20 Travel Journal Prompts for Documenting Your Adventures

Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or just starting, the desire to hold onto all those awesome memories will be strong. Travel journaling is a great way to preserve your trip memories, but what if you’re staring at a blank page, unsure where to start? These travel journal prompts will help you write down your travel memories and discover more about the places you see.

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Prompts for your trip journal

If you’re staring at the blank pages of your journal and don’t know how to start, these travel journal prompts will guide your writing. 

List of travel journal prompts

What did you love about your trip?

What would you do differently?

Why did you choose your destination(s)?

Would you return to this destination? Why or why not?

What special challenges did you face at your destination?

How did you overcome the challenges?

What was your favorite memory from your trip?

What was the best thing that you ate?

What was the worst thing that you ate?

What new friends did you make on this trip?

What was the weather like at your destination?

Did you pack well for your trip and the weather?

Did your trip live up to your expectations?

Did you face any major disappointments on your trip?

What was your top highlight from this trip?

Did you miss anything on your trip that you regret?

How did you feel when you left your destination?

How did you feel when you returned home from your trip?

What cultural lessons did you learn on this trip?

Where are you planning to go next?

Get a printable PDF of these trip journal prompts

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Want a printable version of the above list of 20 prompts? You can get it as a part of the Perfect Trip Travel Journal. More than just a trip journal, the Perfect Trip printable travel journal comes with these 20 prompts plus four pages of travel bucket list trackers and eight different journal layouts you can choose from to make your travel journal exactly what you would like it to be.

The US letter size is perfect for hole-punching and adding to your trip-planning binder.

Buy the Perfect Trip Printable Travel Journal here.

How to use your trip journal prompts

To get the best from trip journal prompts, pick one that feels right to you at that time. Use this prompt as a starting point to pour your thoughts onto the page. Don’t worry about grammar or style; you can’t “do it wrong.” The goal is to capture the essence of your travel experience.

It’s a great idea to keep your journal and a pen or pencil handy while you travel so you can jot down thoughts as they come to you. The evening, once you’re back in your hotel for the night is a great time to reflect on your day of travel.

Remember, your travel journal is a personal space for your reflections, memories, and even sketches. Prompts are meant to guide you without restricting your creativity.

Final thoughts on using prompts for your travel journal

By reflecting on your travels with intention, you can not only preserve your memories but also develop a deeper understanding of the places you visit and your reactions to them. Whether you’re a veteran journal keeper or a beginner, these prompts can add layers of insight to your travels and your life.

So the next time you travel, consider taking some time to pause, reflect, and let these prompts guide you through uncovering your true thoughts about your adventures. You’ll be glad you did this later.

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