Unique Travel Journal Prompts

By Laura Jemetta

I take a travel journal with me on every trip I take – it’s just about the first thing that goes in my carry-on backpack. When I journal, I really enjoy to mix up free-writing with answering some structured prompts, so I’ve come up with a list of prompts for travel-journalling.

You can use them in conjunction with free-writing if you like, or if you prefer to simply have some prompts to work with, you can use them by themselves. I find them thought provoking to use, and they really make me think about my travel in a thoughtful and grateful way.

Pre-Trip: (While you’re on the plane)

  • What am I most excited about for this trip?
  • In what ways am I grateful for this trip? Make a list.
  • In what ways did I need to be brave in order to take this trip?
  • Why am I going to this city/country/region? Why did I choose this destination.
  • What are my hopes for this trip?

During the trip: (Every day)

  • What was the best thing about today?
  • What am I grateful for today? List at least three things.
  • What was the nicest thing I ate today?
  • What was the most interesting thing I saw or experienced today?
  • In what ways did I get out of my comfort zone today?
  • How did I go with budgeting today?
  • What are my hopes for tomorrow?

Post Trip: (on the plane home)

  • What was the absolute highlight of my trip? (Try and choose just one for now)
  • What are all the things I loved about this trip? List everything, until you have a great big list!
  • In what ways am I grateful for this trip – make a list.
  • What exactly did I love about the city/country/region I travelled to.
  • In what ways am I a different person now? How have I grown during this trip?
  • List the ways I am grateful, ,(instead of sad), to be going home.

Let me know if you plan to use any of these prompts the next time you go away. I’d love to hear!

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