Last Updated on 17th February 2021 by Sophie Nadeau
If you love nostalgia, creativity and more than a few vintage snaps then creating a travel journal may well be the perfect hobby for you to try this year. After all, there’s nothing more rewarding than going old-school when it comes to planning and documenting your voyages across the world. Here are some travel journal ideas you’ll just love!
What is a travel journal/ voyage diary?
If you’ve been on Pinterest recently, then you may well have seen the term ‘travel journal’ pop up on your inspiration suggestions or in your smart feed as we head into the New Year. But, if you’re like me then you’ll probably have had no idea how to implement a voyage diary effectively into your routine when you first saw the term!
Basically, using a travel diary is the perfect way to create an organised diary and planner of sorts that’s focused on being simple and effective without the need for apps or any complicated technology. Plus, you can carry it everywhere with you in your bag- even when technology fails you and your phone dies!
If you love organisation, old-school journaling, and lists but always seem to have a million things to do on your plate, then a travel journal may well be the thing for you (Although I’ve been creating travel journals since I was young, I know I’ve enjoyed my first journal as an adult since creating a new one a few weeks ago!) when it comes to ideas and inspiration for planning and documenting your voyages.
Why should you keep a travel journal this year?
If you’re looking for a New Year’s Resolution you’ll love keeping, then a Travel Journal should top the list. After all, it can be as simple or as detailed as you want. Use it to keep track of travel expenses, new trips, the experiences you’ve had and pretty much everything else related to travel!
Reasons to keep a travel journal:
It’s fun! Enough said…
To make a note of those special moments when you don’t want to pull out your technology; there are times when you don’t want to necessarily pull out your phone to snap a photo- you simply want to retain the magic of the moment for as long as possible.
To remind yourself of the special moments that you might end up forgetting; the way the lake shimmered as you sat on the day ferry, the smell of the cucumber water at the café you visited with your best friend…
To keep track of your budget; again when your phone battery dies you’ll still have your old-school journal to calculate daily budgets and work out if you can splurge on that extra scoop of ice cream when touring an ancient old town.
It can be as private or as open as you like; unless someone physically picks up your diary/ journal and reads it, there’s no way anyone can read your travel journal. It’s somewhere you can put all your thoughts, feelings and sentiments where there’s no danger of someone hacking into your account and reading through it without your permission!
Here are some travel journal ideas you’ll just love!
Create a unique souvenir of your trip
E-readers like Kindles may be easy and portable but nothing brings back those memories quite like flicking through the physical pages of a book. Stick in tourist maps, entry tickets and print out your favourite photos of your trip to make your travel journal a truly interactive experience.
Craft a wish list for your next trip
A travel journal doesn’t have to just record a trip you’ve been on. Instead, you can use it to mind-map places you want to go, write down the expectations of what you’ll see and all of your thoughts surrounding the trip.
This is especially the time to create a nostalgic memory if the trip will be the first time you experience something like going solo. After all, if you have any doubts or fears, getting them down on paper will help you find the root of the problem quicker.
Make small annotations as you go on your voyage
When you’re on the bus note down small observations of the trip you’re taking. Likewise, do this when you’re waiting at the airport. Or even when you’re lying on the beach. Observe the view out the window. How the trees sway in the wind. How the baby crying in the corner is being comforted by her mother.
Just be. Listen, look, and learn about the world around you. Note it all down. And see how it goes. You’ll be surprised by how much you can learn from simply stopping to observe the world around you. Just remember to jot things down as you go. That way, everything will remain fresh in your memories!
Try and make a note each day of your journey
It can be one sentence. Or it can be twenty pages of philosophical thoughts. The choice is up to you. But if I could only give one piece of advice when it comes to travel journal ideas, I’d make it this: practice creating something in your journal every day. The more you write/ draw/ stick things in your little book, the more you’ll make it a habit.
Draw anything (and everything) you feel like
You don’t have to be the best or the worst artist in the world. You can simply be yourself (remember that with an old-school travel journal you- and only you- gets to decide who really gets to see the diary, if anyone at all). Draw what you see. Draw what you like. And equally, draw what you dislike. This is your chance to document your voyage in any way you like.