Make Vacations Last Longer with a Travel Journal

Spring Break Journals

Spring break, like any vacation, is more than just a week spent somewhere sunny. It’s a culmination of events—from flying to dining to beaching. Whether you’re heading to Florida to catch a wave or Hawaii-bound for hiking, keep your favorite trip memories safe in a travel journal.

Don’t let the word “journal” trick you into thinking these pages should hold only your innermost “Dear Diary” moments, although they certainly can. Instead, think of these paper-filled books as keepers of your adventures. Use them to jot down your surf instructor’s name, doodle the techniques he taught you and tape in your beach access wristband or a menu from that restaurant with the incredible crabcakes.

Fill your book’s pages with all your favorite sun-kissed memories. Once you’re back home, simply flip through your personal pages, a spring break scrapbook of sorts, to relive your warmest vacation memories.

Getting Started

Purchase and pack a notebook, pens or markers in different colors and a glue stick or tape, and you’ll be ready to begin your travel journal.

Why the glue and tape? While traveling, you’ll encounter paper in a variety of forms, from plane tickets, postcards and pictures to event brochures and the coasters beneath your pina coladas. To create a memorable keepsake, collect, preserve and annotate these precious parts of your journey so you’ll have a paper trail of not just what and where you went, but also how you felt and who you met along the way.

Items to Insert in Your Journal

  • Brochures
  • Coasters
  • Cocktail napkins
  • Drink labels (tropical juice, local beer)
  • Maps
  • Menus
  • Pamphlets
  • Photos (see tips below)
  • Plane tickets (printed in advance or at the airport)
  • Postcards
  • Receipts
  • Ticket stubs
  • Transit cards

What to Write in Your Journal

  • People’s names
  • Dates, times and addresses
  • Itinerary (handwrite or print out)
  • Favorite quotes of the day
  • Sketches
  • Stories, experiences, reflections and thoughts
  • What you saw, ate, wore and wish you wore
  • Where you want to go next

Tip: Make your travel journal pages pop by using different colors, taping down keepsakes in different positions and drawing or writing notes on both the journal’s pages and the keepsakes you tape inside.

Print Photos on the Go

Many spring break travelers may find themselves Instagramming along the way. Love that sunset image you just posted? Put it in your journal: Drugstores like Walgreens offer same-day print services via an app. You can select favorite shots from your mobile device’s photo library or your social media accounts, submit the photos to print at a nearby location and pick them up later in the day.

For travelers who don’t want to leave the beach, companies like Postagram and Social Print Studio offer photo products, like personalized postcards or photostrips, for home delivery. Simply leave a placeholder for the images in your travel diary scrapbook and add them in when you get back home.

With your best vacation memories preserved on paper, it’s easy to get a dose of sunshine and smiles. Just open your travel journal to keep that vacation glow alive.