Last year for our long stay in the Netherlands, I created a travel journal for Froggy. I had maps to show where we’d be traveling, a place to collect post cards or other memories, a sheet for addresses, etc. Most of that, I have to admit, we did not use!
But I am happy to say that we were pretty good about filling in our daily travel journal. Okay, oftentimes, it took a lot of prompting by me. And I ended up doing a lot of the writing. But he was only 7, and he was pretty tired by the end of the day!
I asked Froggy if he wanted to do it again this year, and he said yes! So I printed out just the daily journal part – one copy for each day we’ll be away. He loves to check out the weather, so I imagine he will at least be diligent about recording that! Hopefully, now that he is more comfortable with writing, he will fill in the whole thing by himself. Time will tell….
The page includes a place to record the general weather plus high and low temperatures. Then there is a kind of heading to record the main destination for the day. He can record how he felt and what he saw, and then describe the best part of the day. Of course, he has to record what he ate! And then a little extra space for something else – what surprised him, what was funny, what he liked or didn’t like? Oh, and of course, it’s all in German!
You can download the PDF for FREE here: Tagebuch GitA
We’re gearing up for our next summer trip. This is the big one! We’re going to the Netherlands and Germany for a whole month!!
I never even completely unpacked from our trip to Oregon! Well, of course, we pulled out the packing cubes and did all the laundry! But the suitcases are still in the family room. (That’s another good things about the packing cubes: we don’t have to pack the suitcases upstairs and then lug them all the way downstairs!)
Now, when I get ready for a trip, I don’t just make packing lists of clothes and toiletries. Part of having great travelers is great preparation and having a diversity of activities to keep the boys occupied (more on that later). I also like to plan a little for while we are away.
For this trip, I wanted to create a travel journal. There are a number of components to it that I’m working on (thank you, Pinterest, for the inspiration!). But I wanted to share the most important part right away: the daily journal! I love the way it came out! I kept it black-and-white, since we’ll need about 30 copies of it (one for each day we’re away). It’s really meant for Froggy (age 7), but I think I’ll try it with Hippo (age 4), too. There is a place to record the weather (including high and low temperatures), how he felt, what we did, what we saw, the best part of the day, what he ate, and something extra.
I left a margin on the left, so you can punch holes and put it in a folder or binder. I can’t wait to see how it works out! I hope Froggy is as excited about it as I am 🙂 I’m curious to see how much he can do in German. And how much writing he’ll be able to do. Well, really, I’m hoping we really do it every day!! Daumen drücken!
Here is where you can download the PDF: Tagebuch 2017 GitA
Let me know how it goes for you!