Keeping a travel diary is a wonderful thing to do. It helps you record memories so you can fondly look back on your trip later, preserve photos and mementos, and even process your thoughts while you’re actively traveling.
Of course, you can do all this in any old notebook, but there are many travel journals and diaries out there – in traditional paper form and online – developed just for travelers. Here’s a round-up of some of the best:
Available in both website form and an iOS app, Bonjournal allows you to create a free account where you can build clean, minimalist travel journal pages. They let you save your diaries as PDFs to make them easy to print, export, or share. You can also send your journals links to friends so that they can follow along on your journey (there’s also a privacy lock for the moments you want to keep to yourself)>
Day One Journal is a journaling app that you can use for any type of journal, but it works great for keeping a travel diary on the go since the app lives right on your phone. It lets you integrate pictures, drawings, and even audio files. Everything gets organized by date and it backs up automatically. This app has both a free version and Premium, which costs less than $3 per month.
If you’re looking for a way to preserve your travel memories after the fact, Mixbook is a web platform that lets you build beautiful photo books. They’re perfect for making memory books of your journey, and they have lots of free travel-themed templates that you can use to get started. You can get as creative as you like with different photo layouts, backgrounds, font colors, stickers, and even some basic photo editing features. There’s plenty of room for text so that you can fully explore the “diary” part of your travel diary, too.
Need to get your travels organized ahead of time? This super cute Travel Planner from Ban.do helps you plan trips up to three years ahead with maps, packing lists, a calendar, and cute stickers. It’s perfect to take along with you on your trip to use as a diary, too, since it’s also full of lined note pages. It includes a pocket to hold travel mementos, travel tips, common phrases in other languages, and even postcards to send to folks back home.
If you tend to take more domestic trips than journeys abroad, you might want a journal with a focus on travel within the United States. The 50 States Traveled Journal from Uncommon Goods has a sleek, vintage black-and-white style and is an easily portable size. Broken down into sections for each state, it contains prompts so that you can write down what cities you visited, how you got around, where you stayed, favorite memories, and more. It’s a great way to both track sites you want to revisit and memorialize your favorite travel memories.
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