We could call it eclectic, but this is more a fabulous mismatch of our favourite kids’ travel journals from around the world. There’s a journal for every kind of kid here. There’s nothing we love more than seeing children catch the travel bug. With these great journals to record their memories, adventures, sights, tastes, sounds and smells and to plan future trips, a new generation of travel addicts will be born.
On a more practical note, an engaged, interested child is far more fun to travel with than a bored one! Banish cries of “Arrrrrrre we there yet?” as your kids get busy jotting in their journals.
- 92 pages
- 5 years old up
Designed and printed in rural Victoria this great journal comes from the caravanning obsessives at Caravanning with Kids. These guys make it their mission to escape every weekend so they are highly adept at keeping kids entertained in a confined space! If you’re looking for family caravanning inspiration their blog and online magazine are both fantastic.
The travel journal is spiral bound with pages to record each day. There are activity pages including mazes, colouring and battleships (and you can download new copies of these pages from the Caravanning with Kids website). There are two fantastic extras: a reusable packing checklist which gets kids thinking and taking responsibility for their own travel needs, and a reusable important address list to detail people to whom the kids want to send postcards and letters from their travels.
- 72 pages
- 5 years old up
When the grown up bookshelves are full of Lonely Planet travel guides, it seems only fair that the kids get to start their own collection! We are big fans of the Lonely Planet Kids series which includes such gems as How Airports Work, The Cities Activity Book, The Dinosaur Atlas and a brilliant selection of city guides. Check the full range here.
This neon-bright backpack sized journal has fun illustrations and lots of space to write, draw, collage and colour. There are ideas for journaling topics and lists to complete to get your young writer off to a creative start.
- 84 pages
- 6-9 years old
The Ultimate Travel Journal for Kids lives up to its name, with prompts for your little traveller to record their journey from the deliciousness of anticipation through to their favourite highlights and discoveries with prompts to detail their observations. There’s a host of excellent activities and games including word searches, scavenger hunts and crosswords. One of the most charming features of the Ultimate Travel Journal are the do it yourself souvenir ideas so the kids can create their own unique momentos filled with special memories.
- 100 pages
- 6-7 year olds
The clever people at Lunar Glow Journals have published several versions of the Kids Travel Journal. Our favourites include My Travel Journey for Great Britain, My Travel Journal for Italy, My Travel Journey for Ireland, and of course you can’t miss My Travel Journey for Australia.
The travel diaries prompt your kids to record their experiences with questions about iconic features from the country you are exploring. There’s space for older kids to write their memories and for the little ones there are lots of easy check the box and fill in the blank questions. Everyone will have fun with the free doodle pages! One of our favourite elements from the Lunar Glow Journals is the space to log and rate new food experiences.
- 94-100 pages
- $30 (HKD$170)
- 7-13 year olds
By far the most sophisticated kids’ travel journals on the market, the Leap and Hop series are adored by children and their parents alike. Written by mum of three Isabelle Demenge for the children in her own extended family and beautifully illustrated by French illustrator Emelie Sarnel, these journals are a joy to use and will be treasured for long years after the trip has passed. We’re big fans of Isabelle’s ethos that the journals allow you to stick to a grown up itinerary with a focus on cultural sites, while sharing an unforgettable experience with your children.
Covering a host of adventurous destinations Leap and Hop explore Asia through Mongolia, Myanmar, India, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Vietnam and Aussie favourite Bali. There are also city journals for Paris and New York. There’s lots of information about your destination’s history, geography, religion, architecture, currency and cuisine. Your Leap and Hop adventures will take you right into the local culture with scavenger hunts, food critic challenges, quizzes, drawing ideas and I spy games.
- 160 pages
- 9-11 year olds
Inspired by Dr Seuss’ childhood classic Oh, The Places You’ll Go! this fun journal celebrates the work of one of the most popular children’s authors of all time. Hundreds of millions of copies of Dr Suess books, translated into more than 20 languages, have brought joy to countless children around the world.
The journal keeps it simple, made up of lined pages which are great for notes. There are peel off stickers on the front and back cover and Dr Seuss wisdom is quoted throughout.
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”