(via A Pair & A Spare)
Something that I’ve recently found to be very therapeutic for me has been travel journaling. I realized that I have taken SO many wonderful trips and experienced some pretty great adventures and I was relying completely on my memory to document and reminisce about them. I decided it was time to start putting mementos, receipts, photos, maps, wrappers, tickets – you name it – into a travel journal. I wanted my own picture book, or even a coffee table book, as a conversation piece for friends and family to know a little bit more about my experiences and to share my joy with that traveling brings me. I even picked up an Instax mini Polaroid camera to take with me so I can have a bit of nostalgic-looking photos just because I’m a little quirky like that.
I’ve heard about bullet journals but didn’t really know too much about them and to be honest, some that I’ve seen pictures of looked SO elaborate and gorgeous that I thought “why bother – all the ones I’ve seen look so pretty and mine would never look like those”. But that is exactly why they are so interesting and intriguing to me! Everyone has a different writing perspective or a different eye for photography and I find that so refreshing and almost inviting. They give me inspiration and ideas AND I even find new places I want to travel to by seeing someone else’s photos and reading through their adventures.
Don’t feel pressure to write in it like a diary – you may end up feeling “stuck” about what emotions you were feeling at the time. I encourage you to write creatively, freely, and uniquely. Make your pages creative – use maps as your background, receipts as stickers, or quotes to fill empty spaces. Do it while on a train ride, jot a few things down while you’re laying in your hostel or AirBnb at night, and save ALL of your receipts. I hope you’re inspired to create a beautiful book of experiences and adventures filled with memories that will last forever.
Some Ideas to Include:
Train, theater, bus, airline – whatever they may be! You can even attach an envelope to one page and stuff it full of your ticket mementos or just fill your journal pages with them.
I like to cut my maps to the same size as the pages in my journal and use it as a background for my photos. How cool to have photos of the exact place you were on the exact same place of the map?!
I know it sounds odd but I LOVE those tiny little dried flowers that act as an accent piece to a beautifully written journal page. They’re small, simple, and you can just shut them in the pages of your journal while you’re out and about.
Jot down your favorite city, meal, drink, thing you bought, sunrise, person you met, show you saw, etc… Do this for every city you visit!