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11 Travel Journals for Your Unique Travel Style | 2020 UPDATE
Traveling has been part of the human experience since the dawn of time. In 2020 more people than ever (at least in recent history) are enjoying nomadic life. Having a travel journal to suit your specific travel style is essential for documenting the journey.
Today we’re sharing the best of the best! These featured travel journals are split into categories. Whether you do international travel, hiking trails, RV travel, beer tours, and more…we’ll have the right travel journal for you!
We’ll include price, features, links and page count for all the journals. Additionally, each will have a unique “Travel Journal Vibes” score for easy head-to-head comparison!
Let’s dive in!
Minimalistic Travel Journals
We’re starting with the most basic journals. These are either blank or lined pages, allowing the writer full creative control! We’ve used many of these and enjoy the freedom of a blank page, but also can feel intimated to make the first mark.
1. Moleskine Classic Notebook
- Price: $13
- Size: 5″ x 8.25″
- Number of Pages: 240
Why You’ll Love It: This is the “gold standard” of minimalistic journals. They have hard covers, high quality pages (good for using both sides) and easy to carry. If you’re brave enough to tackle the blank page, we highly recommend the Moleskine Classic.
What’s The Word: W. Edwards on Amazon says, “Yes, these are insanely hyped. Yes, many people speak of these in terms of love poetry. But they are a great notebook, and having used them for years an amassed a small library of collected journaling, I like these best.”
Amazon Link: https://amzn.to/2qL4OjV
Travel Journal Vibes: 9.4/10 The most amazingly basic journal!
2. Twone Soft Cover Spiral
- Price: $13
- Size: 5″ x 8.25″
- Number of Pages: 100
Why You’ll Love It: The Twone soft cover spiral journal is a great “blank page” option. We like the spiral bound functionality. While spiral bound journals don’t stand up to wear & tear as well as hard covers, they do make journaling a lot easier.
What’s The Word: Gina on Amazon says, “I am very pleased with these notebooks. I bought them for my children to use as nature journals. Their size is perfect to throw into a back pack of tote bag. The covers are durable enough, and the pages inside are of a nice thickness that markers do not bleed through.”
Amazon Link: https://amzn.to/2Pq8CRI
Travel Journal Vibes: 7.3/10 Great choice, not as many pages.
3. Keegood A5 Classic
- Price: $11
- Size: 5.8″ x 8.5″
- Number of Pages: 192
Why You’ll Love It: The pages may be blank, but the cover gives it extra spice! Even though it has a hard cover, it can lay flat for easier writing. The pages are thicker than most of the “blank page” journals.
What’s The Word: A recent reviewer on amazon says, “Really good quality journal. Paper is nice and thick (perfect for use with a fountain pen), and the binding is strong. Nice touch of including a ruler and page tabs in the back cover pocket of the journal.”
Amazon Link: https://amzn.to/31ObUki
Travel Journal Vibes: 8.3/10 Quality build & fun cover
4. Field Notes National Park Edition
- Price: $15 (pack of 3)
- Size: 3.5 x 5.5
- Number of Pages: 192 pages in each journal
Why You’ll Love It: These small journals are perfect for travelers with a passion for National Parks. The super small journal will fit easily in your back pocket or backpack. The covers are beautifully designed, too!
What’s The Word: Jennifer on Amazon says, “Quality paper, beautiful covers”
Amazon Link: https://amzn.to/2Wg5RDZ
Travel Journal Vibes: 10/10 We love National Parks! These are great for personal use and unique gifts.
Hiking Journals for Travelers
Whether you’re a through-hiker or a weekend outdoor adventurer, these hiking journals will help you document and remember the most amazing trails!
5. Happy Eden Hiking Log Book
- Price: $7
- Size: 6″ x 9″
- Number of Pages: 102
Why You’ll Love It: This hiking journal gives you important sections to fill in like state, trail name, terrain, elevation, cell reception and facilities. There are also blank, lined pages for additional notes you may have.
What’s The Word: Rachel on Amazon says, “I like that on the left side page there’s guided notes and questions where you could circle words or jot something down and then on the right side lines for free journaling.”
Amazon Link: https://amzn.to/2WhMafc
Travel Journal Vibes: 8.7/10 Great starting point for entry to medium level hikers.
6. Letterfolk Hike Passport Journal
- Price: $10
- Size: 3.5″ W x 5.5″ H
- Number of Pages: 48
Why You’ll Love It: This pocket sized hiking journal dives deeper into the hiking experience. In addition to trail info, it also has sections about flora & fauna seen on each hike.
What’s The Word: Megan on Amazon says, “This is a great journal! I love the prompts and pages for notes. Very fast shipping too! Can’t wait to use this, I will definitely purchase again once I fill this one up!”
Amazon Link: https://amzn.to/2BHccPB
Travel Journal Vibes: 8.3/10 Very small, meaning good to take along on your hike!
Camping & RV Journals
We’re avid campers. However, it’s super easy to forget the details of all the campgrounds we’ve visited. These camping & RV journals are perfect for documenting our favorite campsites.
7. The Ultimate RV Logbook
- Price: $10
- Size: 7.4 x 9.7 inches
- Number of Pages: 120
Why You’ll Love It: The prompts in this logbook are amazing. They have all the basic campground info, but also prompts like cancelation notes, ease of parking, nearby restaurants and cellular connectivity.
What’s The Word: Linda on Amazon says, “They thought of everything this in this book! It’s a perfect way to have everything in one place and remember the campsites you’d like to visit again (and those you don’t). I’d definitely recommend it.”
Amazon Link: https://amzn.to/2MLPFY2
Travel Journal Vibes: 8.7/10 Nice size and great detailed entries.
8. Camping Journal & RV Travel Logbook
- Price: $13
- Size: 7″ x 10″
- Number of Pages: 160
Why You’ll Love It: This camping journal has great prompts (it even has a prompt for “friends you met” at the campground), but it also has a lot more space for personal notes. If you don’t need as many prompts, you’ll like the extra space for free form writing.
What’s The Word: Dawn on Amazon says, “Love the format of this book. Cover artwork is nice and it is big enough to get a thorough summary of each adventure without wasting too much space for those that are more concise.”
Amazon Link: https://amzn.to/2BHobN4
International Travel Journals
If you or a loved one has a passion for international travel, one of these journals will be perfect for documenting the experience. They are great for a single overseas trip or an extended backpacking journey.
9. En Route: A Journal
- Price: $13
- Size: 5″ x 7″
- Number of Pages: 144
Why You’ll Love It: This full color travel journal is great for documenting a single overseas trip. Since its focus is on quality & design, it’s not as functional for an extended journey. However, it’s the perfect companion gift for a European vacation.
What’s The Word: RD on Amazon says, “I purchased this as a gift, but will have to get another one for myself, because it is SO GREAT! There is such a variety of topics and organized ways to record information and experiences. And above all, the illustrations and tidbits of information throughout are what really sell this journal.”
Amazon Link: https://amzn.to/343zg7e
Travel Journal Vibes: 10/10 Ideal travel journal for someones first trip overseas!
10. I Was Here – Travel Journal
- Price: $11
- Size: 4.8” x 8.5″
- Number of Pages: 128
Why You’ll Love It: This travel journal is less about documenting the cold-hard-fact and more about remembering the nuances of your travels. The full color pages and illustrations give it an awesome look!
What’s The Word: This Amazon review from Emily will give you a better understanding of how the journal works. She says, “This wasn’t quite what I was hoping for. I wanted a guided travel journal, but instead of writing prompts, it has activities that you can do while traveling. There is a small section in the back where you can document the weather, what you did, saw, and ate that day.”
Amazon Link: https://amzn.to/32PEtiR
Travel Journal Vibes: 7.9/10 Not for everyone, but very creative!
Beer Tour Journals
There’s no doubt that craft beer tours are becoming more popular! However, remembers all the beers you’ve tried can be quite challenging. Use this beer-specific journal for you next craft tour.
11. The Beer Review Logbook
- Price: $9
- Size: 4-1/4” wide x 5-3/4” high
- Number of Pages: 144
Why You’ll Love It: This compact, hard covered beer journal can handle the harsh environment of the bar! It’s full of beer-specific prompts to guide you though proper documentation. Best of all, a week later you’ll be able to remember your new favorite craft beer.
What’s The Word: David on Amazon says, “If you’re like me and drink enough to hold down a job, you will love the book almost as much as I love drinking 6 beers at breakfast. I took the book to San Diego and visited 10+ breweries, and drank over 30 beers in 4 days. I captured all the flights, pints and micro brew info: aroma, tastes, clarity, finish, ABV, Brewer and final thoughts. The only thing missing is the IBUs but it’s easy to write in so long as your hand and vision are steady. ”
Amazon Link: https://amzn.to/2ojVNgO
Travel Journal Vibes: 10/10 Beautiful, functional, and subtle!
Digital Travel Journals
Even though we’re advocates for physical journals, we understand that sometimes its easier to use your nearest electronic device. Whether you have a smart phone, tablet or laptop, these digital travel journals can be very useful.
- Day One: works with most operating systems and is simple to use.
- Journey: available on all operating systems and has web based usage as well – easy to sync between devices.
- Grid Diary: Apple only, but easy to use prompts.
- Five Minute Journal: focuses on quick & easy daily journaling.