Travel Journals for Children, Tweens & Teens
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.
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.
Have you ever recorded details of your trips?
Have you ever written about your holidays?
A Great holiday record for 5-8 year olds
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
- 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...
- Write about the best thing they ate - this is great on foreign holidays when you are trying new things
- Write a new word they hear or learn each day - again best for international trips
- Stick in a ticket or keepsake they have collected during in the day
- Older kids might like to write mini reviews of the restaurants they visit
- 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
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
Great for the long family road trip with plenty of activities to keep your children busy while you drive.
This option is part photo album part diary and also a great idea for budding photographers.
The perfect choice for anyone planning a few years worth of road trips around the USA.
Holiday writing prompts for older children
- Write about an interesting person that you met
- Describe a boat or train ride you took? What did you see? What did you like/dislike about it?
- If you are in a foreign country how do you feel when you can not understand what is being said
- Which things are just like home, which are different?
- 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.
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.
Great websites for more travel writing ideas
Travel Dairies for Teenagers - They will often enjoy it more than they think
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
- Make your own kids travel diary by printing and collating these pages by Activity Village
- Travel writing Kit Digital Stamps, Templates & Cutting Files
- Another make and print kids diary by Mom Ready
- Free Printable Kid diary by Julie Warner Travel Plans
- Prefer a Kids Travel Blog Free Kids Travel Blog Templates