first travel journal was a souvenir given to me by my sister from India. I used it solely to write down every single moment of my trips to Mexico and Southeast Asia. I am almost certain I wrote down every detail, from what I ate to little inconveniences. It is much more personal than my blog.
Cambodia we shared a van with a group of people and one of those people was a French Canadian guy. He showed us his own travel journal. He had it filled with drawings, ticket stubs, and little notes about his trip. His drawings were terrible, but I loved that he didn't care. He wanted the drawings to be a visual representation of what he did. As someone who doesn't draw because I'm horrible at it, I saw that as an opportunity to change my mindset going into this new journal. I wanted it to be less writing and more visual story telling. Unfortunately, as my journal progressed, I've returned to more writing in my attempt to remember every single detail.
Russia. I have entries for Spain, and I'm working on those for Finland, too because I've taken these trips since living here. I'm still debating, if I left today, whether I'd continue working in this journal or buy a new one. As much as I love Russia, I know I won't live here forever, butI like the idea of keeping this journal as a reminder of this chapter in my life. However, if I have too many blank pages left I may just continue using it. We'll see.
Along with my must-haves, in order to make my journal visually appealing, I use a lot of local items. Ticket stubs, wrappers and labels, maps (usually free at tourist centers), information pamphlets (also usually free at museums or tourist attractions), and business cards. It's also a good idea to check airline magazines because they are free and sometimes they have great photos or write ups about your destination. There is no need to spend money on your journal because you can find so many free things.
My inspiration for drawings and hand lettering come from different places. I bought the Russian version of this journal from Keri Smith that has great layouts for writing. I usually use some aspect of her illustrations in my own journal. VDNH and Irkutsk Tourist Center both had minimalist icon drawings for their points of interest that made it really easy to draw. Lisa Congdon is also an artist I look to for inspiration. I love her simple, yet fun, drawings. I also utilized Pinterest and Instagram for help. I'd search "hand drawn _______" or "travel journal" to give me ideas. I even have a board on Pinterest dedicated to journaling.
Instagram because I may do a video.