What is a travel journal and how to start one

It is a fact that traveling can change our lives 100%. You are exposed to new cultures, magnificent places, and unique experiences that you will want to treasure for the rest of your life. However, it has happened that you want to remember every last detail, but many times memory betrays us. The question here is, what can we do to avoid that?  The answer is simple: start your own travel journal, this element is perfect to illustrate and write down all the memories of the incredible trips you live and will live soon.  

What is a travel journal? 

Long story short, it is a diary where you capture the experiences and learnings of all your trips; whether with friends, alone or with your family, you will want to remember every moment of them. It helps you reflect on the person you were and who you are now. It allows you to go back in time and relive the incredible adventures you had. 

What do I need to get started? 

What you need to start your own travel journal is:

Journal-type notebook

First of all, you’ll need a notebook that is easy to carry since you will be taking it with you on all your adventures. Also, it must have enough pages for you to write in throughout your trip. 

Camera 

Your cell phone is a great alternative to a camera because it is light, small and easy to carry. Besides, you can print the photos at home. However, if you want to get the photos faster, a good option is to take a polaroid style instant camera. 

Stickers 

Stickers are a fun and easy way to decorate your travel journal, especially if they are related to your trip. 

Something to write with 

To write down your experiences you will need the most essential thing: pens. There is a wide variety of pens that you can use in your travel journal. You can even use markers for the titles! 

Memories 

The amazing thing about this travel journal is that you can customize it to your liking with any extra souvenirs from your trip such as airline tickets, museum tickets, unique candy wrappers, flowers you found, maps of your journey – a souvenir can be anything! You can keep the world in your notebook! Just remember to bring glue or tape, so it doesn’t escape. 

A destination 

The most important thing of all, is to have a destination in mind. Mexico has a large number of places that will take your breath away. Places that you would never have imagined in the country.  Just to give you an idea, take a look at our post on 20 fantastic natural sceneries in Mexico or Monuments in Mexico that you must see and where to find them. Still, the world is waiting for the adventure, you just need to join it. 

You can really add whatever you want in your travel journal because this is a space where you can exploit your creativity and let yourself go. These materials are only a few of the options you can since there are endless possibilities to try. You can use materials such as watercolors, canvases, post-its, book pages, lists, itineraries, the only limit is your imagination! 

What can my travel notebook contain? 

Itineraries 

It is important to stay prepared during your trip, as you can miss too many experiences if you don’t organize beforehand. Therefore, you can use your travel journal as a planner, for archaeological tours, emblematic monuments, restaurants, parks, basically all the activities you are going to do during your stay so you can enjoy your trip to the fullest. 

Time Capsule 

Describing the places, you visit, the cultures you discovered, the people you met or any new experience you have lived in a different place from where you normally are, is important so that in the future you can remember the reason that motivated you to make that trip. The travel journal stores all these memories for your future self to relive them. 

Reflections 

Examining the experiences of your travels helps improve personal development and capturing them in your travel journal is very useful because the notebook becomes a tool that you can use throughout your life, as you can improve future trips, see how you have grown as a person, how your environment has developed and magnify your traveling spirit. 

There comes a time in our lives when you are cleaning out a room or looking for something in your house and you’re suddenly faced with that ticket to the museum where you went in Mexico City, or a photo from when you went to eat enchiladas mineras in San Miguel de Allende with your partner, or even that necklace you bought in the port of Veracruz on a trip with your friends. All these kinds of tangible memories allow us to relive a happy time. Having this travel journal is a magical portal to the past where you can experience those feelings of happiness once again and reawaken that emotion within yourself. 

Start your own travel journal for your next adventure!