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19 Best Travel Journals for Documenting Adventures

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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 fun 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.

Photo book

I LOVE to create photo books using pictures from my travels.

Photo books make great coffee table books and are excellent conversation starters. They also make fantastic gifts for friends and 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 up and create a photo book 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 about the best photo gifts you can make with travel pics.

Travel scrapbook

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!

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

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.

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.

Travel journal app

If you’re not into starting a blog or publicly journaling about your travels on social media and don’t want to lug around a printed journal, use a journal app instead.

There are a ton of travel journal apps available for both iPhone and Android devices. For more information on the best apps out there, check out my post about my favorite travel journal apps.

Which travel journals are you looking to buy?

I hope you’ve found your new favorite travel journal. Let me know which one you bought in the comments below!

If you’re not traveling yet but want to work on gratitude or manifestation journaling, check out my post about the best journals for manifestation.

About the author

Photo of travel blogger Meg Frost, of Frost + Sun, in Havana, Cuba.
Photo by Meg Frost, all rights reserved.

Meg Frost is a Boston-based travel blogger that helps people embrace technology to make vacation planning and traveling wicked easy, affordable, and fun.

She holds an M.A. in Journalism from Northeastern University and B.S. in Communication & American Studies from University of Miami.

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This post was originally published on January 28, 2018. It was last updated on October 27, 2023.

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