Travel Journal: Ideas, Tips, and How To Write a Travel Diary

Travelling is one of the few activities where most would answer to be a hobby of theirs. It is something that exposes you to explore the different traditions, culture, and experience. Traveling are commonly done on various occasions. While some travels for a vacation, there are other who does it for business, adventure, event and to volunteer.

A beautiful couple going for a travel vacation.

What are travel journals?

Travel journals are one where you can write and document about the experience that you had during your trips. In a travel journal not only you can include the written description of the place that you have visited. You can also add a picture of your itinerary, the photos that you took during your trip and even voice recording that you have made during your time. Travel journals are also one where It is also one of the most popular journals amongst the different types of journals.

Why write a journal when traveling?

1. Discover and to Learn more

Traveling is something that commonly leads to a discovery and a new experience for a greater knowledge of things or actions. Through writing down the experience, you will get to understand your surrounding better, reflect and remember the discoveries that you have made during the trip in future.

2. Memories to not be Forgotten

Noting down your every journey during the journey can help to record down activities and things that you have experienced during the trip. When recording down your experience and sights, a travel journal can also remind you of the reason that you went for the visit.

3. Write and Share a Journal to Connect

Creating a shared travel journal with your travel companion can not only help you to foster a sense of unity, and bring each other closer. With a shared journal, the people are also most likely to commit to documenting the full experience of the trip. When either of you is not feeling the writing vibe, you could also rely on each other for it. So at the end of the trip, it will indeed be a shared experience.

How to Write Travel Journals: 3 Amazing Tips to Get Started

Feeling the urge to write your first travel journal for your next trip? You don’t need to be at your destination to write your first journal. You can start even when you are writing about the place you would like to visit.

1. Use your journal to plan your trip

You don’t need to be in the country that you will be traveling to till you start your first journal. Travel journal can be used to plan your next trip as well! In your journal, you can note down the places you would like to visit followed by preparing the itinerary of the tours and more!

2. What you imagine it will be like

Before you set foot in the first city in your itinerary, you can write about your expectations and the things that you imagine the trip will be like. Noting it down your expectation and imagination can help you to bring in the thrill of finding out if something is like what you thought it would be. Through this experience, you can also compare the expectation and reality on the different topics.

3. Write a reflection after you leave

Writing a reflective journal for your travel journey can be useful since you write before you arrive for the trip. Reflection is something that is advised to be done after a particular event, trips or activities as this help you to better understand and apply them to the future journeys. It is also a great way to learn about the people around you, yourself and to look at the big pictures.

Travel journal ideas to inspire you

Not sure how to start the first page of your new travel journal? Refer to some of the travel journals prompts to kick-start your first journal of the trip!

  • Why are you going?
  • What are the places that you are most excited to visit?
  • What are your expectations for the trip?
  • Write about the people that you have interacted with.
  • Write about the food.
  • What did you like/dislike most about the trip, and why?
  • Reflect and write on your experience of the day.
  • What is something that you wish to do the next time you visit again?
  • How would you recommend the trip to your friends and family? Write a travel guide for them!
  • Where’s your next stop that you would like to travel to?

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