Kids Travel Journal Printable [Downloadable PDF Template]

Keeping a kids travel journal is not just a great way to remember the details of your trip, but it also captures those precious memories that may later be swept away in the fog of our memories.

Your kid’s journal will become an heirloom more precious than any other souvenirs you can bring back from your trip. Plus, a journal is an excellent way to keep the kiddos entertained during road trips, long plane rides, and other inevitable travel downtime!

While any old notebook or journal works, if you want to encourage kids to keep track of their experiences, you need to provide some travel journal ideas.

Kid travel journal writing

Kids Travel Journal Printables

One thing I’ve learned from my daughter’s teacher is that writing is easier for kids if they are given a writing prompt.  To design these travel journal pages, I talked to my girl about what things she likes to remember from her travels and what types of prompts might make journaling easier.

With her input I put together the following kid travel journal printable pages–including a cover and two inside pages. So if you are looking for a DIY travel journal for your kids, look no further! And if you prefer ready-made kid travel journals — keep reading because I have some options that I like down below.

With this free printable travel journal cover, your child can personalize their journal with their name, indicate where on the map they are going, and record the dates of the trip.

Kid Travel Journal Printable Cover for download at
Kid Travel Journal Printable Cover

Just click here to download the free PDF of the  kid travel journal printable cover.

I’ve also put together two interior pages. Just print as many of these (double-sided if you can) for the number of days of your trip.

The first page lets your child record the date and location and choose how they felt about the day (loved it, liked it, meh, ugh, tired, or sick.) Kids can also write about what they saw, the best thing they ate, where they stayed, and their favorite part of the day.

There are also icons to select how they traveled (plane, train, car, taxi, subway, boat, bike or walking) and what the weather was like (hot, sunny, partly cloudy, cloudy, rainy, snowy or cold.)

Kid Travel Journal Printable Interior Page downloadable at
Kid Travel Journal Printable – Interior Page

Click here to download the interior page PDF of the kid travel journal printable.

The second interior page gives plenty of room to draw a picture that represents their day, to help those that are more visual than verbal. It also provides space to write about something they learned to keep track of all the amazing education that comes through travel like facts about a place they visited, a new word in a new language, or something about the culture you are visiting.

Free kid travel journal printable picture page downloadable at
Kid Travel Journal Picture Page

Click to download the PDF of the kid travel journal printable drawing page.

Before you leave just print out the number of pages you need and staple it, bind it, or put it in a pocket folder with room to save ticket stubs, programs, and more.

When on the road, don’t wait until the meltdown at bedtime to think about writing in journals. Stick it in your day bag along with some crayons and pencils and use it as a way to keep kids entertained while waiting to be served at restaurants or other downtime throughout the day.

By the way, if you really want to get your kids involved in the travel planning as well as the travel journaling, use these vacation planner worksheets for kids!

Other Kid Travel Journals

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Not looking for a travel journal template? Maybe a travel diary or travel journal is a better fit:

Ultimate Travel Journal for Kids

My friend Rob from 2TravelDads put together The Ultimate Travel Journal for Kids: Awesome Activities for your Adventures. Since he is always adventuring with his two boys, he has some great advice to share on keeping kids entertained and engaged.

My Travel Journal

I’m a big fan of Lonely Planet guidebooks and the Lonely Planet Kids book series, including the My Travel Journal for kids.

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Kids travel journal printable PDF templates


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Publish Date: April 7, 2014

60 thoughts on “Kids Travel Journal Printable [Downloadable PDF Template]”

  1. Would like to be able to change the size to smaller sizes to fit in 4 1/2″W x 6 1/2″ L journals. If I could open in jpg file, I could change sizes.

  2. Lisa |

    I only just discovered this now! It looks great and I’ll definitely save it for when our 4-year old is a little bit bigger. We homeschool and this is a great idea to save those precious memories. Thank you so much for sharing this!

      1. Lisa |

        I love it! I think I’ll create something similar for museum visits and other field trips we do 🙂

  3. Love it! I have 2 students traveling to Asia this month and i am sending this with them. Thank you

  4. This is awesome! Is there an online version of this? I want to start a travel journal for my 3 year old, where we document everywhere she’s been, what she did on the trip, etc…. Would be great to be able to add pics, videos, all trips listed separately so you can go through each one at any time. Do you know of any like that? Thanks.

    1. Dave, did you find anything for your 3 year old? I’m looking to start this for my two little ones…

      1. Hey Sue,
        After a lot of research, I settled on a journaling app called Day One. I bought it for my Mac and there’s also an iPhone app that goes along with it. It’s been great so far. I’ve entered her first Thanksgiving, x-mas, pony ride, when family comes to town, all the vacations we go on. It’s super cool. It did cost around $30, which is the only negative, as there are free journaling apps out there. But I figure it’s something I’ll use forever as long as I’m into it, so, I forked over for it. It gets great reviews when researching those apps. It also automatically backs up to their cloud so you don’t have to bother saving it anywhere. Pretty cool…


  5. We are taking a eastern state road trip starting in Niagara Falls to Maine to Boston, To New York to Philadelphia to Washington D.C. to West Virginia to Indianapolis but to our home in Michigan. This will be a great way for my boys to remember and write down all the amazing things and places they seen. Thank you for putting it out there for people to see and use!

    1. Sounds like an awesome trip! I have some posts on Maine, Boston, New York, Philly, DC and West Virginia if you need any other help when planning your trip.

  6. Charlotte - Little World Citizens

    Thanks for this awesome printable. I have been looking for a great travel journal for my son. This is it! Thanks again.

  7. These are great, thanks! We’ve traditionally made scrapbooks when we return from travels but I agree that having some kind of prompt is great for children, especially younger ones.

  8. Thank you for sharing! We are taking a road trip from FL to MN this summer with two 8 year olds and a 13 year old! I think this will be great for them!

  9. Thank you so much for the wonderful travel journal printables! These will come in so handy to help make the most of an upcoming family trip!

  10. I love these journals! My family of 5 is leaving in 2 weeks to visit France, Chad, and Kenya for 5 weeks. I’m printing these out to have my 10 and 6 year olds use on our travels. Thanks for sharing them!

  11. I was looking for something kind of simple to help my oldest (6) document his first big trip (not to grandparents). I think this will be absolutely perfect! I also like that we could work on it together, since his writing is still developing.
    Thank you for sharing!

  12. So cute! Just printed for our daughter. We are traveling to Zambia, Africa for a mission trip this summer and these are going to be great!

  13. Thanks Michelle, I consulted the expert, well my daughter at least, and she thought having the visual prompt would be fun and a fast way to get into journaling. Thanks for coming by and leaving me some feedback!

  14. Tonya {The Traveling Praters}

    I love these! I always made my kids journal about our trips when they were younger. Now they are older teens and young adults and they’ll sometimes journal on their own (if it’s somewhere really interesting). Your journal pages are great!

    1. Thanks Tanya! Mine is only 9 and she usually journals on her own but I notice she does a lot of drawing and simple statements so I got her to collaborate with me on creating these. Thanks for sharing and stopping by to comment!

    2. Thank you so much for sharing! I went everywhere looking for a nice journal for my children to record their trip and aren’t any nice ones for children.

  15. Keryn from Walking On Travels

    Wow! I love these. We will definitely be taking them on our next trip!

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