Keeping a mindfulness journal during your travels is a great way to focus on the present and experience your journey without distractions, such as judgement.
You Are Here is a great mashup of travel journaling, memory keeping, and mindfulness journaling.
It’s also a great way to train yourself on fully experiencing the cultures of where you travel and practicing mindful travel.
If the thought of writing in a journal each day seems boring to you, but you still love the idea of recording your travel memories, consider putting together a travel scrapbook.
The best part about creating a travel scrapbook is that you can make it as simple or as artsy as you want.
You can create a basic photo album with pictures neatly arranged or you can go all out with fun flair like patterned paper, washi tape, stickers, travel quotes, boarding passes, ticket stubs, brochures – pretty much whatever you want!
While you might not care to journal about your day, perhaps you’ll want to take notes while out on a hike, birdwatching, backcountry camping, and so on. Believe it or not, weatherproof notebooks are a thing!
Rite in the Rain makes notebooks that are portable and weatherproof. The pages won’t deteriorate if they get wet, and neither will the cover. The spiral binding is also pretty durable and won’t bend when smooshed in a backpack or pocket.
To further weatherproof your field notes, use a #2 pencil or Rite in the Rain pen, as the typical ball point pen will bleed if it gets wet.
If you're trapped for space, the Letterfolk passport journals are exactly what you need.
These teeny tiny notebooks come in a variety of themes, such as Trip (general travel), Museum, Wine, and more.
Start a travel blog
If you’d rather share your travels with others, especially as they happen, start a travel blog!
Even if you aren’t looking to start a blog as a business, it can still be a fun way to share your memories with family and friends.
A travel blog can also be done at no cost if you use a free blogging platform, such as WordPress.com.
If the idea of a blog seems overwhelming, you could start a Facebook page or Instagram account instead.
If the purpose of your online travel journal is to stay connected with family and friends, this might be a better route than a blog, assuming your family and friends already spend time on these social networks.
I Was Here is part travel planner and part travel journal. There's space for tips and planning, as well as space for recording your thoughts as you travel. Best of all, it's slim so it won't take up lots of space in your bag.
Keep a sketchbook
If you’ve been blessed with artistic drawing skills (super jealous, BTW), grab yourself an unlined sketch pad before you head out on your next journey.
Instead of writing about your travels at the end of each day, draw something!
Alternatively, you could carve out time into your schedule to sketch a scene live. For example, set yourself up in a park and sketch a beautiful garden, or hike up a mountain to sketch the sun rising above a valley.
I totally wish I had the talent to draw well! A travel sketchbook makes such a fun keepsake from a trip. Plus, you get to practice your skills.