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Travel Journals for Children, Tweens & Teens

Updated on October 27, 2014

Encouraging your child to use a diary on holiday

Travel journals or diaries are a great way to keep your kids entertained while you are on holiday, particularly in the boring bits - flights, long car rides, in hotel rooms without TV. Along with giving them something extra to do it can help them to focus on what they are doing each day and keep them interested throughout the trip.

The memento they end up with can last a lifetime. The ideas on this page can help you get your kids into diary writing and get everyone some quiet time on your next holiday. Who knows you might just discover you have the next Bill Bryson in your family.

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Writing Ideas for Different Age Groups

Kids aged 5-8

Young children will probably find writing everyday to be a bit of a drag but a book with some blank pages for drawing or a trip book that includes the cities they will visit can be a great idea.

Kids aged 8-12

At this age lots of girls begin to keep a 'real diary" so the idea is something they understand. They love to fill things in so diaries with outlines are good for this age group.

Reluctant writers can still join in by keeping an art book

Two of the greatest gifts we can give our children are roots and wings.

Hodding Carter

Have you ever recorded details of your trips?

Have you ever written about your holidays?

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A Great holiday record for 5-8 year olds

Kid's Trip Diary: Kids! Write About Your Own Adventures and Experiences! (Kid's Travel series)
Kid's Trip Diary: Kids! Write About Your Own Adventures and Experiences! (Kid's Travel series)

Kids this age love to fill things in. This book has lists for them to complete to help prepare them for their holiday and lots of ideas for ways to pass the travelling hours when you are not sightseeing.


Ideas to get your kids started with their writing

  1. Write their favourite thing about each day - Maybe it's seeing an animal they had not seen before or a place they had only seen in the movies until now...
  2. Write about the best thing they ate - this is great on foreign holidays when you are trying new things
  3. Write a new word they hear or learn each day - again best for international trips
  4. Stick in a ticket or keepsake they have collected during in the day
  5. Older kids might like to write mini reviews of the restaurants they visit
  6. In our 2 month European Vacation as we left each country my daughter surveyed us on which city or place we liked best and wrote up the results

A great diary for younger children - If they can draw they can record their holiday too

Lakeshore Draw & Write Journal
Lakeshore Draw & Write Journal

Kids are never too young to begin keeping mementos of their trips. It's is also a great "time out" activity for when the travelling is getting a little tiring on everyone.


More styles for you to consider - there is a style for almost every type of holiday

RandMcNally Kids' Road Atlas (Backseat Books)
RandMcNally Kids' Road Atlas (Backseat Books)

Great for the long family road trip with plenty of activities to keep your children busy while you drive.

Travel Journal: Photo Album & Journal
Travel Journal: Photo Album & Journal

This option is part photo album part diary and also a great idea for budding photographers.

Let's Go See All 50!, Visiting the 50 States Journal - Kraft Hard Cover (prompts on every page, recycled paper, read more)
Let's Go See All 50!, Visiting the 50 States Journal - Kraft Hard Cover (prompts on every page, recycled paper, read more)

The perfect choice for anyone planning a few years worth of road trips around the USA.


Holiday writing prompts for older children

  1. Write about an interesting person that you met
  2. Describe a boat or train ride you took? What did you see? What did you like/dislike about it?
  3. If you are in a foreign country how do you feel when you can not understand what is being said
  4. Which things are just like home, which are different?
  5. What are you most looking forward to doing on this holiday? and later did it live up to your expectations

Lonely Planet Not for Parents books - Paris, London, New York, Rome, China and Australia

These books are a fantastic way to include your child in the planning stages of your trip. Let them have their own book to help them learn about the places you will visit. Let them help map out some parts of the itinerary. Having this level of involvement in your holiday will encourage them to be more inquisitive and open to all the things you will come across.

Not For Parents Travel Book (Lonely Planet. Not for Parents)
Not For Parents Travel Book (Lonely Planet. Not for Parents)

A great introduction to the world's famous places with facts on over 200 places. You do not need to be going on holiday to want to read this one, it will inspire an interest in the world.


There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million.

Walt Streightiff

Travel Dairies for Teenagers - They will often enjoy it more than they think

Travel Journal (Notebook, Diary) (Compact Journal Series)
Travel Journal (Notebook, Diary) (Compact Journal Series)

Once your kids are teens you can buy pretty much any travel journal around however one with a cool cover and places to stick in momentos like ticket stubs make a good choice.


Free kids diary templates - Do it yourself options

  1. Make your own kids travel diary by printing and collating these pages by Activity Village
  2. Travel writing Kit Digital Stamps, Templates & Cutting Files
  3. Another make and print kids diary by Mom Ready
  4. Free Printable Kid diary by Julie Warner Travel Plans
  5. Prefer a Kids Travel Blog Free Kids Travel Blog Templates

Have you tried recording one of your holidays with your kids? - or perhaps you wrote like this as a child?

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    • Marten22 profile image


      4 years ago

      Interesting! I think many people would enjoy reading this lens!

    • Marten22 profile image


      4 years ago

      Interesting! I think many people would enjoy reading this lens!

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      Robert Connor 

      4 years ago from Michigan

      Girls are traveling to Thailand, hope they can make those traveling momento's

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      Heidi Vincent 

      4 years ago from GRENADA

      Really great ideas for children of all ages!

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      Merry Citarella 

      4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      A fun idea to keep kids writing and journaling! Enjoyed this very much.

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      5 years ago

      Awansome Lens.:)

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      Virginia Allain 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      I remember fondly my small diary and the key to lock it. As an adult, I've kept a journal for 30 years and still going. It's a great activity to start children on.

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      5 years ago

      Very good idea. Travel diaries are the best way to remember your holidays!

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      5 years ago

      I've kept travel journals for many years, but unfortunately that habit did not extend to my daughters. My mother also kept track of all the various trips she and dad took over the years - probably where I got it from.

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      Paula Morgan 

      6 years ago from Sydney Australia

      @deandoit1947: I hope you have an amazing holiday. Good luck with your website too.

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      6 years ago

      Thank you so much for this excellent lens! My 13-year old grandson and I will be taking a 67 day backpacking trip to Europe next summer and the ideas you presented will help me (and him) do a much better job of keeping a journal. We will use the Kraft that you showed. It is perfect for a young man his age. We are putting together a website about backpacking to Europe If you get a chance to visit I would appreciate any suggestions. Thanks again for this excellent lens. I will be returning often.

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      6 years ago

      Fabulous idea! Bet your a wonderful mom.

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      PeacefieldFarm LM 

      6 years ago

      Our oldest is just getting old enough. We will do this our next trip.

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      6 years ago

      I used to write journal as a child but never ask my kid to do so. It's a good idea to keep a journal, especially for vacations or any family outings.

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      6 years ago

      I got into the habit early in life, and so glad to have those old journals now. We always think we'll remember everything about a trip, but the memories have a way of fading quickly unless there's a memory prompt like a travel journal to look back on.

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      6 years ago

      I never did it as a child. Now as an adult I journal in the form of a photo album. My pictures are chronological and have a story beside them.

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      Tea Pixie 

      6 years ago

      I love travel journaling. I find it really fun to track travel expenses in my journal so that when I look back, years later, I can see what prices were like in different places, and what my budget looked like. I love your ideas for kids. My best suggestion for getting kids writing is to have them create cartoons for which they have to write speech bubbles. Using art as a starting place for writing is often quite successful at any age!

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      6 years ago

      I have! Now retracing one of my trips with my son who, coincidentally, is the same age I was last time I was there. Hope he takes good notes for himself!

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      dann7trdro lm 

      6 years ago

      looking at your lenses i can say you are a travel guru

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      6 years ago

      Fantastic idea. When I was a kid, I kept one of these with each vacation I took with my folks.

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      Fiona Carroll 

      6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      My friend journaled while we were away together in Morocco.Iit was such a good idea. I had never thought of it. I imagine teen girls would LOVE doing this.

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      6 years ago

      Seems like a cool idea...I think I might try journaling since I do like to write!

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      6 years ago

      No, but my daughter is off to Greece on a school trip in a couple of weeks. This have given her some great ideas. It will be lovely to look back when she older and remember her week away.

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      Bob Zau 

      6 years ago

      Nice lens, what a great way to document a memory.

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      6 years ago from Florida

      Neat ideas! I write down my childrens' favorite activities of each day when we travel. Hopefully someday soon they will progress to make their own journals like the ones on this page.

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      7 years ago

      Great lens! Lots of great ideas for vacations! :)

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      7 years ago

      An excellent way for vacation this year. Thanks.

    • efriedman profile image


      7 years ago

      Good idea if you can get kids interested in doing it. Maybe these days they just want to Tweet their observations?

    • UKGhostwriter profile image


      7 years ago

      I tried it with my kids ...too much like work for them..sadly

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      Mary Norton 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      You are right. This is a great activity for kids to do.

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      7 years ago

      Travel Journal is a praiseworthy idea to enhance kids' writing skills, besides it is the best way to preserve travel memories and experiences.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      7 years ago from United States

      Travel journals are excellent suggestions for any age, but I love the idea of encouraging children to write in them too.

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      7 years ago

      I have done this worthwhile activity with others' kids occasionally in my work over the years -- and I did it on my own as a child -- great presentation -- blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      7 years ago

      My daughter loves writing, and I always get her a new notebook before going anywhere.

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      'Vikk Simmons 

      7 years ago from Houston

      We traveled a lot so I always kept some kind of record, although I don't think we called them travel journals back then.

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      Teri Hansen 

      7 years ago

      I tend to log our trips with pics and then create a 'theme photo album' with memo areas to log happenings in the pic.

      Journaling is a great idea for the kids. They always have different memories of a trip than a parent does. We'll give this a try next time around.

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      LissaKlar LM 

      7 years ago

      No, I never thought of it before but it's such a great idea. My daughter is really into writing and journaling and I'll probably get her a travel journal for vacation this year.

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      7 years ago

      An excellent way to save memories for a lifetime!

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      7 years ago

      i use photos for traveling. perhaps i will add a journal to them someday

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      Liz Mackay 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Some good tips to help the kids get the most from their travelling. Blessed by a squid angel and featured on Me?!! A Squid Angel.

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      Nathalie Roy 

      7 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      We keep saying we should write it down, but it never gets done. By chance we takes lots and lots of pictures, so everything won't be forget. I will make this journal for our christmas holidays, not "we will do that later" this time. My son is only 3, so it is our duty to keep some memories for him

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      7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      This is such a great idea. I wish I'd done this with my kids on the many trips we took. I've kept a travel journal a time or two, but wish I'd done one for every trip. There are, in particular, a few delightful out-of-the-way restaurants we stopped at on long road trips and today I wish I could remember where they were and what the name was. Developing this habit in young children will be appreciated by them as they get older and talk about 'Remember when...'

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      Kathy McGraw 

      7 years ago from California

      When I first went overseas my daughter gave me a travel journal...13 years later It is indeed one of my most valued treastures as it has a lot of memories of my time in Peace Corps. All my grandkids have done travel journals which their mother is saving for when they are bigger ;)

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      7 years ago

      I remember once a teacher gave my daughter an assignment to keep a travel journal on a trip she was taking and she loved it. She started journaling regularly after that. I had never done it before, other than keeping brochures I picked up, but since joining Squidoo I started journaling on my trips so that I could write a lens when I got back. :)

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      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      A great idea to occupy a child on a trip. Makes a wonderful souvenir too.

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      Cynthia Arre 

      7 years ago from Quezon City

      You're absolutely right, it's a wonderful idea to encourage kids to document their travels from an early age. What a delightful selection of travel journals for children! ~Blessed~

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      7 years ago

      This is such a unique and fun idea. I write in an ordinary journal religiously, so I use my regular diary as a travel journal and have since a young age. Lensrolling this to my 10 Ways to Keep a Great Diary lens.

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      Moe Wood 

      7 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      Encouraging kids to keep track of their own memories like this will be so rewarding when they are looking back.

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      7 years ago

      Never thought about travel journaling before. This is a nice idea :)

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      7 years ago

      A trick if children (like mine) are resistant to keeping a "big" journal is to give them one of those small notebooks (like from the dollar store) and tell them to jot down something as small as a sentence if they like.

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      7 years ago

      Brilliant! Children will love this! Imagine making a diary of your trips and being able to read about them 20 years later. Hey, your Tweets were one of the ones I followed from Twitter when I found Squidoo. I have just finished my first Lens and now have great ideas to add thanks to you. Sundae ;-)


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