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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