On Keeping a Travel “Art” Journal

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?


11 replies »

  1. I love your travel journal. I have one and I sketch in it too. I save train tickets, hotel cards, museum entrance tickets and even some food bills to tuck into my photo albums and travel journals. It makes it heavy and fat but who cares. Every now and then when I look back at the pages, it makes me feel so happy. You sketch beautifully btw x

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  2. Wow your travel journal is amazing! You are really good at drawing!
    I’m going to ask my mummy if I can get a travel journal so I can write and draw and stick things in just like you do!
    Thanks for sharing your stories!
    Wolf, Bear and Monkey

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