In this post I talked about what I took with me on my trip to the Caribbean a few weeks ago to make my first ever travel journal.
The first thing I’d like to report is that there is a bit of a ‘learning’ curve with travel journaling. I say ‘learning’ because it’s really about setting apart time to reflect and feeling comfortable working on the journal out in public where people can see you.
This is what I took with me for my travel journal –
In case you’re wondering, I had no issues whatsoever taking the hole punch, scissors or mini stapler on the plane as a carry on or on the cruise.
I put the tools and the embellishments in a small cosmetics bag. I would like to make something that has space for the tools, embellishments, the book itself and a place to store memorabilia.
I’d like to #sorrynotsorry apologize in advance for the amount of text that’s blurred out. I wanted to memorialize a lot of detail and so this was sort of necessary.
Printing out the dates on adhesive paper before the trip was a great help. It cut back on taking tools (a date stamp) and it was a simple way to transition between days.
I knew that I wanted to include bits and pieces as part of the book (as opposed to adhered to the pages) such as a few post cards. This is where the hole puncher came in. I eye-balled the spacing of the holes in the notebook and matched them up as best I could. I then cut slits for each hole on the paper I wanted to add and popped it right in. I think this adds a bit of dimension to the book.
At first it bothered me a bit that the notebook had square holes and the hole puncher is round, but I got over that.
It was easy to add in bits of paper from the cruise because there was so much around. But once I got into the family visiting phase of the trip there was a lot less to include. Something to keep in mind for future trips.
I didn’t include any pictures in the travel journal because I wanted to be able to complete it as I traveled and I don’t have one of those fancy portable photo printers and I think I’m OK with that.
Thanks for taking a look at my travel journal. I’m excited to give it another try on my next trip!