10 layouts to switch your journal to vacations mode
Summer’s here for good! For a lot of us, it means summer break, travels and new adventures. Maybe you intend to pack your bullet journal and take it with you to plan and document your vacations… And that’s a great idea. Turning a bullet journal into a travel journal doesn’t take much. As I was looking for some inspiration myself, I’ve made a selection of my 10 favourites bullet journal spreads for travels and lazy holidays.
Fasten your seat belt and get ready for take off!
[This selection is travel oriented but a lot of layouts can be twisted to fit your needs if you’re planning a staycation]
Day by day timeline
I love this daily log in form of a timeline! That’s such a good idea to keep track of what you’ve done during your holidays. These timelines are a super simple way to get a clear overview of your itinerary, hour per hour. I honestly wish I had this idea a long time ago!
Super simple monthly log
The bullet journal system allows any adjustments to fit your needs. If you’re on holidays, you may want to simplify your monthly log as much as possible. You can just keep a calendar for events and birthdays for instance, and create a “one line a day” spread as a monthly memory log.
Minimal packing list
Having a packing list is a must if you want to make sure you’ve got everything you need to enjoy your vacations when you leave your place. This super minimal packing list focuses on essentials. To travel far, travel light!
Using passport stamps in your bullet journal is a super smart way to bring your journal to life within seconds (and zero drawing skills). You can also mix and match with doodles, tickets and pics or journaling. In any case, these passport stamps make great and cheap souvenirs!
Daily memories log
You don’t have to make a revolution in your bullet journal to make it fit your needs during your vacations. Turning your bullet journal in a travel journal can be as simple as keeping your usual weekly layout and log memories instead of tasks and appointments.
That’s also a great opportunity to practice doodling and lettering.
Super detailed master packing list
Use a super detailed packing list to get ready for the big departure. You can sort out the items you need to pack by category (clothes, toiletries…) or by people if you’re packing for more than one. If you create columns like on this layout, you’ll even be able to use your master packing more than once, and save you a lot of time and efforts!
Travel overview with a map
Even though I’m a planning addict in my everyday life, I like to chill a bit when on vacations. So when I’m travelling, I usually just have a rough idea of my final itinerary before I jump on the plane / train / car. Having a mini map with an overview of your itinerary allows you to plan a bit, but leaves opportunities for nice surprises and changes of mind along the way.
Itinerary & travel dashboard
This dashboard is just what you need if you’re planning a 3-4 days getaway. On the left page, the detailed itinerary with flights and accommodation infos. On the right page, a list of things to do, and some restaurants to try. Last but certainly not least, a mini weather forecast calendar at the bottom of the double spread.
Staycation bucket list
This is the perfect collection if you have some time off but don’t get the opportunity to get away. Use your bullet journal to list the places you’d like to see in your country or city. You can think of museums, parks, or hikes you’d like to try. You can also add the restaurants & cafés you want to pay a visit to!
Monthly memory log
Just like turining your weekly log into a travel journal, you can also use a boxed calendar as a monthly memory log. Take some time each day to write down some words that reflect the highlights of your day. And watch your monthly spread become a super simple yet inspiring memory log.
Bonus for pre-printed planner owners
Maybe you don’t have a bullet journal or don’t want to start a travel journal… And that’s fine! You can also use your regular, pre-printed planner to log memories and document your summer adventures. Using your regular planner is perfect if you want to have everything in one place. Here’s how the Passion Planner team uses the regular weekly layout as a travel/holidays journal.