations and transportation.

2. Write about what you imagine it will be like

Sometimes when you travel, your destination is wildly different than what you expected. Maybe you expected the local food to be bad and it turned out to be delicious. Maybe you imagined the town to be smaller than it actually is. Maybe you thought you would be more comfortable with the language. Whatever it is, think about writing it down before you arrive. It will be interesting to compare these predictions to what you actually experienced.

3. Write during your trip

It is always easier to remember things when they are fresh in your brain, so try and write as much as you can while traveling; every day if you can. Your journal entries don’t have to be long, but let them highlight what you feel was most important or exciting. How did you feel during your visit to the local market? What did you smell, taste and hear? Did you learn something new from the person you spoke to at the bar? Were you surprised by the clothes people were wearing? What was the view from the top of the mountain like? Before you go to bed, try and recall what you did that day, what you thought and how you felt. This will serve as a great way to remember more from your trip, but will also help you reflect and grow from what you encountered.

4. Add pictures to your journal

Even though your journal is meant for writing, pictures are still worth a thousand words. Combining pictures with your first-hand accounts of what they represent, or what happened when they were taken, will make for an even more comprehensive narrative of your travels. Don’t worry about glueing or taping anything either. Penzu allows you to upload pictures straight into your online travel journal, so you can keep your pictures and words connected and organized.

5. Write about your trip after you leave

Since you write about your trip before you arrive, you should also write about it after you leave.

  • What was it like?
  • What did you learn?
  • What surprised you?
  • What disappointed you?

It is important to reflect on your travels, so you can retain new understandings and apply them to future adventures. This is also a great way to learn about yourself, other people you may have travelled with and how you can grow. Step back from all the things you did and try to see the big picture. It may surprise you.

10 Travel Journal Ideas To Inspire You

The blank pages of your travel journal may not be serving as great inspiration, but your new trip should! Here are 10 travel journal ideas to get those creative juices flowing, kick-start your writing and help you get the most out of your travels. We hope these journal prompts help!

1. Why are you going?

Not every trip needs an explanation and not every vacation needs a justification. People travel for all sorts of different reasons or for no reason at all, but if your travel has purpose, write about it. Even if you’re traveling for the sake of it, that is a reason worth talking about too.

2. Write about your expectations.

As we mentioned above, expectations can wildly differ from reality, especially when going somewhere you’ve never been or going with someone you have never travelled with before. Jot down what you think the trip will be like, or hope it will be like.

3. What are you going to do?

Write about the things you want to do, the sights you want to see, the music you want to dance to, the food you want to taste. Writing it all down will get you excited and help you not to forget.

4. Write about the people.

Did you meet anyone new? Did you make a new friend? Were the locals welcoming? Did you learn something new from a stranger? Did you learn something new from a friend? People can really make a trip. Whether you came with them, or met them there, write about how the people you encountered affected your experience.

5. Write about the food.

Just because you call it your travel diary, doesn’t mean it can’t double as a food diary . If there are any foods you loved, dishes you hated or recipes you can’t live without, write them down to remember them all. Maybe some new fare you tried will influence your tastes when you return home.

6. The ups and the downs.

What did you like most about the trip? What did you like the least?

7. Write about yourself.

Reflect on the new experiences you had, what made you uncomfortable and what enticed you. Did you learn anything new about yourself on the trip? Did being somewhere else expose something you hadn’t seen in yourself before? Traveling can help people grow. Think about your journey and if it helped you grow in any way.

8. Write a travel guide.

If you knew friends were going to the same place, what would you tell them to do? Write down your recommendations and the stuff that should not be missed.

9. What would you have changed?

Is there anything about the trip you would have changed? Is there anything else you wish you did? Anything you wish you didn’t do? Write about your travels and how you can improve them for the next time you go away.

10. Where do you want to go next?

We all have a wish-list of places we want to go. Write yours down and try to start checking them off.

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There are so many reasons why you must use this superb Free Printable Travel Journal next time you are planning a trip! Every vacation you take, whether alone, with your partner, with friends, or with family, deserves to be planned and documented. In turn, your trip will be remembered for years to come thanks to this journal!

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Traveling is a fantastic opportunity to see the globe and learn about different cultures. It’s also a lot of fun!

If you’re going on a vacation soon, be sure to keep track of your activities with this free printable travel journal/diary.

There is plenty of room in this printable for you to record your thoughts, experiences, and recollections from your trip.

Plus you can print a copy for everyone in your travel party (there is no age limit on the printable!) and you can re-print it for all of your trips as you take them.

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Document Your Adventures!

Traveling is a great time for personal growth, meeting new people, and discovering what the world has to offer.

One thing you’re likely to do while travelling is to snap photos to document what you see.

While photographs are lovely, things like thoughts, feelings, scents, noises, and even conversations are frequently lost with the passage of time.

However, if you keep notes about your trip, you will be able to chronicle those things that the camera will not be able to catch.

Each colorful page gives you the opportunity to jot down all the details of your trip, including subjects or points of view that you may not usually consider making note of. 

You will then be able to relive the memories by just reading your travel journal and looking at your pictures.

Reliving our vacations is why I write (and share!) my Disney trip reports on my blog!

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How To Print Your Free Printable Travel Journal

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  • Alternatively, you could send the file to an online print shop and have it bound for you too.

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Is This A Guided Travel Journal?

Every travel adventure is different, so, this isn’t a guided journal as such, but there are ten questions to get you started, as well as motivational quotes to inspire you.

  • Talk about the places where you are considering traveling.
  • Which destination seems to keep drawing you back? Why?
  • Do you have a goal or specific reason for traveling to the next place?
  • Write about your expectations regarding the upcoming trip.
  • Write about the destination research you’ve done so far.
  • What “Must See” suggestions have you gotten from others? Which of these are a good fit for you and interest you the most?
  • What fascinates you about your destination and why?
  • What is the funniest thing that’s happened in your journey?
  • What surprised you most about the people, culture, food, etc.?
  • What advice would you give others about going to this destination?

How To Use Your Free Printable Journal

Remember that the more frequently you write and the more information you include, the more you will appreciate your travel journal after you get home.

Here are more ideas when journalling your travel adventures:

  • Plan your vacation with the help of your journal. Discuss why you choose the destination, time, excursions, and so forth.
  • Write about how you picture your trip unfolding and what you want to accomplish, then compare that to how it actually happened!
  • How did you travel? Plane, train, automobile? Did anything noteworthy happen? What did you enjoy (and not enjoy) about traveling?
  • Write about what happens to you and how you feel while you’re on your journey, as well as your daily activities and experiences.
  • Discuss someone you met or something you witnessed that left an impression on you.
  • Consider what surprised or shocked you, what made you smile, or what you learned on that day.
  • Include photographs , ticket stubs, and other vacation keepsakes.
  • Include a map and highlight the locations you visited.
  • Document your thoughts once you return from your travels. Would you have changed anything, would you return for another visit – why or why not?

Fill your printable travel journal to your heart’s content! You can always print more pages to fill!

Every trip deserves to be remembered!

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More Travel Journaling Tips

While journaling, remember to:

  • Add the date and title to your entries and memorable moments.
  • Write every day and include plenty of details like sights, sounds, smells, feelings, and thoughts.
  • If you’re in a rush and cannot document your day, at least make a few notes with any important details. Bullet points are your friend! Then finish the entry as soon as possible as memories tend to fade after a few days.
  • If you’re journaling for someone other than yourself, (much like I do with my trip reports!) consider questions they might ask and information that might be helpful to the reader at a later date.
  • Once you’ve completed your travel journal, the precious memories of your trip and all that you saw and learned will be safely documented forever.

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31 Travel Journal Prompts + Creative Travel Journal Ideas

Looking for travel journal prompts and creative travel journal ideas ?

Then you’re in the right place! 

Especially right now as travel is limited and people are searching for ways to travel at home, such as through relaxing staycations , keeping a travel journal can be a great way to relive your favorite trip memories. 

Moreover, it can keep travel alive, allow you to explore the world from home, and help you stay curious. 

Keep reading for a list of fun journal writing prompts related to travel as well as tips for creating something tangible that truly helps you feel inspired. 

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Before we dive into the post, though, I want to offer you the chance to grab my free printable travel journal . 

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The trip journal includes 56 prompts in total. 

This inspiring printable and fillable journal is great for exercising your creativity while traveling from home as you remember your favorite trips. 

Grab it, and then feel free to message me on Instagram ( @jessieonajourney ) to let me know which travel journal writing prompts were your favorite and why.

I plan to update the journal in the future — and you’ll get any revisions I make — so your feedback is appreciated!

What Is A Travel Journal?

A travel journal is a place where you can document your trip memories, whether you’re spending 7 days in Cancun , going on a solo USA road trip , off completing the world’s best hiking trails , or something else.

These can be paper or digital, bound or looseleaf, thin or thick. And— when it comes to how to write in a travel journal — it can include just text or a variety of mediums.

The point is, it offers a way to record what happens to you on the road — though you’re welcome to take your entries and give them a fictional twist for fun! 

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Choosing Your Travel Journal

I may be a little biased, but if you’re looking for the best travel journal with prompts, I recommend grabbing my free printable journal here . 

Because I made it fillable, you can also use it as a travel journal online!

Additionally, there are loads of inspiring options online if you’d prefer to purchase one. A quick note that the below journal links are affiliate links. 

On Amazon, I love this vegan leather option as well as this mindful travel journal .

Additionally, I’m a huge fan of the travel journals at Modcloth. Click here and search “journals” to view their latest collection.

Creative Travel Journal Ideas

Wondering how to be creative in your journal?

First of all, remember that a journal doesn’t just have to be writing. Use markers, paints, stickers, glitter, and even momentos from your travels to really bring the text to life. 

Of course, don’t forget about travel-themed accents, too, like stamps, tickets, postcards, and maps — you can even cut out sections of a map to showcase your favorite destinations. 

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If you’re artistic, you might also consider bullet journaling and other techniques to make your journal more visual. 

In terms of keeping your travel writing fresh, having details to pull from can be a huge help.

When possible, try to experience a place with all five senses so you have more to draw from later. I personally like to take notes right after any experience I think I may write about later. 

Keep in mind, being fully present in this way is also just an overall healthy practice. 

If you’re having trouble remembering details, try to sit in silence and do a visualization. Personally, when I do this exercise I aim to not only see myself in a place, but to put myself back in the place so that I am seeing the scene through my own eyes. 

Feeling writer’s block?

Sometimes all that it takes is a change of scenery to get inspired again. Try going for a walk or trying a new cafe to see if that helps.

If not, put the journal away, give yourself some mental space, and pick it back up tomorrow. 

And if you’re proud of what you’ve written, feel free to post it on social media, share it in an email with friends or, of course, keep it to yourself. 

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How To Keep A Travel Journal: Quick Tips 

As an avid journaler myself, these are some of my personal tips for having fun, feeling creative, and staying inspired while writing.

As with travel tips and trip styles, everyone has their own process when it comes to journaling, and something that works for me may not work for you. Feel free to try out this advice, keep what works, and let go of what doesn’t.

Overall, the goal is that you get something beneficial out of these pages.

Tip #1: Journal when you feel most creative.

For instance, you might choose some mindful ways to start your day and have completing daily journal prompts be one of your morning rituals. 

However, if you find you feel more creative in the afternoon or evening, plan your writing for then.

Tip #2: Don’t edit as you write.

Allow your first draft to be all about getting your ideas and thoughts down onto the paper and getting into a creative flow state.

You can always tweak things later.

Tip #3: Remember the power of lists.

This is one of my favorite trip journal ideas!

Writing in lists can be helpful when you’re:

  • having trouble getting started
  • wondering what things to put in a travel journal
  • feeling like your sentences just aren’t flowing together

This way, you can at least get your ideas down and edit them together in a cohesive manner later on.

Tip #4: Write stories.

While this isn’t mandatory, those who are curious how to write a travel journal that’s worth reading should consider writing your thoughts as stories instead of in a stream-of-conscious fashion. 

To write a story, make sure you have a beginning, middle, and end. Actually, if you really want to do it right, you should also consider character, plot, setting, and tension.

For a lesson in storytelling, make sure to check out this video on how to improve your creative storytelling skills for more engaging writing:

Tip #5: Go beyond text.

Wondering what to put in a travel journal?

Realize there is no right or wrong answer to this question!

Keep it text-based, or add paintings, drawings, stickers, momentos from your trip, and more. 

Personally, I’ve started writing out my journal entries and then drawing them to add some additional creativity and really bring the pages to life. 

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The Best Travel Journal Apps

Prefer a digital journal option over paper? 

There is an app for that! 

I’ve talked about my favorite travel safety apps before, but here are a few of my favorite apps for keeping a travel journal:

Travel Diaries .  This free app allows you to create both public and private journals. The layouts are customizable, and you can easily add text, photos, and even maps. 

One really neat feature of this app:

You can turn your travel diary into a physical creation to be shipped to your home!

Day One Journal . This is another great travel journal app that makes it simple to record your memories using photos, videos, drawings, and even audio recordings. 

The “On This Day” feature allows you to go back in time to revisit your favorite trip moments, while automatic backups ensure your content never gets lost. 

Unique app feature:

You can handwrite in your journal using your finger or Apple Pencil. 

This travel app has both free and paid premium versions. 

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Polarsteps . Dubbed “the personal travel log in your pocket,” Polarsteps is an app that helps you plan your trips as well as record them along the way in a visually-appealing manner.

In fact, this app puts an emphasis on adding experiences to maps and using video to document, so you can really bring your trips back to life later on. 

A feature I love:

You can turn your travel memories into a stunning hardcover book to keep!

Unique Travel Journal Examples

Looking for some travel journal inspiration?

Here are some mood boards with journal examples to help get your creative juices flowing.

These are also helpful if you’re wanting to learn how to make a travel journal.

By the way:

Check out the bottom right photo in the top collage if you’re looking for travel journal layout ideas.

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Travel Writing Prompts – Quick Picker 

If you’re like me and often feel indecisive when choosing a prompt, I’ve got a fun little tool that can help:

The above video moves through the list of writing prompts quickly.

To use it as a quick picker, press play, turn your gaze down, and then stop the video at a random moment.

Then, voilà , you’ve got your travel writing prompt chosen for you! 

31 Travel Journal Prompts

Whether you’re physically traveling or at home dreaming of the road, use these travel prompts for your journal.

I love these prompts for when I’m feeling stuck and am searching for things to write in a travel journal:

1. Remember a time when you met people while traveling that felt like family. Describe your time with them in great detail.

2. Write a postcard to a friend from a place you’ve loved visiting.

3. Think about a problem that exists in travel. Now, invent a solution to the problem. Hey, could this journal help you come up with your next million-dollar idea?

4. If you could go on a trip with anyone, dead or alive, who would you go with? Where would you go and what would you do?

5. Share a time you were lost or that you lost something while traveling. 

6. How has travel changed or shaped you? Note: This is one of my favorite self-discovery journal prompts!

7. Start your travel story with the following: “It was a dark and stormy night…”

8. What is the first vacation memory that comes to mind? Come up with your memory in 10 seconds or less!

9. Think back to the most beautiful place you’ve ever been to. Now, describe it using all five senses.

10. Write about a multi-destination trip — from the perspective of your backpack.

11. What is a sticky situation you’ve gotten out of on the road? Hint: Allow this to also be a reminder of your strength!

12. What is a fear you’ve overcome while traveling? How?

13. Take your story from the previous prompt about overcoming a fear while traveling and rewrite it from the perspective of an onlooker.

14. What has been your craziest transportation experience?

15. Write a review of the best hotel you’ve ever stayed in.

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16. Write a review of the worst hotel you’ve ever stayed in using humor.

17. Write a letter of gratitude to someone who showed you an act of kindness on the road .

18. Write about the last trip you took — from the perspective of yourself in the year 2600.

19. Write about a hike you loved doing using all five senses.

20. “Travel makes me feel _____.” Why?

21. Write about a trip you took last year from the perspective of your favorite book or movie character.

22. What is the biggest lesson that travel has taught you? Share a story that brings this to life.

23. Pretend that you were given an extra day on a trip you loved. What would that day have looked like?

24. Choose a trip you haven’t written about yet. Now choose a different time period, and write about the trip as if it happened in that time period.

25. In your opinion, what is the biggest misconception about travel?

26. Think back to an interesting conversation you’ve had while traveling and begin your story with that dialogue.

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27. Transport yourself to a beautiful beach you’ve visited. Suddenly, a message in a bottle washes up onto the shore. What does it say? How do you react?

28. Here is a road trip journal idea! Write about a road trip you went on, but have someone else from the trip be the narrator. Hint: If you traveled solo, have the car or an onlooker be the narrator.

29. Think of a time you went on a trip that took you out of your comfort zone. Write the end of the story, then the middle, then the beginning.

30. What is one piece of advice you’ve been told by a local while traveling? Have you applied it to your life? Why/why not?

31. If you were to write a travel memoir, what would the first chapter look like?

Bonus: Pair Your Journal Prompts With Self-Care

In my opinion, the best way to enjoy time spent journaling is by pairing it with other self-care activities.

In the video above, I share my top 10 favorite self-care tips and rituals for travelers — though they can also be enjoyed at home!

My recommendation:

Make a day of it! Use the journal prompts and the self-care rituals to create your own DIY retreat .

Want more travel-themed prompts?

Don’t forget to grab my free downloadable Inspired Storyteller Travel Journal — featuring inspiring quotes, writing tips, and 56 fun prompts to help you recount your favorite trip memories and write creatively. 

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These prompts are just the inspiration I needed to capture my thoughts about travel. Not only do they tap into my travel memories, but they feed my creative spirit. Who says you have to actually go anywhere to be well-traveled? 😉

I have trouble keeping a journal, but have always want too – these are such good prompts ill have to give it another try!

Wow, what an incredible article! I’m so grateful to have come across this treasure trove of travel journal prompts and ideas. The suggestions provided here are truly inspiring and have sparked my wanderlust even more. From capturing the sensory details to reflecting on personal growth, these prompts cover every aspect of a fulfilling travel journal. The beautiful descriptions and practical tips have motivated me to start documenting my adventures with a renewed passion. Thank you for sharing such a valuable resource that will undoubtedly enhance my future travel experiences. Keep up the fantastic work!

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A Travel journal printable template helps you document your adventures in an organized manner. By using such a template, you can easily record the places you visit, your experiences, thoughts, and the people you meet. It serves as a wonderful keepsake to reminisce about your journeys. With designated sections for dates, locations, and personal reflections, it streamlines the process of keeping a detailed account of your travels, making it effortless to capture those precious moments.

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Creating a personalized travel diary becomes effortless with printable travel journal pages templates. These templates help you organize your thoughts, memories, and experiences in a structured way, making it easy to reflect on your adventures. They're suitable for any traveler looking to document their journey in a detailed and memorable fashion.

With a printable travel journal template, you can easily record your adventures, thoughts, and photos from your trips. This tool is perfect for individuals who want to keep a detailed account of their travels without the hassle of designing a layout from scratch, ensuring you capture every moment.

Printable travel journal templates for kids are an excellent way for young travelers to document their journeys. These templates are designed to be engaging and fun, prompting kids to write and draw about their experiences. It's a great way to keep them entertained during travel while preserving memories of their adventures.

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6 Free Travel Journal Apps to Create a Beautiful Trip Diary

Use these free travel journal apps to note your thoughts, add photos, map your locations, and share your travel diary with friends.

They say that the trick to remembering anything you learn, think, or feel, is to write it down. Travelling is all about learning, thinking, and feeling, and these free travel journal apps make it easy for you to maintain a trip diary, which you can embellish with photos and share with friends.

1. Find Penguins (Android, iOS): Auto Track Your Travels and Post Updates for Friends

Find Penguins is a smart app that automatically tracks your movements during your trip, while your phone is in your pocket. It also updates the weather, temperature, and altitude, providing a quick snapshot of what the conditions were like that day.

All the data that the app gathers is presented in cool statistics and interactive maps. It's fun to see how you traveled represented on a map as a trail and posts about the noteworthy events. Find Penguins also updates your profile along the way, noting how many countries you went to, how many trips, and so on.

Each post in Find Penguins is called a footprint, which can include text, images, videos, or a combination of these. The app is a bit like using social media, and you can control who sees your posts. If you discover something you want to do while browsing a friend's feed, you can add it to your "bucket list" and save it for later. If you're traveling with someone else, you can add them to your trip to get joint updates on your statistics.

Download: Find Penguins for Android | iOS (Free)

2. Travel Facets (Web, Android, iOS): Turn Your Camera Roll Into an Automatic Album

Travel Facets turns all the photos you take on a trip into an organized album of your travels. The app reads the geotagging location data in each picture you've taken with your phone, matches the date and time with weather records, and maps out the trail. You won't have to lift a finger throughout this process.

Once the album is ready, you can edit it to add captions or additional data. These are called waypoints, and you can even add non-image waypoints manually to note something worthwhile.

You can also skip the entire automatic album maker and make a trip manually. You get more control over each waypoint and how it represents your trip. You'll want to use this mode if you want a robust travel diary, adding your thoughts to create a memorable journal.

Share albums with other Travel Facets users or privately so that only those with the link can see your trip.

Download: Travel Facets for Android | iOS (Free)

3. TravelMap (Web): Simplest Way to Create a Map of Your Travel Blog

Sometimes, you don't want the complexities of an app, social news feeds, auto-tagging, and all that jazz. Instead, all you want is to create a map where you add places of interest to plot your trail, along with photos and journal entries. TravelMap is that simple, free solution.

The simplicity of this web app is its best part. Sign up, create your mini-site with a unique address, and start creating your map. The map is your homepage, where you add places by searching or clicking placemarkers. You can always reorder these too.

Then, add images to your map or write posts and link them to the placemarkers you've already mapped. The result for a viewer is a neatly ordered map showing your journey, with a sidebar that displays images or posts to reveal more about your adventures.

The free version of TravelMap should be enough for most people, as its restrictions are still pretty high (like a maximum of 100 images). However, the premium version removes all such limitations if you need it. You can also check out a cool demo of TravelMap to see its full possibilities.

4. Jauntlet (Web, Android, iOS): Journal That Looks Like a Travel Blog Timeline

The Jauntlet web and mobile app look a bit dated compared to others in this list, but the final output looks so good that it deserves a recommendation. It's a mix of a travel journal and a travel blog, presenting your trip in a neat timeline.

When you sign up, Jauntlet asks you to also connect your Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts. This lets the app import photos from your different profiles. When you make any new post of a city you've been to, add the location to plot it on a map, write a journal entry of what you saw and felt, and select photos to add to the entry.

The final result looks fantastic, as seen in the image above. It's a timeline of where you've been, showing a map on the left, the city and date at the top, and your thoughts and photos on the right. Viewers can also comment under the entry. The whole thing can be played as an automatic slideshow, taking readers through your entire journey.

Download: Jauntlet for Android | iOS (Free)

5. Travel Diaries (Web, Android,iOS): Create an Actual Diary and Optionally Print It

Travel Diaries is a free app to design what a travel journal of your trip will look like and optionally print it too. The app is a virtual open book where you can write beautifully formatted entries.

For each page, you can apply one out of 38 custom layouts, choosing how text and images will appear on the page. Based on the layout, select and upload images from your camera roll, and write text in the simple text editor.

Travel Diaries isn't the best app for on-the-fly travel journaling while you're on the trip. It's more a place to reflect on your journey and compose a good-looking travel diary that you would be proud to show to friends. If you like what you've created, you can pay to download a PDF of the journal or ask the app makers to print and ship the travel journal to you directly.

Download: Travel Diaries for Android | iOS (Free)

6. Traveldays (Web): Travelogue of Photos With Location, Time, and Captions

Traveldays is one of the best online photo album creators to show off your trips and vacations. It's shockingly easy to use, as it takes your photos and automatically turns them into a picture journey of your travels, almost like showing postcards or polaroids to friends.

Upload your pictures in the order you want, and Traveldays will seek their geotagging information to pin it to a Google Map. You can also write small captions on each image. Share the link with your friends, and you're done.

Try a Physical Travel Diary

So which travel journal app should you go for? There's no one-size-fits-all app here. As a rule of thumb, Find Penguins, Travel Facets, and Jauntlet can better log your thoughts while on the trip. TravelMap, Travel Diaries, and Traveldays are better to create a travel diary after you're back from the trip.

But as much as we love these apps, there is a case to be made to use a physical travel diary instead. Not only do many travelers swear by the little diary they carry with them, but How Life Unfolds offers a detailed guide on how to use a travel journal while you're on a trip to make it more memorable than ever before.

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Are you planning a trip? Looking for a way to document your adventure? Look no further than a travel journal! A travel journal serves as a personal memoir of your journey, capturing moments, emotions, and experiences. Not only does it preserve your memories, but it also allows you to reflect on your trip long after it's over. In this article, we will explore travel journal ideas, templates, tips, and how to write a travel journal that will become a cherished keepsake.

What are travel journals?

Travel journals help you to write and document about the experience you had during your trips. You can include the written description of the place that you have visited, list down your itinerary, the photos that you took during your trip and even voice recordings that you have made during your time. Travel journal is one of the most popular journal amongst the different types of journals.

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What is the purpose of travel journal

1. discover and learn more things.

Young woman writting in a travel journal diary while sitting on the terrace in the city.

Traveling usually leads one to gain new experiences and discoveries. By writing down your experience, you will get to understand your surroundings better, reflect and remember the discoveries that you have made during the trip.

2. Travel memories not to be forgotten

One of the main purposes of a travel journal is to preserve memories and experiences. By documenting your travels using a diary software , you are creating a record of the places you visited, the people you met, the sights you saw, and the activities you participated in. It provides a way to capture the essence of your journey and preserve it for years to come. As time passes, memories may fade, but a well-documented travel journal helps keep those memories alive.

3. Write a shared travel journal

A travel journal can also serve as a means of sharing your experiences with others. Whether it's with friends, family, or fellow travelers, sharing your travel journal can inspire, educate, or entertain others. You can pass on valuable recommendations and insights about destinations, provide practical tips, or simply share your adventures through storytelling. Your travel journal can become a source of inspiration for others who are planning their own trips, encouraging them to explore new places and create their own memories.

How to Write Travel Journals: 3 Amazing Tips to Get Started

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Embarking on a travel journal may initially feel like a daunting task. The idea of documenting your adventures, emotions, and experiences can be overwhelming, especially with the sheer volume of memories and details that come with traveling. However, with a few helpful tips, maintaining a travel journal can transform into an exhilarating and fulfilling endeavor.

1. Find the perfect travel journal

To start, finding the right journal is crucial. Look for one that is durable, portable, and compact, ensuring it can withstand the rigors of your travels without taking up excessive space. Additionally, consider a journal with blank or lined pages that will accommodate both writing and creative elements such as sketches, doodles, or collages.

In addition to traditional pen-and-paper journals, modern technology offers a convenient alternative for keeping a travel journal: smartphone apps. One such app that is particularly useful for travel journaling is the Journey app. Journey is a digital journaling platform that allows users to keep track of their experiences, thoughts, and memories.

A digital journal app called Journey which shows the location of the journal entries in a map.

Just like a physical journal, the Journey app provides a space to jot down detailed notes about your travels. It allows you to capture not only the sights and sounds of your adventures, but also emotions and reflections that make the experience truly memorable.

With Journey, you can easily create multimedia entries by adding photos and videos to your journal. This feature enables you to visually document your journey, adding depth and vibrancy to your memories. The app also provides the option to geotag your entries, allowing you to easily organize your experiences by location.

Plan an upcoming trips using the Journey app's travel journal template which includes itinerary plans, flight number, hotel information, places to visit and more.

You also don't need to be in the country you will be traveling to in order to start your first journal. A travel journal can be used to plan your upcoming trips as well. Using the journal travel template in Journey, you can add the places you would like to visit, followed by itinerary plans, tours, and more, creating a travel wishlist!

2. Write about your expectations of this vacation

Before you set foot in the first city, you can write about your expectations of the trip in your journal. By listing down your expectations about how the holiday will be, you can heighten your pre-departure excitement and feel as if the vacation has already begun. At the end of your vacation, you can compare the expectations noted in your journal with what you actually experienced during the trip.

3. Write a reflection after your trip

Writing a reflective journal of your travel journey can be useful as it is a great way to recap what you have learned about the people you were with, yourself, and the trip in general. It is something that we advise you to do after a specific event, trip, or activity as it helps you gain insights and apply them to your future vacations.

Travel journal ideas that inspire you

Top view of people writing a travel journal before and after a vacation trip.

Not sure how to start the first page of your new travel journal? Refer to some of the travel journal prompts to kick-start your first journal of the trip!

Pre-depature ideas

  • Why are you going?
  • What are the places that you are most excited to visit?
  • What are your expectations for the trip?

Post-holiday ideas

  • Write about the people that you have interacted with.
  • Write about the food.
  • What did you like/dislike most about the trip, and why?
  • Reflect and write on your experience of the day.
  • What is something that you wish to do the next time you visit again?
  • How would you recommend the trip to your friends and family? Write a travel guide for them!
  • Where’s your next stop that you would like to travel to?

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The Binger Center for New Americans at the University of Minnesota Law School is pleased to host the 2024 Immigration Law Teachers & Scholars Workshop on May 29-31, 2024 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This conference provides a forum for immigration law scholars to receive and provide constructive feedback on scholarship in a supportive setting; attend panel discussions that focus on teaching, scholarship, and other issues relevant to a career as an immigration law scholar; and connect with colleagues from across the country.  The conference will include a clinic workshop on Wednesday afternoon and two full days of plenary and concurrent sessions, including works in progress sessions on Thursday, May 30, and Friday, May 31. 

More details to come, including instructions to submit a work-in-progress or incubator idea session proposal.  

If you would like to help craft those details and are interested in serving on the planning committee, contact Sarah Brenes at  [email protected] or Fatma Marouf at  [email protected] .

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The Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport (MSP) is a short cab or ride share ride from campus. It is also accessible by Lightrail.

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Special rates for conference attendees are available at the following hotel, which is less than a 5 minute walk from the law school:

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Rate: $149/night Book by: May 1, 2024

Reserve your room online by clicking on the Group Rate Hotel Reservation . You can also book via phone by calling 877-699-3216 and mention the group name: "2024 National Immigration Law Professors Conference".

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Remember the time your son or daughter looked at you and said, "What do you do at work all day?"

It's difficult to explain what happens at work. Sometimes, the best way for a child to learn is for them to see it themselves.

Children can get the opportunity with Take Your Child to Work Day.

When is Take Your Child to Work Day?

Bring Your Child To Work Day is on the fourth Thursday of April. This year, that's Thursday, April 25.

What is Take Your Child to Work Day?

According to daughtersandsonstowork.org , the event is designed to be more than a career day; it goes beyond the average practice of “shadowing” an adult. Exposing children to what a parent or mentor does during the workday shows them the value of their education, helping them discover the power and possibilities of work and family life. It provides boys and girls a chance to share how they envision the future and allows them to begin steps toward their goals in a hands-on and interactive environment.

What is the theme for Take Your Child to Work Day?

Inspire 2 Aspire is the 2024 theme, which is about instilling a mindset that children can choose their future. It highlights the collaborative development of youth, preparing them to navigate the evolving world of work.

What's the best age to take your child to work?

According to Indeed.com, the general age range is between 8 and 18 years old.

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Here are some dos and don't if you're taking your child to work from Indeed.com :

  • Know your child's limitations: Don't do too much, but you also don't want your child bored. Plan a healthy balance of activities and remember, you're not dealing with an adult.
  • Keep your emotions in check: Even the best day can go sideways and you don't want your child to have a negative view of you or your workplace.
  • Check with your boss and other employees: It is just a courtesy to let everyone know your child will be in the office. Plus, you can also find out if any other children are participating so your child will have someone to keep them company.
  • Inform your school: You may want to check and make sure this is an excused absence or if there is classwork your child can do related to Take Your Child to Work Day.
  • Talk with your child about their experience afterward.
  • Don't force your child to participate: If a child doesn't want to go, he or she may not get the most out of it.
  • Don't leave your child unattended at work.
  • Don't oversell your job: Be honest about what you do. Your child won't have unrealistic expectations about his or her day.

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What should I do with my child during Take My Child to Work Day?

If you need help, the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Foundation has a tool kit and facilitator guide for children at daughtersandsonstowork.org.

What if I can't take my child to work?

There are a number of virtual programs available. The U.S. Department of the Interior, for example, has a page dedicated to everything it's doing to celebrate Take Your Child to Work Day . The page has resources for teachers, parents and a virtual program from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Thursday.

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