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16 Irresistible Travel Writing Prompts

Discover Travel Writing Prompts to Transport You Around the World — Embarking on a journey with pen and paper can be a therapeutic escape, allowing the mind to wander and the soul to breathe.

Travel Writing Promtps

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This brand-new list of travel-themed writing ideas is perfect for students, individuals, or anyone who simply LOVES to travel and write about it.

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Journaling and Writing about Travel (Real or Imagined!)

Journaling, especially about travel, has the power to shift your perspective, lift your mood, and immerse you into dazzling new experiences. 


For those seeking travel writing inspiration, these travel writing prompts are the passport to unlocking creativity and venturing into uncharted literary territories. 


Of course, we live in a fast-paced world and the simple act of journaling is like hitting the pause button, allowing writers to reflect, dream, and explore their inner worlds. 

That’s why…

These travel journal prompts are designed not just to fill blank pages but to ignite a spark of curiosity, pushing (student) writers beyond their comfort zones and encouraging them to embrace new perspectives. 

Ok, without further ado, here are those irresistible travel journal prompts to help your pen take flight.

16 Travel Journal Prompts

Let your pen take flight with these fun, new travel journal prompts. Enjoy!

  1. If you could embark on an adventure anywhere in the world, where would you go, and what thrilling experiences would you seek?
  2. Imagine being a local in a new place. What insider tips would you share with fellow travelers about the hidden gems and must-try dishes?
  3. Imagine you had a travel diary time machine that could transport you to a significant moment from your past travels. Where would you go? What emotions and memories does this particular destination evoke?
  4. Create your dream itinerary for the ultimate vacation. Include destinations, activities, and the people you’d want to share these moments with.
  5. Write about a time when a chance encounter with a stranger during your travels left a lasting impact on you.
  6. Turn your packing list into a poem, incorporating the items you’d carry and the emotions associated with each.
  7. Compile a list of songs that would be the soundtrack of your next epic road trip. Maybe even write your own song. Give it a try!
  8. Pick a souvenir from your collection and write about its origin, the memories attached, and why it holds a special place in your heart.
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  9. Traveling for the holidays? Pick up and write a postcard to your future self, detailing your current aspirations, dreams, and the adventures you hope to embark on.
  10. When was the last time you visited a new place you’d never been to before? Write a journal entry detailing your first impressions, expectations, and surprises.
  11. Get a scrapbook, glue stick, ticket stubs, photo prints, stickers, pencils, brochures you may have picked up, and markers, and create a creative entry about your holiday travels.
  12. Not in the mood to write? Look out of your window when you’re on holiday and sketch the landscapes you see.
  13. Make a list of three places in the USA you’d like to visit in the next year or on your next vacation and what you’d like to do there.
  14. If you could spend a month traveling around Europe, where would you go, what would be on your list of things to see, and who would you take?
  15. Do you like to try new foods when you travel? If so, what’s been an interesting dish you’ve sampled?
  16. Write travel stories recounting the worst thing that’s happened to you on vacation, some insights you’ve learned along the way, and pre-trip disasters that were avoided.

I hope you enjoyed these travel writing prompts. 

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Inspiration for a Travel Lesson Plan + Bonus List of Travel Writing Prompts for Students

Use this outline as a lesson plan to teach your kids about our wonderful world. Whether your students are taking a trip or imagining one, make sure they have loads of fun exploring the joys of learning and writing about travel.

Before the trip:

  • Research: Choose a destination and research its culture, history, and geography.
  • Packing: Create a packing list and write about the items you are most excited to bring.
  • Anticipation: Describe your feelings about the upcoming trip and what you hope to experience.

During the trip:

  • First impressions: Write about your initial impressions of the place you are visiting.
  • Sensory details: Describe what you see, hear, smell, taste, and touch.
  • Interactions with people: Write about the people you meet and their stories.
  • Favorite experiences: Describe your favorite moments from the trip so far.
  • Challenges: Write about any challenges you have faced and how you have overcome them.
  • Learning experiences: Reflect on what you have learned about yourself and the world during your travels.

After the trip:

  • Memories: Write about your most cherished memories from the trip.
  • Reflections: Reflect on the overall experience and what it has meant to you.
  • Recommendations: Write a travel guide for other young people who might visit the same place.
  • Creative expression: Create a poem, song, or drawing inspired by your travels.
  • Gratitude: Express your gratitude for the opportunity to travel and experience new things.

Here are some additional prompts to get you started:

  1. Describe a place that took your breath away.
  2. Write about a time when you got lost and found your way back.
  3. Share a funny or embarrassing moment from your travels.
  4. Tell the story of a kind stranger you met on your trip.
  5. Describe a dish you tried that you loved or hated.
  6. Write about a cultural experience that you found fascinating.
  7. Compare and contrast your home culture to the culture of the place you visited.
  8. What is one thing you will always remember about your trip?

Oh yeah. What fun it is to explore the wonderful world of travel!

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A Few Closing Thoughts on Travel Writing

Writing, especially when it involves the recounting of adventures and reflections on new places you visit, can take you back and transform your mood. 

As you pen your travel memories, you not only create a roadmap of your adventures but also curate a collection of moments that have the potential to be a pick-me-up to better your mood and give way to a more positive outlook on life.

Remember, there are no rules when it comes to keeping a travel journal. The most important thing is to have fun and express yourself creatively.

What are you waiting for? Get your notebook and let your mind wander the world with these travel journal prompts. 

Until next time, happy travel writing!

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