A Travel Writer’s Guide to Recording Your Journey

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No matter where you travel or what mode of transportation you use, chronicling your adventures with words, pictures and small mementos of amazing destinations can bring you countless hours of enjoyment for years to come. Try travel writing for recording your journeys.

In this post, we’ll explore travel journals, giving you our top seven picks and narrowing that down to our most treasured and why.

Basic History of Journaling  

The earliest evidence of writing and production of historical accounts were discovered in approximately 3500 B.C. The earliest recorded accounts were made by ancient Egyptians. And, of course, we all know about the history of cave paintings, depicting life with all its dangers, discoveries and fascinations.

Once thought of as “keeping a diary”, early journals were a means of recording our deepest thoughts and emotions. Many times these “diaries” were kept under lock and key by young girls, myself included, writing about boys, dances, and the various cliques at school. I still have one of mine from way back when and it almost makes me cringe to read those things now. There are also many very happy moments written in this diary of mine. My first kiss. My first boyfriend, etc.

What Type of Journaler Are You?

There are online journal spaces for just about every type of writing you desire. Some people feel comfortable accessing these online writing portals using their computers, phones or tablets.

I prefer writing with a favorite pen in a journal with high quality lined paper. That’s my favorite. I just happen to make leather journals with beautiful ivory colored lined paper, which I sell in my Etsy shop, Bound & Wound.  

I’m what I call an “all over the map” journal writer. My preference is to write about everything. I brain dump, ramble, complain, praise, cite and excite all over my paper. I don’t care about punctuation or being the least bit grammatically correct, or politically correct for that matter.

There are several types of journals on the market today, for nearly every purpose you can think of.

1. Gratitude journals

2. Bible Journals

3. Pregnancy journals

4. Dream journals

5. Multi-year journals

6 Travel journals

…and many more.

Travel Journals

I’ll start with this one because, after all, RV Travel and Lifestyle is my niche and the topics this website is centered around.

In this category of journals, there are also several varieties to choose from. Once again, you have online platforms where you have a safe and secure place to write all that your heart desires.

Here is another list of varieties of travel journals?

1. Midori style journals with multiple refillable/replaceable sections

2. Leather bound travel writing journal.

3. Travel journals for kids.

4. Ticket stub journals.

5. Travel itinerary/calendar journals

6. Diary style travel journals

7. Passport/document traveler’s journal

As you can plainly see, the choices are seemingly endless.

The travel journal that I choose is a leather bound Midori style travel journal. I love this format because, although the binding itself is slightly pricey, there are a number of different notebooks you can add in and replace as needed.

The size is noted as 6.5″ by 4.8″. I love leather. I love the look, the feel and the smell of leather. So this is a no-brainer for me. The fact that I have a choice of notebook inserts makes the decision also very easy. This product comes with a pen, a zippered pouch and extra pockets to hold cards, cash, passport and various keepsakes.


I love keeping track of my adventures. Travel journals and notebooks keep everything in one handy place, easy to find, easy to grab and go and they don’t take up much room in your pocket or your purse.

Record your travels, your gas mileage, maintenance records, favorite places to visit again, ticket stubs and itineraries. The fun part will come with looking back on where you’ve been, grateful you took the time to record your travel journey.

10 thoughts on “A Travel Writer’s Guide to Recording Your Journey

  1. Hello Sue, I love the brain dump idea! I do that for my writing but not in journal form. I do have many friends that will not go a day without journaling,. I like the idea of making my own journal. For you as a traveler I think it must be great fun to be able to look back at a day and relive it. So do you have a favorite time of day to journal?
    Great article and thanks ariel

    1. Hi Ariel, Journaling has been a part of my life for many years. I don’t get to write in my book every day and sometimes two or even three days go by. My favorite time to journal is last thing before I fall asleep at night. It is great fun to look back on our adventures. Thank you so much for your comments.

      I wish you all the best,

  2. Hi Sue,
    I can image that you have fun life, travel in different places, and record interesting things. I don’t travel so much. I have a online journal and usually write down ideas, interesting things, accomplishment, and things to do. It is helpful for me to decide what to do next. Looking back, I am always surprised to myself on the things I accomplished.

    1. Hello Anthony, it is a fun and very interesting life, indeed. It’s also fun to share those stories here on this blog. Thank you for your comments today.

      All the best,

  3. Sue,

    What a great idea, a travel journal. I know as I get older, some memories of the vacations and trips that I’ve taken seem to fade. It would have been nice to have a written journal of those trips. It would be a nice little memento to keep those memories forever with you. Going forward for future vacations, I will certainly keep that in mind.


    1. Hi Lisa, I love using a travel journal and the Midori style journal I mentioned in the post, you can add in different sections as you choose. You can also buy extra notebook sections too. It’s quite versatile.

      Thank you for your comments, Lisa

  4. Journaling is something I have done only from time to time. My husband keeps one, and we have fun reading back from several years ago. I have never been as steady about it. When I have a really nice leather journal, it entices me to keep at it though. I really get what you are saying about loving the look, feel and smell of the leather!

    1. Hi Annie,
      Thank you so much for your visit today. I think, no matter what it is you’re writing down, you are still journaling. I make lists…to me, that is journaling, like a bullet journal. I love reading back in my older journals too…that is fun, isn’t it! I’m happy to read that both you and your husband journal. That’s a great way to share even deeper with each other.

      I wish you all the best.

  5. WOW, Sue, I never really thought about all the possible types of journals that could and do exist! Unbelievable! I used to keep several diaries when I was a younger person. I had to get rid of them once my family started moving house…too much stuff! I wish I had saved even one, it would be interesting to read it now.
    Thanks for this article. I most definitely will be looking at all the different types available.

    1. Hi Michelle,

      I’ve been drawn to diaries first and then journals…many, many journals. I know what you mean about moving and having to downsize. I don’t have any of my old diaries and I sure wish I did. Thank you so much for your comments. If you ever want some guidance on choosing a journal, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

      All the best,

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