Saturday, January 31, 2009

Travel Journal

While you were in a vacation, have you ever tried to make a travel journal? I remember when I was in high school when I started writing a journal on my adventures and excursions. I always added them on my scrapbook, and I thought it was brings back the good memories. And until now, I still do the travel journal when my family go for a vacation. How about you?

If you're going on a trip, you'll want to remember everything you did. A travel journal will enrich your trip at the time and will preserve your memories of the experience.

  1. Before you leave:
    • Buy a lightweight but durable hardcover blank book. If you're on a budget, look for a bound notebook that will be big enough to glue in menus and programs but small enough to fit in your day bag.
    • Make sure you have a good pen and some small colored pencils or a travel-size watercolor set for quick sketches. A small pair of scissors and a short plastic ruler will also come in handy.
    • Buy a good quality glue stick.
    • Glue a large clasp envelope to the inside of the back cover of the journal and put papers there until you have time to glue them into the book.
    • Get a small zippered pouch for all your journal supplies -- preferably a clear one so you can see what's inside. Pack it your carry-on bag if you will be flying.
  2. On your trip:
    • Date your entries!
    • Collect ephemera: ticket stubs, business cards from restaurants and hotels, paper menus or logo napkins, and other paper items that will add visual appeal and help you remember your trip. Put them in the clasp envelope in the back of your journal until you can incorporate them into the journal.
    • Glue in the ephemera as you go along, or leave room to add items later. Although you may not be able to take liquid glue on an airplane, you can buy some at your destination. Liquid glue takes longer to dry than the glue stick, but it will hold in items better.