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Make a Travel Journal on your Outdoor Adventure travels

Jotting down memories, drawing sketches, and taking photos of your travels are great ways to document your vacation. But with a Travel Journal, you can do more – keep experiences alive in written stories and capture fav moments in vivid colors! Learn how to start your own travel journal and make the most of your outdoor adventure travel memories.

A backpacker sitting on a sloping mountain summit, taking notes and making journal entries in her travel log. With snow capped mountains in the background, the view is breathtaking and sketch worthy for her travel notebook.

What you’ll need to start with, in your Travel Journal app

Before you get started, make sure you have all the tools necessary for creating your travel journal.


  • Learn about the features of the Routespunkt Hiking Grid Diary, documented in this website

  • Make sure you have an active subscription plan (if you’re a new user, do avail of the no-obligation app trial) - to use the colorful maps and colored canvas background – for illustrating your memorable adventure stories

  • You’d want your travel story articles to be available many years from now. Choose to save your articles in your iCloud drive, to be independent of your current mobile device. If you prefer using a single device, saving to a device-local folder is possible

  • Writing your travel story is a great experience on an iPad - write in your own handwriting on the app’s canvases, using an Apple Pencil. If you’re on an ultralight backpacking trip, you might prefer your iPhone


Once you’ve gathered everything you need, you’re good to go!

To have a good writing experience, be seated comfortably when you're writing your article.


Jot down bullet points when you're taking breaks in the hiking day. Expand these when you're at your camp site in the evening or night.

Create Map Snaps in your app

Adding map snaps of - your place of travel, the route taken to reach base camp, and nearby POIs to visit - are a great way to visually portray where you’ve been.


Add variations to the map displayed – change the map style, change the color or width of route on the Waypoints map. Take a few snaps of the map at various zoom levels - highlight the POIs around, show the route taken to reach from bus or train station to base camp, and from home to the base camp site.


Search to add annotations on the Waypoints map. Tap to select an annotation and show its details. These too help you highlight your places of visit.

5 kids with various hair styles are sitting on the grass, enjoying sandwiches at the end of a busy camping day. A thick forest can be seen far out in the background. The evening sun is casting long shadows on the ground.

Add ticket stubs and fav pics to narrate your Outdoor Adventure Story

Tucking pics of special ticket stubs and fav photos of POIs visited, during your outdoor adventure, into your travel journal is a great way to remember unique experiences you’ve had. Take pictures of the actual tickets of parks/ local train/ bus from spots you’ve visited, and pamphlets of POIs in your journey (favorite restaurants, breathtaking hiking trails, etc.) that capture the moment in time when they happened.


Include captions with the photos or tickets so you can look back easily and narrate stories now and in the years to come.

Layout thick border Picture Frames on the Photo Collage Canvas of your Travel Journal app

Get creative with your travel journal by adding visual layout to your page with map snaps and photos. Create a memorable photo collage of the places you’ve been - take photos from each part of your journey and pin them onto the page of your journal.


Add colored collage picture frames, with a configured border width around the Map snaps and Photos.

Drag to layout these picture frames, to recreate the adventure moments in the Moments Canvas page in the app.

This will make for an exciting and visually appealing entry!


Get creative: Write on Photos and Map Snaps, in the Intelligent Shapes PDF Canvas

Send the photos and map snaps, as a background, from the Moments Canvas to the Intelligent Shapes PDF Canvas.


Here you can draw arrows and trail paths in freehand. Draw and pause, to get a magical smooth stroke. Draw a heart on your favorite POI!


Write on, or write across photos and map snaps. Add a one liner to each pic. Or, choose the Fountain pen tool and describe at length - the best moments of your trip - in Calligraphy.

A view of jagged mountains with green overgrowth surrounding the sea. A touring boat can be seen speeding in the sea. The deep blue sky is partly hidden with dense snow white clouds crowding the distant horizon.

Record Feelings, Memories, and Thoughts Over Time

Travelling not only is an experience, but also induces emotional changes within us - this should be documented in your journals. Make space to record reflections and personal responses to the places you’ve been. Write about how the place made you feel and what it reminded you of. Record memories that you would love to reminisce later - like lively conversations with local folks, or scenic viewpoints you saw on your trip.


This will give your journal a very personal touch!

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