9 Things That Need To Be In Your Travel Scrapbook/Journal

2 July 2020

I know, it's been a tough first half of 2020 for all of us, and I hope that you guys are still hanging up okay and doing great. We can do this together! I really wish that the pandemic will be over soon. Anyways, it's been a while since I last posted here on my blog and I'm really itching to travel now, but of course, you and I can't for now. Don't worry, you can still travel by travelling down "travel" memory lane by creating your own travel journal. Plus, you can plan your travels ahead too on your journal.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a scrapbook, with its photographs and mementos, is worth many more. Scrapbooks serve as a nostalgic link to the past and some of our best memories; they can hold everything from crinkled letters to a punched train ticket, a faded newspaper clipping , or a candid shot of a loved one we wouldn't dare to lose. If you love travelling and scrapbooking combine, why not combine your love for both.

For the uninitiated, keeping a travel journal allows you to record your thoughts, feelings, and things you’ve learned from your travels, and since you can revisit what you write, it’s kind of the best DIY souvenir, as far as your memory is concerned. And, bonus: It may even give your mental health a boost every time you thumb through it after the trip is over, says clinical psychologist John Mayer, PhD. “Open it up frequently and relive the experiences as an escape from the doldrums of everyday stress,” Mayer says.

If you don't know what to add in your travel scrapbook/journal. Here are some ideas you can put in your ultimate travel memorabilia.

1. Plane tickets

If you're like me who doesn't like throwing old plane tickets and have just kept them in a shoe box. You can actually add that to your travel scrapbook.

2. Polaroid pictures

I'm obsessed with polaroid pictures. That's why I've bought an Instax polaroid printer. You can actually wifi-share any of your pictures from your phone to the instax polaroid printer and just print anything you fancy.

If you don't have a polaroid camera or a polaroid printer, you can actually make one on your own. Cut out a piece of white contact paper to make it into a frame.

Bonus tip: Add a photo sleeve in your travel scrapbook so you could just slip in your photos.

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3. Sketches

If you’re artsy, why not draw on your travel journal for extra colour and flair. Don't worry there's no limit on what you can draw.

4. Maps

Map where you’ve been so you have a cute visual of your journey - an essential need when travelling! You can keep those free maps they're giving out at the airport and paste it in your book. You can draw one too. You can even make a map tracker to document the places you've been to.

5. Post cards

My favorite souvenir (aside from the memories) are images of the places I traveled to. If you're on a budget, this is one of my favorite ways to have keepsakes on my adventures!

Postcards are plentiful, lightweight, and inexpensive. A postcard on your travel journal is something you can create while traveling and then display it on a coffee table. It’s a lot of fun to flip through once you’re back from your trip – and it makes for a wonderful conversation starter.

6. Itinerary

It's not only about past travels you can keep in your travel scrapbook. You can also leap a schedule to remember where to go and what to do. You don’t need to be in the country that you will be traveling to to start your first journal. Travel journal can be used to plan your upcoming trips as well. In your journal, you can add the places you would like to visit followed by the itinerary plans, tours and more into your travel wishlist!

7. Your favorite things

Your travel journal is more of a workhorse than a show pony. You’ll get far more out of one you use all the time, where you write, do travel drawing or urban sketching, doodle and record with the intent that only you will ever see it. If you choose to show it to others later, fine.

Don’t forget any of those random cups of coffee and songs you heard at restaurants. The perfect travel journal entry!

8. Stickers

Make travel planning and journaling fun with any cute stickers you bought from your local craft store or from a shop abroad.  Add adhesive labels or you can print your own stick-on banner svgs. These are a perfect addition to your bullet journal or personal planner. They can be easily carried in a planner or a storage pocket.

9. Ticket stubs

Gather ticket stubs from museums, concerts, attractions, airlines or trains. Add a little envelope on your travel scrapbook. Keeping travel ticket stubs is a great way to hang on to keepsakes from your trips. This idea helps create a scrapbook travel journal while you’re on the road.

Top Tips for Travel Journalling:

  • It’s not about it being perfect – bad handwriting and wonky photos add character!
  • It doesn’t have to be top quality travel scrapbook – write for yourself and the things you think are important. No one else has to read it!
  • The best travel journal is the one you stick to – there’s no point just writing one day and forgetting about it!
  • There are no rules when it comes to how to write a travel journal. Just write what comes to mind!

What I love most about creating travel journals is just how personal it feels to have a tangible keepsake that is created solely by me. It takes my mind away from over-sharing on social media and directs it to creating an actual piece of art. It’s refreshing and really, really gets my imagination’s muscles in check. Plus, who wouldn’t love to whip out a super interesting book of adventures when one of your relatives undoubtedly asks how your trip was? Because we all know that’s going to happen.

Did you know, you can make unlimited designs on your own. Just browse for any graphics you want on Design Bundles to put on your travel scrapbook, birthday invitations, or more. Get creative and enjoy!

I would love to see your travel journals. Let me know, if you did and I will feature them here.

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