Whether your child racks up frequent flyer miles or shares in a yearly family road trip, capture your child’s traveling adventures in a personal travel journal. A children’s travel journal keeps young globetrotters busy, engaged and entertained during any trip and the final creative project is as a treasured keepsake that vividly preserves family memories from your child’s point of view.
1.) The Book and Other Supplies
Find a journal that is big enough for drawings, writing, postcards, photos, and souvenirs. It can be a blank sketchbook or a lined, spiral notebook. Gather basic art materials, such as colored pencils, markers, a glue stick, child scissors, etc.
2.) The Journal should be as Individual as your Child
Each travel journal will be different and original. It will naturally reflect your child’s personality, interests and destinations visited. If your child likes to draw, encourage him to illustrate his adventures. If she is fascinated with letters, words and language, she can create a largely written-driven journal. If your child has become fascinated with a particular topic or theme, incorporate this enthusiasm into the journal as well. If you are traveling during a particular time of year, such as spring, fall, or during a specific holiday, use this time of year as a thematic inspiration for the travel journal.
3.) Age Doesn’t Matter
It doesn’t matter if your child is 2 or 14 years of age, encourage them to create their own book. If your child isn’t old enough to write, have him use stickers, dictate his thoughts to an adult, and you can interpret his drawings. An older child will naturally have more independence in the journal’s creation.
4.) Keep your Mementos
From rail tickets to postcards, photos to museum stubs, glue ‘proof’ of your daily adventures. You can even paste an envelope or ziplock bag on the back of the journal and store things gathered along the way, such as flowers, sand from the beach, foreign money, maps, etc.
5.) Be Creative and Have Fun!
The journal is an imaginative, creative activity that doesn’t need to be fancy or complicated, in fact simple is better. The finished product should be a creative, colorful memoir of your child’s personal travel experience.