This is my 49th post!
In celebration, I want to share 49 travel journal prompts for kids to use on your vacations.
- What do you think the place will be like?
- What do you think the people will be like?
- What are you looking forward to the most?
- What do you know about where we’ll be visiting? (It’s history, climate, language)
- What’s your itinerary?
- How do you say:
- Thank you
- Excuse me
- Do you speak English?
- What are the popular sites that you keep hearing about?
- What is the landscape like?
- How is this different from home?
- How is it the same as home?
- What is the history of this place? Is it older or younger? How does the architecture give you the feeling of that history?
- Is it crowded?
Thoughts about a specific attractions/events/sites:
- Were there a lot of lines, what were they like?
- What do you think makes this place special?
- If your best friend was going to visit this city, would you recommend this attraction, event, site… why?
- Do you have something similar to this where you live? If not, what do you think is the closest thing to this site?
- What did you learn about this site?
- Draw it.
- What was the weather like? What did you have to do to prepare for the weather?
- Have you tried speaking the local language? What have you said? How do people respond?
- What kind of money is used here? What’s the exchange rate?
- Have you watched any television? What types of things have you seen on the commercials?
- What songs do you hear a lot (whether out and about or on your own mix that you brought with you)?
- Did you go to a playground? What equipment was different from back home?
- What did you wear today?
- Did you get any blisters?
- What did you eat for breakfast?
- What did you eat for lunch? How much did it cost?
- What is something on the menu that you’ve never seen before?
- What is something on the menu that is similar to back home?
- Have you visited a grocery store or farmer’s market? What did you think about the food selections? What was in season?
- How do you use the public transportation here? (Where do you buy the tickets, where do you validate the tickets, do you like to look up timetables?)
- Do you like the public transportation here?
Things to do while out and about:
- Draw what’s in front of you right now.
- Draw something you saw earlier today.
- Write down street signs.
- Keep a list of words you think are funny.
- Count the number of people who walk past you while you are sitting at this spot for exactly one minute and write it down.
- Borrow a camera for a few minutes, take a picture of: what’s above you, what’s below you, what’s in front of you, what’s behind you, what’s to the left, what’s to the right, and a self-portrait. Write down what you saw.
- Circle all the places on the map that you have visited.
- Send yourself a postcard.
- Write a haiku about something you’re doing right – now!
- Find a sticker or a small brochure and put it in your journal.
- How was this place like what you expected it to be?
- What things surprised you here?
- What do you want to do if you return?
Questions for the whole family: (I like to do these after a trip to get everyone’s feelings and keep a record of it in my travel journal.)
- What was your favorite meal and drink?
- What was one of the funniest moments on the trip?
- What was your favorite thing to do?
Download the list of prompts here.