Have you ever gone on a trip that was so good you thought you would never forget anything about it?
I’ve been there for sure. Then a year or two later someone who was on the trip would say “Hey, do you remember when such and such happened?”
I’ll sit there with a blank face for a minute and finally say “I don’t remember a thing about that.”
It’s crazy the details or even the big memories that vanish with time. That’s why keeping a travel journal – especially a travel journal with prompts – is so important.
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Why Should You Keep a Travel Journal?
Keeping a travel diary means that you always have a fresh record of what you did and things that happened on your trips. Once you return home you’ll have your memories forever!
No matter what you forget about the trip you can always go back and read the things you did, how you felt, and maybe the mishaps that weren’t funny then but you can laugh about now.
It’s a fun way to keep up with travel tips that you can share with friends.
All of your travel memories can be kept in one place and you can look back on them year after year.
I purchased a leather bound travel journal while in Florence during my Ultimate Europe trip with EF Ultimate Break.
I kept a daily record of things that we had done, places we explored, and the food that we ate.
Now, almost five years later, I look back on those entries and am surprised at how much I’ve forgotten.
I’m so glad that I have those memories written down so I can go back and relive those moments.
It’s even better when I look through the journals and photos at the same time. I continued this habit after I returned from Europe and now have entries for Steamboat Springs, Asheville, Snowshoe, and so many more!
Travel Journal Ideas
Here are a few ideas of what you can keep in a travel journal. If you are super creative then you may want to get just a leather bound journal with blank pages.
If you are like me though, having a travel journal with prompts will help you to get started writing. Sometimes the blank page can be intimidating.
Stickers and Ticket Stubs
If I get a sticker from a local business I always put it in my travel journal next to where I describe my day. Most of the stickers come from the ones they stick on your shirt. I carefully peel them off and save them in the journal.
You can also tape ticket stubs into your journal for any excursions or activities that you went on.
Decorate Your Journal
There are many companies that sell travel-related stickers that you can use to decorate your journal. I love using stickers to decorate my planner.
Washi tape is another cute way to personalize it. Get a sharpie and you can write on the washi tape.
Use photos that you cut out of magazines to put in your travel journal. You can use it as a vision board!
If you are artistic then your journal doesn’t have to be limited to writing!
Draw pictures of the scenery that you visited, the food you ate, or the people you met if they are okay with it.
Then instead of a photograph, you’ve got a depiction of the place through your eyes and the details that you noticed.
Not artistic? It’s fine, me either. I would never try to draw in my journal – all you would see are stick figures and 2D homes.
Instead print out some of your photos and tape them to a few of the pages. The photos will help bring your stories to life.
Don’t forget to keep track of the mundane details. What was the weather like? What were you wearing?
What car were you driving? Who were you with? What meals did you eat?
Travel Writing Prompts
Here are some prompts that you can use when traveling to get you started. These will come in handy if you do have a blank journal:
- What was your favorite memory from today?
- What excursions did you go on?
- Did you meet any locals?
- I felt…when we saw/did…
- Next time I would like to…
- It surprised me that…
The Best Travel Journal With Prompts
If you are planning some adventures around the USA then I’ve created a USA travel journal with prompts for you!
This journal is for people who love visiting big cities, small towns, as well as getting out in nature in our National and State Parks.
There are five different sections: City Stays, Small Towns, Road Trips, National Parks, and State Parks.
In each section you’ll have prompts to record information specific to that trip. Information like dates, weather, special memories, and foodie stops.
There is also a place for additional notes and photo pages so you can glue or tape your photos in there.
Outside of those sections there is also a place for your USA Bucket List where you can write in all the places you dream of going.
You’ll also have a state checklist where you can keep track of the states you’ve visited and a “Favorites” section where you keep track of your favorite places.
This journal will help you keep track of all your travels within the US and has a place for everything you might want to write about and keep in a journal.
Saving Travel Memories With Your Travel Journal
Having a travel journal means that your memories are safe and you can revisit them whenever you would like.
Don’t be caught without one and let all those special moments slip away with time.
This is an amazing keepsake or travel souvenir that you can treasure for years to come.
The USA travel journal is designed to help you keep track of the important moments as well as small details about all the new places that you visit.
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