DIY Travel Diary

DIY Travel Diary - Chelsey Crafts

“Traveling – It leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller” – Ibn Battuta

Whether traveling near or far it is always nice to have something tangible to capture those memorable moments from your travels. Enter the travel diary.

With trips to Tasmania, Queensland and Waikiki earlier this year and a big trip planned to Dubai, Orlando, Miami, NYC and Lebanon in just over a month, this year is one of my biggest years of travel. And what better way to cherish one of the biggest years of my life than with a DIY keepsake?

Whether it’s to remember a favourite bar or cafe, to jot down a memorable encounter or for a place to keep concert/plane/broadway tickets, this cute little DIY souvenir will hopefully capture the best parts of my trip..and will look great on my coffee table or on my bookcase next to all of my Lonely Planet books in years to come!

– 1 diary
– 1 map (I used map wrapping paper from my local newsagent)
– Glue
– Scissors
– Pen or pencil
– A ruler (or book to smooth out bubbles)


Place diary on map and use pencil to mark 2cm around edges as a cutting guide. Cut map to size as per pencilled markings.

Coat an even layer of glue to the underside of the map paper then immediately wrap diary in map paper. 

Smooth out any bubbles using a ruler.
I couldn’t find a ruler so I used the spine of another book.

Before gluing down edges, cut out space above and below the dairy’s spine.
Then cut out a square from each corner.

Fold and glue down the edges on the top and bottom of the diary.

Fold and glue down the remaining edges on each side of the diary.

Allow to dry.

Personalise it
– Add lettering to the spine to make it easy to spot on the bookcase. Think “New York City”, “Spain”, “Australia” or “Girls Trip 2016”. Whatever rings true to you.
– Stick a polaroid to the front cover of you and your travel buddy.
– Have your travel buddies or friends you meet along the way write a message on the cover or on a designated page.

How I will be using my DIY Travel Diary
– Are cover pages corny? I don’t care. I’ll spend some quality flight time decorating the first page with a polaroid from our travels, a list of the countries we’re travelling to and some squiggles.
– I’m all about keeping things clear and simple so I’ll divide the book into countries.
– I’ll carry double sided tape to stick in flat souvenirs like photos, maps and tickets from flights and shows.
– I’ll label the spine with 2016 so I can spot this baby on my bookcase and remember The Year of Travel.

Happy travels and happy journalling! x

I’d love to see your DIY Travel Diary! Use the hashtag #chelseycrafts on Instagram or post in the comments form below.

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  1. I’m jealous that you’ve got to travel so much! A travel diary is such a nice idea to remember each place, and the things you encountered and did. I would want to make one too but I haven’t been to enough places. I like how you added the map as a book cover, that’s a cool touch.

    ~Andrea Tiffany~

  2. I would totally buy one of these! I always save maps and use them to wrap gifts for friends. A friend Queen Viv found the Rome map that we wrapped her gift in so useful as it was a very detailed one and much better than the tourist map she was given. It’s great to recycle!

    1. How exciting Deborah! I’ll be there soon too 🙂 I hope you have the best adventure..and yes! Would be nice to try keeping some memories from your trip.

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