One thing I love doing when I travel is to keep a travel journal where I write, sketch, and glue keepsakes like train ticket stubs, pressed flowers, postcards, and anything else of interest I find along the way. I find an 8.5 x 11 hard cover sketchbook works really well for this purpose, and when I get home from a trip I have an awesome keepsake item to remember my travels by. Much better than any tourist shop nic-nac!
Even if you’re not an artist, you can make a really nice book by writing and taping or gluing things like postcards, ticket stubs, brochures, etc. into your book.
Here’s what I like to bring with me when I travel:
- An 8.5 x 11 hardcover sketchbook. Something like this.
- An assortment of pens, pencils, colored pencils, markers, etc.
- Sometimes I’ll bring a watercolor paint set.
- A glue stick and/or a roll of tape. I prefer the glue stick.
When I get back to my room for the night, I’ll write a short synopsis of anything interesting that happened that day, any funny stories, what we did, etc. I’ll glue little artifacts into my book that I collected throughout the day as well. On certain days of the trip, I’ll also bring the book with me and sketch in a coffee shop, at a park, or anywhere I might want to relax for a little while. The resulting books stay on my shelves at home for years and I really enjoy looking back on them.
Here are some photos of one of these books that I created when I studied art history in the Netherlands, Belgium, and France:
Have you ever kept a travel journal like this? What sort of things do you do in your journals? If you haven’t kept one before, would you want to?