How to Create the Best Travel Smash Book Souvenir

Ticket stubs, translation notes, beer coasters, a piece of toilet paper stuck to your shoe from the metro station bathroom – what to do with all of your sentimental travel memorabilia? Of course, you could simply toss them into the trash or stuff them away in a box never to be seen again…

preplanning travel smash book

Or you can make a travel smash book!

You can create an on-the-go travel smash book full of all of your tidbits of travel tokens in one convenient and space-saving place. As a person who is obsessed with memory saving, this is simply a necessity for me. It’s faster than journaling (which I do as well) and prevents my randomly collected items from getting damaged in the black hole known as my backpack.

What you’ll need for a smash book

And that’s it! I’d love to share just a few pages from the smash book I worked on during long bus rides, in airport lounges, when I was hiding from awkward couchsurfing hosts, etc. The point of your book isn’t to look perfect – if that were the case, it would never be completed. Don’t overthink how your smash book should come out, because the more ramshackle it is, the better. The goal is to create a simple, fun, memory documenting keepsake that you will actually look at in the future.

adventure intro travel smash book

Before my trip, I printed some travel-related pictures that I liked to include in the book.

Before my trip, I printed some travel-related pictures that I liked to include in the book.

Anyone who has been to Paris knows these tickets end up everywhere. It's been months and I've still been finding these in my clothes...

Anyone who has been to Paris knows these tickets end up everywhere. It’s been months and I’ve still been finding these in my clothes…

Lauren and I spent a lot of time in Paris taking the metro back and forth between new hosts and sightseeing locations, so this page seemed perfect to store the endless amount of metro tickets I acquired as proof of that.

amsterdam travel smash book

Included on this page: my Amsterdam couchsurfing host’s business card, a coffee shop card, plane tickets, a sugar packet, and bus tickets. The accessories you see were collected prior to my trip and thrown in a convenient ziplock baggie.

barcelona travel smash book

Barcelona showed me the best of times, and the worst of times… regardless, I’m glad I saved the random bits and pieces. If you look hard enough, you can see where I scorned the worst-hostel-ever’s business card. My boyfriend also appreciated the shoutout on this page.

Sometimes my pages are finished... sometimes they're not!

Sometimes my pages are finished… sometimes they’re not!

Ahhh Seville, I wish I never left you.

Lausanne switzerland travel smash book

Documenting the time I got kicked off of a bus in Lausanne for buying the wrong bus tickets.

I wrote on the back of the postcard to include some interactive journaling

I wrote on the back of the postcard to include some interactive journaling

pula travel smash book lucerne luzern travel smash book

Sometimes my pages include favorite stories of the location, instead of a general overview.

croatia travel smash book

A lot of bus rides to be had in Croatia. Warning: the bus drivers won’t wait for you.

Did you know my blog was designed (literally) in this book?

Did you know my blog was designed (literally) in this book?

Sometimes a simple pockets serves the purpose of storing your stuff

Sometimes a simple pockets serves the purpose of storing your stuff

Favorite quotes are also included :)

Favorite quotes are also included

A small ticket stub can someday take you back to the time you spent going to a foreign film festival and didn’t have a clue of what the plotline was. You’ll be thankful you stored that memory somewhere accessible – like your bookshelf. Creating a travel smash book is cheap, fun, and perfect to pass the time on those long bus rides.

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4 Responses

  1. Debbie Van Horn says:

    Love the travel book – I too, save a lot of “stuff” from my travels. Just wondering are you from the US? Would you like to swap post cards? I live in KY, USA. PM me on facebook if interested in the swap & I’ll send you my home address.
    Thanks you,
    Debbie Van Horn

  2. You look like you had quite an adventure! I am going to northern Europe this summer. I look forward to documenting my travel too.

  3. David Ryan says:

    Wow. I’m so trying this kind of scrapbook.
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