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A Complete Beginner's Guide to Travel Journaling

teacher avatar Michelle Tabares, Cartoonist, Designer and Illustrator

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Lessons in This Class

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    • 2.

      What is a Travel Journal?


    • 3.

      Examples of Travel Journals


    • 4.

      Selecting Your Journal and Packing Your Supplies


    • 5.

      Supplies to Reconsider


    • 6.

      When to Work on Your Journal While Traveling


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    • 9.

      Collecting Memorabilia


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    • 11.

      Drawings and Comics


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    • 14.

      Closing Thoughts


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About This Class

Travel journaling is a fun, unique and deeply personal form of creatively chronicling your travels, usually in a book or diary format. A travel diary can engage and give readers a deeper understanding of your mindset during a travel experience that looking at photos alone just can't accomplish.

In this course I will help you with gathering your art supplies (along with some suggestions on supplies that you should leave at home), coming up with interesting travelogue ideas, finding time to record your thoughts and ideas while on the go and how to utilize a combination of photography, writing and drawing (and more!) to personalize your travels and help you remember them forever.

If you have a special trip coming up or even just want to commemorate a previous trip that was meaningful to you, this class is perfect for you!

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Michelle Tabares

Cartoonist, Designer and Illustrator

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1. Introduction: Hi, my name is Michelle Tabares. I'm a cartoonist, illustrator and traveler. While I'd normally tell you that I'm based in Sydney, Florida, at this very moment in time I'm actually in Central Europe, Prague to be specific. Travel is a great passion of mine, I believe that it is something that can enrich us as humans and also help us grow and move forward creatively as artists as well. Travel is something that helps give us a better understanding of the world around us and also at times about ourselves too. Maybe you're the person that likes to travel while you're on your trips or write about your experiences, maybe you enjoy collecting little mementos like business cards, ticket stubs, different scraps of paper from your travels and places that you've been to, or maybe you just enjoy taking photos. For me personally, I think one of the most enriching and rewarding ways to catalog my travels and to help commit them to memory is through the art of travel journaling. Travel journaling is great because it allows you to have the freedom to express your travels at whatever creative way you like, so it doesn't matter if you like to draw or write or take photos, or even just collect various objects. In this class, I'm going to take all these different forms of self-expression such as photography, illustration, writing, and collage to help you create a special art book, and this can be especially helpful if you're anything like me and can be a hoarder, I've definitely come home with bags full of all kinds of memorabilia from various trips and not known what to do with it, so if you're that type of traveler this is definitely a great way to take all that memorabilia and put it in one place so that you can really cherish it. Travel journals are also a great way to share your experiences with loved ones in a way that is more personal than just showing them photographs, and I think this is because it can give other people a glimpse inside your head and show them what you're really thinking and feeling and not just what you're seeing while you're on the trip. If you're somebody who is creative and also loves to travel this is an excellent class for you to help make your next trip or even a previous trip that you've already taken more memorable and special. In this lesson, I'll help you with everything down to collecting various objects, gathering your supplies, taking photos, writing, and then of course finally assembling your final product or book, so this is a class that I'm really excited to teach and I hope that we can learn a lot together. Whenever you're ready, let's go ahead and get started and start some travel journaling together. 2. What is a Travel Journal?: Hi and welcome back. In this video, I want to briefly answer the question, what is a travel journal? A travel journal is a documentation of a specific trip or vacation. Travel journals are usually made up of multiple pages and held together in a book format, although you can veer away from that if you want to. Travel journals often contain feelings, thoughts, lessons learned, and memorable moments acquired throughout trip. That's one of the things that I think is so great about travel journals. Because things like feelings, thoughts, lessons learned, and memorable moments, aren't tangible. Through travel journaling, you can take intangible concepts like feelings, thoughts, lessons, and memories, and make them physical and tangible, something that you can touch, look at and present to others. Now let's take a moment to explore what exactly is in a travel journal and how are they made? Given the highly personal nature of the travel journal, this allows for a lot of room for creativity. This also means that you can blend a variety of different mediums into your journal. Travel journals can be made up of writing, poetry, illustration, map making, photography, bookbinding, and collage. That's just to start off with. On this slide, I have a travel journal made from a trip to Japan by Kam of Campfire Chic, and I've listed the website if you want to visit her. Within just two spreads, we can see a variety of different creative mediums being utilized here. There's photography, there's a use of scrap booking and typography and of course, collage, which she uses to blend all of these elements together. One of the things that I especially love about travel journaling, is that everyone has their own unique and distinctive style. Since everyone has different artistic tastes and different mediums that they like to work in. While I'm showing you just one example here by one person in the next video, I'm going to show you three more travel journalists that have completely different, yet equally interesting and unique styles so that you can see firsthand that your travel journal can be as unique as you are. Without further ado, whenever you're ready let's head on over to the next video so I can show you some of my favorite travel journalists and what you can take away from their varying styles. 3. Examples of Travel Journals: Welcome back. In this video, we're going to explore three unique travel journalists. The aim of this video is to show you how you can utilize totally different styles and art forums to be as unique and creative as you want with your travel journal and that there truly is no right or wrong way since each of these three artists that I'm about to show you are going to have completely different styles of travel journaling. Let's start off with one of my favorites and the first travel journalist that I began to follow Jose Naranja. Jose Naranja frequently uses crow quill tipped pens and often decorates his pages with detailed drawings, local postage stamps from the places the he visits, and beautiful papers. He has a tendency to write a great deal in his journals, and this is highlighted by his unique calligraphic writing style. Because of the specific tools that he uses, he's able to get a lot of detail into his work, which I think is especially noticeable in the tiny lines that you can see in his drawings. We can see that he uses color, but it's used rather sparingly since he mostly makes use of the warm color palette made up of: oranges, browns, reds and yellows. His work takes on a nostalgic feeling, which I think definitely very appropriate considering that when we sometimes look back on our trips and think about memories from the past, this can make us feel that sense of nostalgia and winsy that sometimes is vast portrayed in Sepia towns. Sharon Tan on the other hand, makes use of big and bold typography. Her journals are often decorated with various charms and metal clips, and she cleverly repurposes agendas with calendars which give a great visual timeline of her life and give you an insight of what she is doing day by day. She also expertly uses rubber stamps, washi tape, and small drawings to create interest. Sharon Tan's work has more of a modern feel compared to Jose Naranja's work. Not only we can see that her typography seems to be much more modern, she also chooses to work with white paper which has a crisper cleaner feel in contrast to Jose Naranja's more beige, yellow toned papers which again give off that feeling of nostalgia. That said, both journalists have highly detailed work and make use of collage with bits of paper and have beautiful detailed small drawings. Finally, I want to show you that travel journals of Gina Alyse. In contrast to both Jose Naranja and Sharon Tan, Gina Alyse doesn't really write very much in her journals instead what she focuses on is bright and bold colors and visuals. She sometimes also makes use of an abstract collage style using various photos and vibrant papers and clippings, which is especially noticeable in the first image of the set. Because Gina Alyse is able to create dynamic lines and uses a lot of fresh bright colors, her work has a tendency to feel as though it's moving, which gives it an extra level of vibrance, which is very different from both Jose Naranja's work and Sharon Tan's work. Hopefully as you can see, these three travel journalists have completely different styles and neither one is wrong. All three capture something special and unique about the people that made them and the voyages that they went on. Which style speaks to you the most? Do you have a favorite? Is there another travel journalist that you'd like to share with me? Definitely let me know in the comments. Whenever you're ready, let's move on to the next video where we will start talking about how to gather your supplies for your own travel journal. 4. Selecting Your Journal and Packing Your Supplies: In this video, we're going to be talking about selecting your journal and packing your supplies for your trip. I took a trip recently to my local art supply store and the main thing I wanted to focus on getting was of course, the travel journal itself. Now as you can see, you have a lot of different options from various paper textures, paperweights, colors, bindings. There's so many choices that it can get overwhelming. In order to determine what travel journal is best for you, it's important to take a little bit of time and think about what exactly are your creative goals and needs during this trip. If it's too stressful for you to have a very nice sketchbook because you're worried that you might lose it, go for a cheaper option. If you're going to be water coloring during this trip, be sure that whatever sketchbook you take with you has watercolor paper or mixed media paper suitable for that. If you're somebody that prefers having lined paper or graph paper, then get that. I've hoped I've illustrated is that everyone is going to have different needs. Before you even buy your sketchbook or journal, take some time to think about what it is that you're looking for and what it is that you're going to need while traveling. Besides the obvious travel journal, the rest of the supplies are really up to you. It really all depends on how you want to execute your travel journal. Now, I want to show you the travel journal supplies that I brought for this very trip. First off, I did bring a pencil case. The first supply that I brought with me is this glue stick and next, I also brought an eraser since I personally prefer handheld erasers. I also brought a pencil sharpener with me. I also brought along a three color neon gel pen and these pens are really nice because they save space and your travel kit allow you to have multiple colors within one pen. I would highly recommend taking something like that with you since it's great for saving space. Next, I also brought a fine tip pen, which is great for lettering, and also a brush pen. Make sure that your pens are waterproof since you never know if you're going to get caught in the rain, or if you might spill something. Bring two pencils instead of just one in case you lose one and finally, I brought an assortment of colored pencils to work with and so as you can see, these are the contents of my pencil case and for the travel journal itself, I bought a three-pack of [inaudible] skins blank cashier notebooks. I picked this as my travel journal mostly because it is a sketchbook that I've worked with in the past and I'm comfortable with. The one downside with this particular sketch book though, is I did find the paper to be a little bit too thin for my liking and sometimes you can see the other side of the page. This didn't bother me too much but that's definitely something to keep in mind if you're going to be working with pens that have a tendency to bleed or markers which also bleed a lot. I also liked the sketchbook with lightweight, flexible, and didn't weigh too much since I would be backpacking and I didn't want to have to worry about carrying too many heavy things on my back. This journal and pencil case is basically all I took with me on this trip and so that's one of the things that I really love about the concept of travel journaling as well. You really don't need to bring that much with you to capture and record all of your memories. However, keep in mind though that I was backpacking, I wanted to reduce the amount of weight that I had to carry on my back and if you personally don't mind carrying more or if you're going to be checking in luggage, feel free to make adjustments as you see fit. That's it for now. Thanks so much for watching. 5. Supplies to Reconsider: Hi. Welcome back. Let's spend a little bit of time talking about some art supplies that you could bring, but I urge you to reconsider. I'll explain what those tools are and why. Let's first talk about tools with sharp edges. This can range from anything to scissors, exact doubly, or sharp pen nibs used to ink. Some art-making tools with sharp edges are prohibited from air travel, so if you're going to be taking a plane it's really important to do research beforehand to avoid getting your tools confiscated. If you do decide to bring tools with sharp edges, be sure to pack them securely and store them safely in your bag to ensure that you don't get cut. Of course, when working with collage, cutting tools like scissors and exact doubly are really convenient but they're not necessary. In fact, I did this last trip without bringing a pair of scissors with me at all. I did however, happened to get lucky and one of my accommodations did come with a pair of scissors. But even still that's proof in itself that you don't need to bring cutting tools or tools with sharp edges with you. You can always use these tools when you get home. Inks are paints that can spill. Certain paints and inks can spill or combust. Depending on your mode of transport which cannot only result in damaged equipment, it can also leak out and leech toxic chemicals into your clothes or personal effects. Now, that being said, I totally understand if you want to work with paint or ink. Just be sure to store them in an airtight container and then just to be extra sure, hack that airtight container in a zip-lock bag in case it happens to fail. I would also highly recommend trying to find solid alternatives. For example, instead of bringing a tube of watercolor paints, try bringing a solid water color palette instead. Which will also have the added benefits of being more organized, and saving space in your bag. Also, reconsider supplies that can take up too much space. I think most traveling artists have fallen under this trap of bringing too many things, and then realizing that they really don't need all things that they packed. You don't need every single brush, pen, or marker in your toolkit. Just a few will do. It also helps to take advantage of travel-sized art tools especially if your aim is to pack light, since I think most of us as travelers are always trying to conserve space in our bags. I personally can't tell you what you're going to need since everyone's needs are going to be different, but I think a good rule of thumb is to take all of the art supplies that you want to pack with you and try cut it in half. You'll be amazed by what you can create and accomplish with just half of the supplies that you were originally planning on taking with you. Don't forget, you can sketch out your writing, drawings, and ideas in pencil, and then use all of your favorite supplies when you return from your trip. Unless you're going on a very long trip, it's unrealistic to expect that you're going to have a completed travel journal by the end of it. Remember that it's okay to keep working on your journal even after you've come home from your trip. In my opinion, that's the best time to use all of those supplies that either take up too much space in your bag, could spill, or could otherwise present themselves as safety hazards. The simpler that you keep your tool supply list, the easier it will be, and the more you can focus on your travels and recording them. Keep in mind that these are just suggestions, and ultimately you should pack and bring what you feel is right. Just be smart about it. I hope this video was helpful. Whenever you're ready, let's move on to the next. 6. When to Work on Your Journal While Traveling: In this video, we're going to briefly talk about when you should work on your travel journal and how you can make more time to work on it while you're traveling. Filling out a complete travel journal is time-consuming. I don't think it's realistic to expect to have all of the work done while you're traveling unless your trip is very long. That said, it is important to you set aside at least some time on a regular basis to record things as they happen while it's still fresh in your memory. Some people opt to schedule a little bit of time every single day to do this. You could maybe set aside half an hour every morning, during breakfast, or maybe during midday, you could try to find a cafe in your area and work on your travel journal there. Since during this trip, I was backpacking and traveling to multiple countries at once, one thing I did was take advantage of time while I was on the train or bus and had nothing better to do. This is also good if you're going to be on an airplane as well. You can also take advantage of inclement weather such as rain or snow or if you're bored at your hotel late at night and everything else is closed. What's most important is to focus on getting the key memories and ideas down and then adding refinements later. You definitely want to go out into the world and explore and experience things instead of staying in your accommodations and working just on your travel journal. So just do your best to manage your time accordingly. It's okay if you maybe forget one day or if there's a few setbacks, but just try to be as consistent as possible. Thanks so much for watching this brief little video on when to work on your travel journal and whenever you're ready, let's continue on to the next video. 7. Writing: In this video, we're going to spend a little bit of time talking about writing and different things you can write in your travel journal. Writing is going to be one of the most important aspects of self-expression in this travel journal, because your words will help give the reader the most direct connection to the experiences that you're having, your various memories, and all the things that you do and see while you're on your trip. There's a variety of different things that you can write in your travel journal to address all of the different experiences and moments that you might go through. So let's go over just a few things that you can write in your journal. One of the first things that I tend to write in my journal within the inside front cover is my name and some contact information. That way in the event that I accidentally lose or misplace my journal, hopefully someone will find it, reach out to me and I can try to get it back. You can also write out travel-related poetry and haikus, which can add a little bit of extra artistry to your words. You can also marry your words with images, which we'll talk about more later in another video. Another thing that I like to add towards the beginning of my travel journals is a few simple phrases and words in the language of the country that I'll be visiting. So since Poland was one of the countries that I happened to be checking out, I wrote out not only the correct spelling of the various words that I would need, but also the pronunciation. Incorporate foreign words into your writing. On that note, I also like to find new words and try to translate them. So you can see here in this particular page, I found a bookmark with two check words on it. After a simple Google search I was able to find the translation and added onto my travel journal. You can also write about your surroundings. Words can be visual as well. So don't forget to experiment with different sizes, handwriting, colors, and other typographic elements that can add more visual interest to your writing. You don't have to write horizontally from right to left, you can change the orientation, size, or fit of your writing to fit whatever space you have available left to you. Last but not least, be sure to also try writing a few classic journal or diary style entries where you include the date, and maybe some details about what you're experiencing, or seeing, or feeling at that very moment. These are just a few writing ideas and tips, but there are so many more out there and I would love to hear any suggestions or recommendations that you might have. So let me know in the comments. Thanks for watching, and whenever you're ready, let's move on to the next video. 8. Photography: Hi and welcome back. Now I want to spend a little bit of time talking about working with photography. What I love about photography is that it's able to capture a person's unique perspective through their eyes as they're visiting a place. Even if hundreds or thousands of people visit the same destination, chances are their experienced there at that specific place will vary wildly depending on personality, lighting, weather. There's just so many factors involved in making travel, photography, personal, and special for each person. To give you some ideas, I want to go through some of the photos I took and eventually decided on printing for the specific travel journal from my last trip. This is meant to give you an idea of some of the things you can capture while you're traveling. Try taking some photos at night. Most places will look very different at night, so it's worth taking a few night shots. Often times the interior design of a place can also be really interesting so don't forget to take photos of interiors. Try capturing the first landmark that you see as you arrive at a place. The first thing I saw when I reached Berlin was this TV Tower. I also recommend taking some more detailed shots. In this case, I not only captured my shoes, but also the intricate wood pattern of a flooring of a cafeteria that I was in. Taking photos around sunset or dusk is also a great idea since the laying turns to be really nice during that time. Be sure to also capture an impressive landmarks and monuments that you come across. Also don't forget to take a few pictures of yourself as well. When taking photos of yourself, don't be afraid to capture a range of moods. Take photos of any plant life for trees that inspire you, any interesting design or decorative effects you might come across, especially in the places that you stay at. This photo is of the flooring at a hostel I stayed at in Poland. Be sure to take photos of different foods that you might be trying for the first time. If you come across anything strange or weird during your travels, like this particular sculpture of Sigmund Freud, don't forget to capture those as well. You can also try experimenting with various camera angles, like in this photo where I'm looking up and it's more of a warm side view in this photo. Pick another nice cheerful thing to capture as local flowers and wild flowers that you might come across as well. You can also take photos of the various transit stops, train stations, bus stations, basically any kind of building that helps you connect from one travel destination to another. Those are some ideas to keep in mind while you're photographing your travels. I would also recommend taking more photos than you think you'll need, more than better. Having a wide variety to choose from will make it much easier for you to select your photos and cut them accordingly to fit your travel journal. But of course, you can also resize your photos through Photoshop or any similar computer-based photography program. Do you have any other ideas on what should be captured while traveling? Let me know in the comments and whenever you're ready, let's continue on to the next video. 9. Collecting Memorabilia: Now I want to spend a little bit of time to talk about some of the mementos and memorabilia that you can collect to use to add onto your travel journal. These kinds of items can range from anything to museum entry tickets, restaurant business cards, receipts, train or bus tickets, entry tickets to various exhibits, parks, galleries. You can also use larger items, such as pamphlets to various museums or art galleries. One thing you can do with the smaller mementos is to simply glue them directly onto your journal. You can also cut them out and create more of a collage effect. With larger items, what I like to do is take a piece of washy tape and create sort of a page insert. You could also create these sorts of page inserts with glue. But I prefer washy tape, not only because it's more decorative, but because I think it's a little bit more flexible and reliable. When it comes to applying glue a smaller surface areas, I've noticed that glue tends to be less reliable. But if you have your heart set on using glue, make sure that you use one that's strong. Now I'm going to show you a few more examples of some page inserts that I've added onto my travel journal to give you an idea of the different sizes and items that you can use. Before we go, I want to also show you a few examples of some spreads that I've created that incorporate some of these mementos that I collected during my trip. Thanks for watching. Now whenever you're ready, let's continue on to the next lesson. 10. Maps: Let's talk about maps. Maps are great because they can give you a sense of where you've been, where you want to go and where you're going. They're not only great as navigational devices, but also as visual representations that you can use for your travel journal. Maps are also pretty easy to get a hold of, since you can find them at tourist kiosks, at the back of pamphlets or business cards, or sometimes even at your hotel or hostel. Maps can be used as collage items to fill up various blank spaces that you might have in your travel journal or one thing I like to do, is to draw directly on them so I can track my footpath and see exactly where I've been, which makes it much easier to visualize the places that you've seen and been, and the streets you had to go through to see them. After drawing on your map, you might be surprised to see just how much you've traveled. This allows you to have a more personalized view of your journey. For a more custom map, you could certainly also drag your own. This will allow you to draw out the details, roads, cities, all of the places that are relevant to you personally and to your travel experience. Here on the screen, I have drawn out a map of my journey through three different countries. I've highlighted the main cities that I stayed at, and I also mentioned the various cities that I also used to transit from place to place. I made this map through a combination of mediums. First, I used pencil to sketch out the countries, I then used watercolor and ink to render them., and then I scanned the watercolor painting into my computer, loaded it on Photoshop, and then added the text so that it would be more legible. Of course, when it comes to making maps, you can do whatever is right for you, you can make it a completely traditionally rendered experience with whatever traditional tools that you like to do or you can use Photoshop to make your map or as I did, a combination of the two. Oftentimes, travel journals mostly use traditional tools, but if you want to create visuals through Photoshop or Illustrator and print them out, that's totally cool too. Thanks for watching this video on maps and now whenever you're ready, let's move on to the next. 11. Drawings and Comics: Hey, and welcome back. In this video, I want to talk about using drawings and comics to record your travels. As an illustrator and cartoonist, this is by far one of my favorite ways to document my travels because I feel even rough or unpolished drawings have a tendency to add a little bit of character and personality to your travel journal that you otherwise couldn't get just by using other found materials. A drug is something that you make by your own hand, and so that allows you to exaggerate. For emphasis, drones are a great way to capture moments that maybe you weren't able to get a good photograph of or simply forgot to take a photo of. The other great thing about drawings is that they have the ability to relay messages that photograph simply can't capture. For instance, in this picture, I drew a cartoony foot with lightning bolts coming out of it to express that I felt a lot of pain in my feet. I wouldn't have been able to capture this with a photograph because my feet looked perfectly normal even though they were in a lot of pain. The other thing that I really love about using drawings and comics for travel journals, is that they have the ability to add a certain level of humor and levity to moments that are otherwise serious or difficult. For example, during this trip, I accidentally left by credit card at a grocery store that I stopped in. When I realized this, I was very stressed out and was feeling pretty bad, but after I was able to get my credit card back and was able to look back on that moment and see the humor in the situation, and even make a little comic that allowed me to make fun of myself, and again, add levity to and otherwise distressing situation. Another great thing about comics is that you can use them to record interactions that you have with other people, which again, you can't capture with a photograph. Other things that you can try drawing while you're traveling include buildings, foods that you're trying out, and people that you might see in transit or on the street. I really urge you to try drawing at least a few pictures in your travel journal. They don't have to be perfect, and in fact, there's something about having drawings that are a little bit rough and sketchy, that adds to the chaotic feeling that sometimes comes with traveling from place to place. I highly recommend it and I really hope you give it a try if you're somebody that doesn't typically draw. Thanks so much for watching this video, and now, whenever you're ready, let's move on to the next. 12. Embellishments: In this video, we're going to be talking about the different kinds of embellishments that you can add to your travel journal. Embellishments can be used to add a little extra visual interest to your journal. It won't be the most substantial part of your travel journal, which will be the content that you create yourself, your own feelings, thoughts, ideas, photos, drawings, etc, but they're definitely fun ways to fill up random blank spaces or a way to add some extra pizzazz to your pages. There's a wide variety of different things that you can use to embellish your travel journal pages. One common thing that I see a lot is construction paper or different types of printed or colored papers such as [inaudible] paper and they're very versatile in the sense that you can do whatever you want with them, cut them out into thin strips, or even use them as a backdrop to an entire page. One of my absolute favorite in embellishments is washi tape. Washi tape comes in a variety of different sizes and prints and one of the things that I especially love about certain designs of washi tape is that depending on the design printed on the tape, you can actually cut out tiny stickers. Of course, if you prefer traditional stickers, that's another great option to add embellishments and there's hundreds, if not thousands of different designs out there. I'm especially partial to the travel-related stickers, which you can see here on the screen. Personally, I find using loose glitter and traditional glue to be a little bit messy. You can use that if you'd like, but what I'd also highly suggest is using glitter glue since they come in a variety of different colors and shapes, and since you have both materials in one place. Another great option is gel pads. They come in a variety of different finishes and colors so the potential there is endless and you can really create any kind of drawing or design that you would like onto your page. In this video, we talked about just a few different tools that you can use to add embellishments to your travel journal, but there's more out there. I'm curious to hear if you have any other suggestions or tools that you love to use. So feel free to leave a comment letting me know. Thanks for watching and whenever you're ready, let's continue on to the next video. 13. Assignment: In this video, we're going to be talking about your assignment for this class. So first of all, don't worry, I'm not going to ask you to submit an entire completed travel journal from cover to cover. But I will ask you to turn in anywhere from four to eight pages, and you can even show me more if you like. These pages should demonstrate all of the things that we've learned from previous lessons. Feel free to saturate your travel journal with all kinds of different creative forms of expression, ranging from collage, writing, comics, illustration, etc. Bonus points if you even want to introduce a new form of creative expression that we haven't talked about in today's class into your travel journal. I'll leave that up to you to figure out what that might be. I also encourage you to use tools and materials that you've maybe never used before but have always wanted the chance to try out. I think that when we're talking about travel, and having new experiences, and trying out new things that also can relate to creatively trying out new things as well. So, I highly encourage experimentation. I will also be posting some ideas and various pages to give you some inspiration and hopefully give you a starting point if you're having some struggles. Remember also that you can always leave a comment and reach out for help if you're struggling in any way since I am here to help you. I absolutely can't wait to see what you guys come up with. I'm sure that they're all going to be great. So, why don't you go ahead and get started and good luck with your travel journaling. 14. Closing Thoughts: Thank you so much for taking this lesson with me. I hope that you found this class helpful. More importantly, I hope you found the process of travel journaling to be a really enriching and meaningful experience. Not only will your travel journaling skills refine over time, but I think that as you go on more travels, these journals will help you remember all of the experiences, memories, and feelings you had while traveling. Sometimes it can be really great to look back on those things, make sure to adapt it and make it yours. Travel journaling should be a fun and deeply personal experience. It's important to make the process of creating it as enriching for you personally as possible. There is no right or wrong way to do it. One of the things that I especially love about travel journaling is that it's an art form that truly is no right or wrong way to do it. Since I feel that travel journals are often the strongest when they're made specifically for the person who is experiencing the travels themselves. It's nice because it's a form of art that you really don't have to think about other people or viewers. You can be a selfish with it as you want. Since in a way, a travel journal is like a diary. Also if you're anything like me during this very trip, traveling by yourself, a travel journal is a great way to keep you company and give you a space to voice some of your thoughts and feelings about the experiences that you're going on. I do hope that you get into the habit of travel journaling whenever you travel. Please stay safe, record, draw, write, and collect as much as you can while you're traveling. Have fun and happy journaling. Bye bye.