I’ve been wanting to write about the idea of starting a travel journal for a while now! I’m not usually a person who keeps a journal or diary and fills it periodically. So this is some new stuff for me, too! I actually got inspired to start one by this post by A Pair & A Spare (my favourite blogger for some time now). This is why, for my upcoming journey to France, I want to write a bit every day, collect things, stick in photos and do everything to capture the feeling of the journey. Oh, I haven’t told you I am going to France this Friday? I am discovering France! Although I have been to Paris many times before (as you can read here), I have never spent any vacation time there. Which is quite a shame, because France is one of the most beautiful countries I know, with a rich culinary culture (important for me!), a great landscape, wonderful wine… I’ll stop here, because I still want to tell you a bit about France when I come back.
Make the Journey Memorable
What I have experienced with my past vacations in Italy, Crete etc. is that we take so many pictures with our phone cameras, or even real ones. However most of the time they stay on your phone or rot in a folder on your computer desktop. My parents have this giant box somewhere in their apartment, and they keep most of their old photos in there. It’s always great fun to go through them and feel them with my hands. It’s an event, and you actually look at some photos more than a single time. Do you know what I’m getting at? A travel journal can keep so many memories of one place, and I think it can do this way better than ‘just’ some photos on your camera phone. So what do we need for a travel journal? Right, a polaroid camera. That’s why I got one.
Make a Packing List Before you Start
Every journey needs some preparation beforehand, may it be just the planning which clothes to wear or even packing almost a part of your household. Furthermore you’d want to plan which places to see, or have discovered certain cafés you want to try or want to know how to get around best. You know the drill! I really love the planning of a trip, it already gets me into the mood of traveling, and I start looking forward to it. With your travel journal, you can take that planning to the next level! Write down everything you need, make lists, doodles, little boxes you can tick off… I really love that!
Draw or Stick in Some Maps
How to get around is important, especially when doing a road trip or exploring a city. And with all those electronic devices helping you in form of google maps etc., it’s nice to have a physical map at hand. So get out your pencil and draw the place you want to go directly into your journal. Or print out a map and stick it in. This way, you can mark the places you want to see, or show people where you went when (if) you show them your journal.
Embellish your Text with Doodles or Icons
I guess this is the most fun part when filling your travel journal with ideas and experiences! Little doodles will definitely make your text livelier and you have some fun drawing at the same time. There are actually some nice ideas what you can draw onto the pages:
- Weather icons you can use for each day
- Items from your packing list
- Some fun banners and dividers
- Plants you see around
Additionally you can use the paper for some more serious drawings of your surrounds, it’s a nice way to get creative during your vacation!
Stick in you Findings
I guess a vacation isn’t a real vacation without some sort of small collection of cards, tickets or other scraps of paper. The thing is, they usually end up somewhere in your room, or in the bin. Use them! Collect everything you can find on your journey, and use those things to memorize the situation, landscape, maybe even a smell. For example, you can stick in ticket stubs, or even tea bags and pressed flowers!
Well, a travel journal wouldn’t be one without some decent photos. Actually, a journey isn’t a journey without some memories in form of phots. As I have written above, those photos usually end up somewhere where we almost never look at them again. Unless we print them out and use them as art, or we stick them in a journal. What makes this project easier is my newest treasure: A polaroid camera. Although the photos are horribly expensive, I am curious how they will end up. It’s my first time using one, so I’ll tell you all about it afterwards!