Another way I saved some space in my journal was to use collage photos. This way I was able to fit up to 4 pictures on one page. Just remember not to try to fit too many photos in one collage. I made some with 5-7 photos that looked good on my computer screen, but were itty bitty when printed at 4"x6"!
I used small glassine pockets to hold little mementos from my trip. The pamphlet from the Anchorage Museum had photos of all the art pieces on display. I cut out a few of my favorites and tucked them in one of these pockets. I added hole reinforcement stickers for both function and aesthetic reasons.
A few extra random pages in my journal.
This is the last page in my journal - an envelope labeled "Post Trip Thoughts". I will be sending an index card to each member of my family who went with me to write down their thoughts on the trip - favorite memories, how it compared to what they expected, basically anything that stood out to them. I like the idea of having them write down their thoughts in their own handwriting.
That's it! If you are thinking of putting together a travel journal of your own, I totally encourage you to do so! Here are a few tips based on my own experience:
- Put an envelope in your purse or backpack to keep all of the bits and pieces you pick up during your trip - maps, pamphlets, ticket stubs, receipts, and such. When it's time to make your journal all you have to do is take out this envelope rather than dig through your purse, store bags, suitcase, etc. Plus your paper is less likely to get bent or ripped.
- Keep little notes during your trip. If you're like me you'll start forgetting things within a few days of returning home. "What day did we go to the museum?" "What was the name of that restaurant we ate at?" I jotted down the places we went at the end of each day and definitely referenced it a few times when putting together my journal.
- Start on your journal ASAP! The memories will be fresh and you'll remember more of the details, especially if you don't write down anything during your trip.
- Focus on what is important to you. You don't have to organize your journal by day. If your trip centered around food document each of the restaurants, what you ordered, and how it tasted. Try to include menus, drink coasters, and snapshots of your plate. If your trip centered around visiting family devote a page to each family member. Include funny quotes, tickets from events you attended together, and candid shots of your family.