Tips and Ideas for using UniKeep’s Travel Planner Journal
“My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.”
Maybe keeping a travel journal is an old-fashioned, romantic notion. But writing down life at the moment, as seen through your eyes for that particular time, takes on a kind of magic when it’s read after your vacation. You’ll never again be in that place, at that age, at that time.
Later, when time provides some perspective, reading old travel journals can inspire tears, laughter, even wistfulness. Good travel journaling tells the tales of our lives.
In the words of Norman Douglas, writing in the 1920s, good travel writing “invites the reader to undertake three tours simultaneously: abroad, into the author’s brain, and into his own.”
A new take on the travel binder journal
If you’re traveling this summer, give travel journaling a shot, even if it’s outside your comfort zone. And here’s an easy way to begin.
Try UniKeep’s mini travel binder. Not only can it give you a little help ahead of time with getting organized for your trip, but it can also be used as a mini scrapbook and journal when your vacation begins.
Plan ahead with UniKeep’s travel journal planner
UniKeep’s compact-sized travel binder organizer is different because it can be used in two different ways.
The binder’s rings are made from polypropylene, so they’re easy on your fingers. It also comes ready with travel journal essentials like themed content pages for jotting notes, archival-quality page protectors for photos and mementos, and an enclosed case that snaps closed to protect inside contents. And its new smaller size means you can pop it in a bag and go.
Best of all, this kit’s 14 themed content pages help you get organized ahead of time for your trip.
UniKeep’s travel journal includes pages for:
- Destination research and ideas
- Bucket travel list
- Daily plans/activities on your vacation
- Logs for where to eat/where to stay
- Packing lists
- Logs for trip details – hotels/locations/ flight numbers and specifics; car rental specifics
- 15 page protectors to store and organize your tickets, maps, notes, photos, mementos
Travel journaling during your trip
Writing about your travels really isn’t all that difficult. You just have to start. It doesn’t have to be anything complicated or fancy.
- Purchase a small notebook or 3-hole punched mini binder paper and a couple of pens or pencils and put them inside your UniKeep travel mini binder.
- Use the paper for writing about your trip, using the style you prefer – use paragraphs, bullets, or simply captions for photos, sketches, and mementos.
- Use the mini page protectors included inside UniKeep’s vacation journal for your notes and small mementos.
- Buy a few extra so you can try all the different pocket shapes and sizes (like the ones we show here).
There’s a lot you can do to make your travel journal kit interesting and fun to look through later.
- Add sketches, photos, paper money, coins – even postcards and business cards from the places you visited.
- Maps, ticket stubs, brochures, and paper napkins also make great travel mementos.
If you’re feeling creative and want to give your travel journal more of a scrapbook feel, decorate your pages with stickers, decorative borders, Washi tape, and other embellishments.
How to write a travel journal – writing prompts
A good travel journal shouldn’t be a dull, daily recitation of events. Pick one or two memorable events about that day and write about those. Your entry could even be a list of the top five “bests” for that day — best food, best beach, best sunset. Maybe something funny or sad happened that you’d like to remember later with a travel journal entry.
Try using vivid descriptions to describe your destination. Elaborate on inspirations and discoveries you made along the way.
When you’re stuck, try these writing prompts:
- Record conversations with others or interesting ones you’ve overheard
- Start each entry with memory and event for that day
- List the people on your trip or people you meet
- Include pressed flowers and leaves in page protectors
- Write down a list of “bests” – best meal, adventure, sunset, beach
- Add stickers and interesting pieces of wrapping/packaging – tea bag labels, candy wrapper
Back home with your travel journal
When you get home, finish your travel journal with a few reflections on what you loved most about your trip. Write about what was most challenging and what you learned about yourself and others. Was it everything you thought it would be?
Happy travels and enjoy using your UniKeep Travel Mini Binder.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do
than by the ones you did do.”