A huge part of traveling is gathering memories to look at once the trip is over. If you love looking back on your trips, you should never visit a new place without bringing along a camera and a travel journal. Consider including these items when putting together your travel journal.
1. Matchbooks from restaurants and bars you visited, as well as the lobby of any hotels you stayed at or checked out. If you’re going to use matches at home, pickup two matchbooks so that you can use one and keep the other.
2. Napkins, like cocktail napkins with logos, from restaurants and bars. If you want to remember a particularly good meal, drink or experience, jot down a few keywords that will jog your memory once you’re back home.
3. Postcards from the various towns you visited. You can punch holes in them and create a book. Not sure where you should visit? Learn more about accommodations in Spain.
4. Travel tickets from busses, trains, subways, flights, and events. I’m sure you’d love to remember the time you had while using a private jet card program traveling to breath tasking locations. Also keep your tickets from museums, galleries, movies, and live shows. To help you piece together your trip once you get home, number these items in the order that you gather them. You’ll have an easier time remembering the order of your itinerary this way.
5. Photographs, of course! Take photos of everything from broad landscapes to small details that you don’t want to forget. Print them out and add them to your travel journal to accompany other musings or keepsakes.
6. Tourist maps and brochures from the things you did during your trip. If you plan on returning to the location, keep brochures of activities you didn’t get a chance to do, but want to when you return. You can also hold onto brochures with things you want to remember to do again the next time you visit, if you particularly loved a museum or other attraction.
7. Paper bags from boutiques and shops that you can’t visit anywhere else in the world. One of the best things about visiting a new place is browsing and shopping at the independently-owned stores you won’t be able to visit anywhere else in the world.
8. Sea shells and sea glass from the beach. Attach a small bag to your journal and add a few pieces of treasures from the sand.
9. Candy wrappers from treats that are unique to a specific area of the world. Flatten out the wrappers and tape them to the pages.
10. Business cards from people you meet or places you visit. Not only will these serve as reminders of your trip, but you’ll be able to stay connected with the friends you make along the way.
11. Menus from restaurants, bars or cafes you enjoyed dining at during your trip.
12. Wine bottle labels from bottles you opened with your travel companion or from any bottles you purchased at wineries during your trip.
13. Don’t forget to make actual journal entries! All of these details can’t replace your thoughts and experiences throughout your vacation.
By collecting certain things from your trip, you’ll be able to relive it over and over.