Putting Together A Vacation Journal (plus a free printable)

This Putting Together A Vacation Journal post is sponsored.

We have one last road trip planned for 2017 and then we’re done with traveling for the year. I guess it makes sense since there are only a few days left before 2018.

This year was a huge travel year for us. We went to Washington, DC; Hilton Head Island, SC; Fayetteville, NC (twice!); Myrtle Beach, SC; and we’re headed to Virginia post-Christmas. Without me, Pete went to New Orleans and upstate New York. And without Pete, I went to Charleston, SC and Florida. I’m lucky to have a blog so I can keep track of all our travels.

When I was young, I remember my second grade winter break project was writing a journal about what I did. I was in Florida visiting my grandparents and wrote all about meeting new cousins and swimming in the pool. When I was in school, I hated having to write it in. I just wanted to play and not do homework. But when I was older, I loved looking back on it and remembering that trip.

As you’re planning and picking out your travel destinations for 2018, be sure to write all your travels down in a journal of some sort. And for your kids, have them use the Vacation Journal free printable I created.

Putting Together A Vacation Journal

To start, you’re going to want to save our free printable below.

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Right click on the image above, then save it to your computer. Whenever you want to use it, just print out a copy.

Help your child fill out the sheet. I didn’t want to put lines in case you are starting the activity with a young child who can’t spell yet. They’ll be able to draw in the boxes instead. And your older children can write sentences in the boxes instead.

When each page is done, put it in a sheet protector in a binder. Or, if you want to do a little more, you can actually scan each page at, at the end of the year, upload them to create a photo book. That would probably last longer than the sheet protector method, but I would rather have the papers with actual handwriting on them.

Where will you go in 2018?

Now that you have the journal, the only question that remains is: Where will you go in 2018?

We don’t actually have anything planned in stone yet. We’re talking about going to Florida sometime next year and hopefully Charleston. And if it all goes well, we’ll spend a little time in Asheville because Pete would love to check out the breweries out that way.

He would also love to just spend some time in the middle of nowhere, just him and nature. We live at the end of a cul de sac, which most of the time is amazing. Sometimes, though, we feel a little bit on top of our neighbors and don’t have room to spread out. So finding somewhere like Kalu Yala, a settlement located 50 minutes from downtown Panama City that’s accessible by a dirt road, filled with people who believe in sustainability and have a negative carbon footprint, the tropical jungle eco-camp sounds great.

Speaking of the wilderness retreat, you can actually apply for the Kalu Yala scholarship. You have until December 2018 to write an essay on the main benefits of studying abroad for a chance at a $1,000 scholarship. Get all the details via that link.

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