Travel journal? Why have a journal for travel?
Picture this: You’ve arrived at your holiday apartment and you’re unpacking your case. No clean underwear for the family. A memory comes to mind…
You remember seeing the pile of clean underwear on your bed and thinking “I must pack those” , then then kids started playing up and….you completely forgot about your undies, your significant other’s undies and the kids undies.
A Travel Journal Has Pages for Lists.
What do you need to do when planning a holiday?
Make lists. Lots of lists.
What to do before you go, Packing list, Emergency contacts, What you want to visit, What you want to avoid, Trips you’re going on, and so on.
If you’re used to writing lists on scraps of paper only to lose them, a travel journal is just what you need.
Those lists I just listed would all be in one place. One safe place. You could do with that.
How many times have you written your “To do before I go” list then lost it before you started doing any of them, only to find it when you actually arrived on holiday? Yes, I’m talking to you 😉
A Travel Journal Lets You Plan Your Holiday.
Whether you go on holiday to do the same thing every day, or to explore different places/play new golf courses/go diving, etc, you can plan it out in your travel journal.
“It’s a holiday! Planning doesn’t belong on a holiday!”
I agree but the friend I go on holiday with likes to plan out every day. Where we’ll go, what we’ll see, where to eat/have coffee, etc.
Guaranteed we won’t just see one thing on each day out, so the travel journal has pages for up to 48 excursions.
These excursion pages are headed with “Today I went to…” and have blocks for where you went, what you saw, where you ate and what the culture was like. Pretty inclusive, eh.
You can mark on there where you took photographs. It’ll save you the awkwardness of “Here are our holiday photo’s. Er, where was this one taken?” etc.
And You Can Plan What You Need to Take.
Not saying anything about remember to put them in the suitcase….
What do you need to take on holiday?
Clothes, shoes, personal hygiene products.
Medications, especially if you take them daily. Emergency medications like something to stop an upset stomach. One of my friends picked up a tummy bug while on holiday in a part of Spain untouched by tourists (no-one spoke English). Her husband had to go to the local chemist and mime what the tummy bug was doing to his wife. Take meds with you.
Reading material – books, magazines.
Address book – if you don’t send great aunt Nellie a postcard, fire and pestilence will fall upon you
Not Just for Holidays.
And, of course, a travel journal can be used for any type of travel, not just for holidays.
You don’t need to visit foreign parts to use one – exploring other parts of your own country would be helped by using a travel journal.
A specific travel journal would make a thoughtful gift for anyone interested in travelling.
Check out the travel journal PDF here