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…
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
- A glue stick or clear tape
- A journal (I used Smash* International Edition but I also love Retro)
- A pen
- Some other fun and colorful add-ons (such as ribbon, Amy Tangerine stickers, colored paper, etc).
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.
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.
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 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.
Ahhh Seville, I wish I never left you.
Documenting the time I got kicked off of a bus in Lausanne for buying the wrong bus tickets.
Sometimes my pages include favorite stories of the location, instead of a general overview.
A lot of bus rides to be had in Croatia. Warning: the bus drivers won’t wait for you.
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.