How To Make a Travel Journal

A travel journal can contain a lot of different things. Some people will create a travel journal to document their past travels, someone else might use it to keep track of useful tips and advice and directions and plans, someone else might use it as a bucket list of things they’d like to do or see around the world – or some combination of all of the above and more.

There’s no right or wrong way to format and plan your travel journal, but if you aren’t really sure where to start, or you’d like to explore a lot of ideas to make sure that you don’t forget anything while you’re setting things up, here’s a great video for all sorts of inspiration and ideas about travel journals.

Creating a Travel Journal

That’s just a very quick look at some mostly aesthetic ideas on how you could fill in a page, but what about planning the overall travel journal?

Here’s another video that goes in deeper, it’s about 6x as long, but if you’ve got the time, it’ll help get you closer to feeling confident enough to putting your ink to paper and committing to a layout for your travel journal.

Another option is to make a digital travel journal instead, you could do this using any number of different apps including note apps like Microsoft Notes, Evernote, Notion, and 1000 other choices to choose from, all meant to help you plan, organize, and categories information, notes, and media.

Should You Make a Travel Journal?

serious young woman thinking and writing in journal
serious young woman thinking and writing in journal

If you’re curious about how to make a travel journal, you’ve probably already decided to make one, so this might be a moot point.

It really depends on what type of person you are and if you enjoy this type of thing.

If being crafty with your trips is how you enjoy reflecting on them, thinking about them, and reminiscing and solidifying those memories, you should definitely do this.

If you prefer to take some photos and have those on their own, that’s totally legitimate too!

The nice thing about making a travel journal is that you can add notes, different colors and feelings, and generally “enhance” the photos in a lot of different ways, while still keeping track of things that you didn’t manage to get a photo of. it can be a good way to hold onto the memories.

But you should do it because you enjoy it, not because you have some super creative friend who is pressuring you into it or anything like that.


You can find tons of great videos and guides and ideas for making a travel journal. Also, take a look at these tips for traveling solo and some extra travel tips from a flight attendant.

That’s it for now, happy travels!

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