Hello Guardians! Today I have a fun post for you all that I planned with one of my absolute favorite bloggers, Sarah! Make sure to check out her blog, because this will be two parts. She should have her part up tomorrow, so keep an eye out for that!
Anyway, as most of you know, I love to travel. I also love to find new things to do that help my experience go a little bit better. When I was thirteen, I started making packing lists, and that has since been a staple in my every trip. Anyway, I won’t be telling you about packing lists today, but I will be giving a few tips about travel journaling. I’m excited to get started, so let’s just get right into it!
There are so many different ways to travel journal. Trust me, I’ve done my research. I’m going to be sharing a few of my favorite ways in this post. Some of these I’ve used myself, and others I want to try sometime. The first one I’m going to talk about is bullet journaling.
This is the current method that I use. In fact, I plan to have a post about bullet journal spreads for travel sometime in the near future. I like to use my bullet journal as a personal journal, so I just include my experiences about my trip in that. You can also use a regular journal if that’s what you prefer.
Here’s another method which I typically use, writing a blog post about your trip. Obviously this only applies if you have a blog, but I think most of you do. I really like this method because I have to pick and choose the highlights of my trip. I also like to share some photos of interesting things that I come across along my journey.
A huge plus to writing a blog post is that you have a digital copy of your travel memories. So, if you ever lose or damage your travel journal, you still have an account of your experiences.
I’ve been wanting to try this method for a while. What you do is you buy a postcard every day of your trip, write your experiences of the day on that postcard, and mail them back to yourself. When you get back, you can bind these into a book. I think it would be fun to get a postcard based on what you’re doing on your trip. And, if you’re anything like me, you may already buy postcards as souvenirs.
The fourth method I have for you all is to make a journal just for this particular trip. I’ve done this on a few of my trips to Disney World. It was fun because I could decorate it with Disney themed stickers and memorabilia.
One thing that I like to incorporate into my travel journals is photography. I normally use photos in blog posts, as mentioned above, but I also like to use them in scrapbooks. With scrapbooks, you have a collection of photos you took on your trip on an aesthetic page. I also include memorabilia from my trip as decoration. Even if you don’t make a scrapbook though, I highly recommend taking lots of pictures on your trips.
The final method of travel journaling I have for you today is using your sketchbook. If you’re an artist, you can draw things you’ve seen on your trip as your travel journal. It’s great, because sometimes doodles can show things like what was said, or how you felt, better than a picture can.
Now that I’ve went over a few types of travel journaling, I’d like to offer some tips.
- You can use any mixture of these. I currently take pictures, scrapbook, write a blog post, and recount my experiences in my bullet journal. But everyone’s journal is going to be different, so maybe you’ll chose to doodle in your journal. Maybe you’ll make a collage of postcards and photos you took. Keep combining methods until you find what works best for you.
- Plan out what you want to do before you leave. Can you imagine how awful it would be to decide you want to do the postcard method and then realize you have no stamps? You’re going to want to at least have an idea of what you’re going to do before you set off on your adventure.
- Set aside a time to journal. A great time to do this is right before bed, so you don’t forget anything. You can also do it during any travel time. Like, if you’re traveling on a train to your next destination, it might be a good idea to write about your experiences while you’re riding on the train. You don’t want journaling to step into valuable vacation time.
- Use key words and main ideas. Like I just said, you don’t want to take up vacation time, so just jotting down a few events that happened that day can save time. You can fill in the other details when you get back.
- This is one that I’ve never thought of before, but I like the idea. Write down some commonly used word in that language. I’ve never traveled internationally, so I’ve never done this, but I imagine it can be useful if you’re traveling somewhere where you don’t know the language. It can also be fun to look back and remember what a certain word meant.
Ok, well I think that’s all I have for you on travel journaling! I hope you enjoyed and found a method to use on your next trip!
Also, keep an eye out for Sarah’s post!
Whar method of travel journaling do you like best?