Even after spending all kinds of time planning travel adventures we always seem to forget little things, such as how we’ll remember our adventures for years to come.
A travel journal is a fantastic way to keep track of all your crazy trips and share them with friends and family. Travel journaling doesn’t have to be time consuming or involve tons of writing.
If you like the idea of documenting your journeys in some way, keep reading to learn about the best travel journals for documenting your adventures.
Going to a bunch of music festivals this year?
If you love to hop from one music festival to the next, a ticket stub diary is right up your alley! Just plop your ticket stub in an open pocket and you’re done.
While these types of journals were created with concerts and music festival tickets in mind, this concept also works will for tickets of other types, such as sports games, museums, and theatre shows.
Love to get crafty? These are the best travel journals for you.
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 scrapbook.
The best part about creating a travel scrapbook is that you can make it as simple or as crafty as you want.
You can create a basic photo album with pictures and a sentence or 2, neatly arranged.
Or you can gather all kinds of fun flair, like stickers, printed paper, ribbon, washi tape, and create all kinds of fun, crafty pages with your photos, boarding passes, ticket stubs, funny quotes, and basically whatever else floats your boat!
Stuck at home? Start a journal about your travel goals!
I always feel super accomplished when I get to cross something off a list, don’t you?
If you’re not traveling, you can turn your journaling time into dreaming up big things for future trips with Travel Listography. This fun travel journal includes journal prompts that are all lists. For example, cities in Europe that you want to visit, and another list for ones that you have.
Journal in the great outdoors, no matter the weather.
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.
Headed on a gap year or long-term trip? This is the best travel journal for you.
If you’re embarking on a long-term trip, be sure to get a travel journal that is durable and has plenty of pages. Not necessarily so thick that it’s heavy, but make sure there’s enough pages to cover the length of your journey.
Moleskine, which is well-known for its durable notebooks and journals, has a series of journals themed after a handful of cities, as well as a generic travel journal.
You could also consider getting a small bundle of journals, if you can’t find one that is thick enough for the length of your trip.
“Too busy” is no excuse for skipping a travel journal.
I get it. Sometimes we’re just too dang busy to spend time writing in a journal or making a scrapbook. A fun way to still keep a journal is the One Line a Day travel journal.
I have the non-travel version of this journal myself. All you have to commit to is writing one sentence each day. Everybody has time for one sentence a day!
A travel journal that will change your mind + maybe even the way you travel.
In a nutshell, mindfulness is living and focusing on the present. 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.
Need a little guidance to get your thoughts going?
Want to keep a travel journal, but need a little guidance? Try guided journaling. These journals include all kinds of fun prompts, so you’ll never have to worry about writer’s block!
Don’t want to lug a journal around? Start a travel blog!
If you’d rather share your travels with others, especially as they happen, start a 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. It can also be done at no cost – if you use a free blogging platform, such as WordPress.com, BlogSpot or Tumblr.
If the idea of a blog seems overwhelming, you could also start a Facebook page and/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.
Travel journals? There’s an app for that.
If you’re not into starting a blog or publicly journaling about your travels on social media, yet still don’t want to lug around a journal, consider an app. There are lots of travel journal apps available for both iPhone and Android phones. Check out my post on travel journal apps to find the best option for you.
Do you draw better than you write?
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 day or taking photographs, draw a sketch!
Alternatively, you could also carve out time into your schedule to sketch a scene live. Perhaps 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 sketchbook makes such a fun keepsake from a trip. Plus, you get to practice your skills!
Guided journals + photo album = this journal
Photo books and Instagram are two great options for travel photographers. But that’s not all!
Check out this fun guided travel photography journal from XYZ. It’s like a guided journal mashed up with an Instagram photo challenge, with prompts to take photos while traveling. Sounds like a fun way to get to know your camera and yourself as a travel photographer, doesn’t it?
Create your own photo book
I LOVE to create photo books using pictures from my travels. They make great coffee table books and are great conversation starters. Photo books also make fantastic gifts for friends or family that you travel with.
Like a traditional DIY scrapbook, you can make your photo book as simple or as flashy as you want. I prefer to mix things and create a photobook that is stylized like a scrapbook. Mixbook is my favorite site to create photo books like this.
Check out a few more fun options on how to repurpose your travel photos in my post on what to do with Instagram photos.
Get your kiddos in on the travel journaling tradition, too
Scratch off maps are so last year
Which travel journal are you planning to get for your next trip?