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Are you looking for the best travel journal for your kids? Travel journals are a great way for kids to document their world travels. Milana writes in hers every time we take a trip and loves looking back at the photos, keepsakes and memories. While you can use a notebook and have your kids draw and write in it, I have found that an actual travel journal that is geared towards kids gets them more excited and kids are more likely to write when they are given a prompt.
Travel journals encourage your kids to sit and think about their day. What food did I eat today? What did we see? What was the weather like? It’s a great way to remember their trip in their own special way. And I always love reading what she thinks was the best part of a city, like sleeping in the Hello Kitty hotel room in Tokyo which while it was great, it wouldn’t have been my top choice!
There are so many travel journals for kids out there, the decision of which to buy can be overwhelming. We have tried many different journals and narrowed it down to these 5. In no particular order, here are our favorite travel journals for kids.
This was one of the first journals we purchased. It’s engaging with games and prompts and the smaller size will easily fit into your child’s backpack. The biggest drawback for us? It’s really made for one or two trips and that just wasn’t cutting it. If you’re going on a big trip (say African safari) and want your child to document it, this is perfect. But if you’re a frequent flyer, this most likely will not work for you.
This is an excellent choice for older kids and teens. Every page is the same, with simple questions about the trip as well as an area for some free writing and photos/tickets/mementos/etc. This will fit quite a few trips, so if you’re going on a multi city trip or travel several times a year, this is perfect.
This is my pick for the best travel journal for the under 6 crowd. It’s perfect for the little ones just learning to write and a great introduction to journaling. The lines are wide and dotted, perfect for those learning how to write. Milana loved this one because of the games it had in the back. The prompts are cute and to the point, perfect for that first journal experience.
This is one of my favorite travel journals for the older kids (6 and up). It’s super detailed, great prompts and some fun games at the end. It has room for multiple trips/destinations, making it a great choice whether you are taking a gap year around the world or travel to multiple cities/destinations in a year. The pages repeat as you see in the photos, so you basically fill out the same prompts for each destination, making it a nice, consistent journal.
This is my personal favorite and the one Milana is currently using. It’s simple and to the point, your child will fill out the destination, weather, best and worst part of the trip as well as things they learned at the destination. This is perfect if you homeschool, a great way to learn about geography and helps them remember the details of the trip. There’s blank pages for drawings or tickets, souvenirs, etc. The pages repeat, as you see in the photo below, and your child will fill out 4 per city. There is room for 30 cities/trips, making this an awesome, long-term journal.
What are your thoughts kids’ travel journals?
Do you encourage your kids to write about their trip and keep a travel journal? Tell us in the comments below. Happy journaling!