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Memory Keeping Monday

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Here’s a great travel journal idea.

A few years ago there was an end-of-the-year internet meme about the cities we slept in the previous year. I liked the idea and that has become part of my end year-end tradition.

When my son was born, I wanted to get a bit more specific. On my pre-baby trips I kept trip journals and sometimes a separate notebook to attach tickets, receipts and such. After a few trips with him, I realized my travel recording was going to change. I no longer had the time to lounge at a cafe and write about my thoughts and feelings while on vacation. Still, I wanted to do something.

In place of something more detailed, I stuck to the basics and have a journal where I write where we sleep. After a trip, I just write the name of the hotel, room number and dates. If we are on a plane overnight, then I write the flight information. When I feel up to it, I add day trips we took. This will help jog our memories when we stay at one place for an extended period of time.

Simple solution!

If the kids are ever interested in our travels before their memories start, they have it to look at. I plan to do some other things with this information and will share it here when I do.

So this is one of the simpler ways to document trips. Starting next Monday, Travel Turtle’s Memory Keeping Monday will take a closer look at what to do for more detailed record keeping using the hundreds and thousands of pictures taken on single trips. It’s part of a three part series.

Have you found memory keeping on trips difficult since having kids?


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  1. Lisa Swift says:

    This is such a great idea!

  2. Very cool idea! And love the idea of Memory Keeping Monday! I think my blog is probably the best way for me to store our ‘memories’!

  3. I like that you are making it a priority to keep track of your travels for your kids to reference in the future. I too keep track in a journal, but it’s quite a mess! I look forward to checking out your Memory Keeping Monday!

  4. Great idea! I have to admit that while I have made sure that my kids kept a travel journal from the time that they were able to form letters I have never done it myself. I do take a lot of photos on trips and now I blog about our travels so I guess that’s my form of memory keeping.

    • A blog is a great way to keep memories though. I know for me, it’s faster to type than write. Plus you can access it anywhere you have a connection and anyone who has a connection can access it, too! And your kids are so lucky that you made sure they kept a travel journal. Best souvenir ever.

  5. I blog about many of our trips, take a ton of photos, save ticket stubs, brochures and turn them into scrap books. I also have notebooks full of notes scratched here and there, but they aren’t very organized. Looking forward to your series to see how you keep track of your memories from the road.

  6. I still keep a journal which helps recall and record and of course, I blog. That, plus my journal – I prefer those with pockets so I keep ticket stubs, receipts, brochures, anything I pick up during my travels — and photos usually provide a good way of keeping track.

  7. What a great idea!! I blog to keep up with all our travels, but even that is getting hard to do right after a trip. I like the “old-fashioned” method of just writing it down!

    Thanks for linking up with us!

  8. I take hundreds of photos each trip, and looking back at them is the easiest way to jog my memory of what we did. (I guess I should definitely read your next post.) My kids have better memories than I do and can recall details that I have long forgotten. I really like your idea of recording where you slept. It’s accurate but easy.


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