Trip tip – Keep a Journal

vacation journalHaving recently come back from a trip, I’m remembering more Business of Motherhood tips for fellow moms. This one was a lot of fun and a great memory/keepsake. I took along a blank black and white composition notebook and kept a family journal of our trip. Up front, I wrote our basic itinerary (yes, plan to paste the handy spreadsheet of stops/lodging as well), and each day, made highlight notes of what we did, where we ate, etc. Believe it or not, we saw 28 family & friends on our 10-day trip (!), so I also kept a list of those people. We also kept a “funny quotes” page which the kids loved, where we kept track of the offbeat and funny things we said or heard (“Hey, that RV has a mailbox!”). Then, I started writing, and writing. My husband and kids also made entries, so it became a great collaborative effort. We also had each kid trace their hand & illustate a page including their favorite parts, meals, experiences of the trip. We wrote on all of the right-hand pages, and I plan to add souvenirs/keepsakes like tickets, brochures, etc. to illustrate the book. I’m the least artistic person you’ll meet, but this was a fun, simple way to capture the moments together. What have you done to keep track of your family trip memories?


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2 Comments to Trip tip – Keep a Journal

  1. by Keeping a Journal

    On January 19, 2008 at 9:26 am

    A fun and easy way for busy moms to keep a journal while they travel is to keep an audio journal. A company called LifeOnRecord gives you a journal that you can call into from any telephone. You can have your kids talk about their day, make a quick call from your cell phone as you see interesting things, and call during long drives to recap your day.

    The audio recordings can be podcasted into iTunes so you can make CDs of them, or the company will send you a CD every month with all your journal recordings. You can listen to the audio recordings on their own or incorporate them into the making of scrapbooks and travelogues. The website is

  2. by Yeun

    On July 30, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    Video journals are becoming quite popular, but I am a fan of online blogs that act as an online journal… Hmmm… remember the days when it was rude to read other people’s journals, now it seems everyone is dying to show you the contents!

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