A family holiday is often a huge part of our childhood memories. Whether it’s an overseas trip or something more local, whether in a plane, train, boat or car, time spent together as a family, sharing new and different experiences is both special and treasured.
There’s no doubt that our cameras get a big workout when on holidays! We snap away constantly, trying to capture all those precious moments so that we will be able to look back on them in years to come. But what about our kids? While we’re definitely including them in the process of making memories, we’re not giving them the opportunity to create a record for themselves of their own experiences while on holidays.
Travel journals are a great way to encourage and motivate kids to reflect on what they have seen and done while on holidays. More than that though – they are FUN!! In fact, the process can even start before you leave, by getting them involved in the planning! By having a holiday countdown, a packing list and some ideas of what they might like to see and do, children can feel like they are part of the lead up to the trip which will also build their excitement.
Your child’s travel journal can be as simple or as intricate as you (or they!) like and of course suited to their individual abilities – quite basic for younger children and more detailed for older kids and teens. Younger kids will obviously need a bit more parental involvement, whereas older kids will be able to have loads of fun with it on their own.