Travel Journal

Those of you who follow my blog will know that when I go away I love to create a Travel Journal. This is my record while we are away, including photos, ephemera, and journaling.

For our latest holiday we went to Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia, and as usual I created a journal, so I thought I’d share some tips and my method to making this work for you (and even for your kids).

I started out with a travel journal I created with Teresa Collins at Autumn Escape using her Wanderlust Collection. Before I left I packed my journal with an extra 6×6 pad (I knew I would need to add pages to it), the leftover embellishments from creating the book, and white and black cardstock. I also packed a travelling kit which includes the basics (scissors, knife, journaling pen, pencil, rubber, ruler etc), a glue stick, a mini Dymo and tape, a cutting mat, Tiny Attacher and Instax Share printer. Depending on the book, I sometimes take a coordinating inkpad too. I should also have packed a hole punch – I had to purchase one while there!

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The first thing you need to remember to do is to save the receipts, boarding passes etc – the stuff you’d usually throw away, and make sure you pick up a business card or brochure of the places you visit (my DH is very helpful with this now). And remember to take photos too.

Each day or two I sit down and work on my journal – don’t be afraid of cutting things up to fit into your book, you want it to reflect what you did on that holiday. I use my Instax Share printer for instant photos that go directly into my book, add some journaling, and the page for the day is done.

An example of one day was our day at the zoo:

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I added the day and date with my Dymo, and created the title from the brochure. I picked up a souvenir coin at the zoo, so I added it to a small ziplock bag and punched holes in it so I could add it to my book.

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I also used the zoo brochure (I needed a couple so I could cut things from both sides!) to add all the captions and times to my page of photos.

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We were given a zoo map at the beginning of the day, so I saved that and glued the edge a page with the map folded in half as a better size.

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On the back of the map I stuck some white card and added my journaling for the day.

When I got home, I had a couple of days to complete, which didn’t take long. I added the map we’d been using for the holiday, and my journal was complete – a full record of our time away that can be referred back to at any time.

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