My grandmother is currently downsizing from her 3 bed home where she has lived for the past 30 odd years to a 1 bed apartment in a warden retirement home. She’s very excited about her new life, at the prospect of meeting lots of new friends but we are going through the process of what to keep and what to throw away. It’s a tough job and a long one.
Travel Journals – a thing of the past?
Today during our keep/chuck ceremony we stumbled across her travel journals. I remember these back from my childhood when I would spend hours watching her make them, passing her the empty sugar sachet or postcard to stick in. I was fascinated about the journal and about the travels and the story they told as I turned the pages.
Back to the present, we sat down for a long while going through them; me, living her travel through the pages, she, reliving the moment and remembering all sorts of things from those travels. I never knew she would have moved to New Zealand she loved it so much.
What is a travel journal?
A travel journal is more than a photograph album, it’s a memory book that captures all sorts of moments. It’s a bit like a Time Capsule because as you open the pages you are transported back to that moment in time and how fantastic is that for our children who are quick to forget but when prompted by a photo or a memory it all comes flooding back?
What a brilliant idea for them to sit and write or draw or create as you go through the holiday creating a bit of quiet time in the busy schedule of Eat. Beach. Sleep. Repeat. What a great idea to keep them alert and on the lookout for signs of the new place you are visiting
What do I need to make a Travel Journal?
The beauty is you can be as frugal as you wish, the joy that a travel journal gives is the creativity and the recording of the holiday memory through your eyes.
There are travel journals online to buy, take a look at Midori and fauxdori for inspiration, put those search terms into Pinterest and the page will come alive. Then check out my Pinterest Travel Journal board I’ve been creating
A very simple notebook can do the trick but if you intend to stick things in like me then a ring binder will allow more space between the pages.
What else do I need?
- A pen and the desire to create a memory
- Fine point colour felts
- washi tape
- glue stick
- paper clips
- post its
- scrapbooking coloured paper
- coloured pencils
- felt pens – watch out they don’t bleed through to the next page
- a zip bag to keep it all in.
- Hard card to keep flowers to dry in
- Plastic bags for collecting items on the go
I’m sure there’s plenty more you could take but I’ll stop there for now, you get the idea.
Do a little prep before you go
Find a map of the area you are going to and stick it in, have a search on internet for what’s to see, what food is typical, drinks to try and where.
Write a Top Ten Things To Do list, a What I need to remember list. You’re getting excited – write about it! What I am hoping the weather will be like, what I am most looking forward to.
Parts of the holiday to cover
- The journey – time of departure, method of travel,how long did it take, best bit?
- Your accommodation – what, where, nicest thing? Worst thing?
- Country facts – flag, money, language – how do you say hello?
- Food and drink
- Places visited
- Daily diary – snippets of your day
- Overall best bit
What to collect for your journal
- Travel tickets (plane, train, bus & metro)
- Luggage tags – does the airline offer some at the check in desk?
- Tourist maps & brochures (very handy for cutting out later and sticking next to photos)
- Museum, art gallery, movie & theatre tickets
- Menus from restaurants and cafes
- Flowers, leaves & herbs
- Napkins, matchbooks, business cards
- Receipts, coins, stamps
- Coasters & beer mats, wine labels
- Food labels that are different, sweet wrappers, bottle caps
- Magazines, newspaper cuttings in the local language
- Postcards and photographs (when you get home)
- Tags from clothes & souvenirs, shop bags
- Sand from the beach (place in a small plastic bag), Flat sea shells & sea glass
- Rubbings of interesting textures (graves, paving stones & metal grates)
- Drawing or sketch
- A small watercolor painting of something you saw, sunset, flower, view
- Journal entry – write down what you did, how you felt and what you saw
and finally some travel quotes that you might like to use
Once a year go someplace you’ve never been before — Dalai Lama
We came. We saw. We loved.
If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet.
I’m in love with cities I’ve never been to and people I’ve never met.
You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.
The trouble is you think you have time — Buddah
Better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times.
I want my toes in the sand and a cocktail in my hand.
Eat. Beach. Sleep. Repeat.
The more that you read,
The more things you will know,
The more you will learn,
The more places you will go — Dr Seuss
The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page.
Travel far enough you meet yourself.
Travel makes one modest: one sees what a tiny place one occupies in the world — Gustave Flaubert