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The Best Book for Travel

Speaking of travel, my kids can sit still for about 1.6 seconds on a plane before they start crawling into our laps, chatting up our seat mates and heading on adventures down the aisles. But this book changed everything…

The Best Book for Travel

Go! My Adventure Journal encourages kids to write about their trips — what they packed, where they stayed, even fun questions to ask locals.

The Best Book for Travel

Seven-year-old Toby is totally into the book and wants to do it all the time, even at home. “I really like the questions,” Toby told me. “I would like to fill it out in a plane or car or rental house. I would fill it out in all of them!”

The Best Book for Travel

The journal even has badges that you earn for “trying a new food,” “helping a stranger,” “or “going with the flow.” (That last one makes my heart swell.) Isn’t it such a clever idea?

P.S. Another book we love for flights, and 10 ways to entertain a toddler on the plane.

  1. This is hilarious! We are traveling around Costa Rica and i really wanted my two boys engaged (3 and 6). So, I created “passports” for them to get stamps in when they saw something new (sloths, monkeys, frogs, hermit crabs, etc.) and when they ate something new. My picky 5-year old has eaten: star fruit, papaya, coconut, hummus, guacamole, passion fruit, and the list goes on. These may seem “normal” but for us this is a massive improvement! Of course, nothing goes un-stamped, and there is some mysterious treat lingering once all the stamps are gathered. We will have to figure that part of it out, but at least he has tried new things. If only I had found this book before we hit the road (-: Thanks for sharing!

  2. Such an awesome idea! My baby is too small to utilise it but I imagine it to be a wonderful gift for mama friends!

  3. Mallory says...

    This is a great idea! We moved to England at the end of last year and are really trying to take advantage of all the travel opportunities we now have. Our first trip was to Italy this November, and I made my three year old daughter a travel journal. I made stickers of all the places we were going, and each day, she would put a sticker or two in the journal and color around it. We would talk about what we’d seen, and I’d write down some of the things she told me about our experiences. (Her thoughts about Michelangelo’s David: big and naked.) To keep her engaged at the Uffizi Gallery, I made a scavenger hunt of all the paintings I wanted to see most. Sometimes she spotted them before I did. She got a “prize” from the gift shop if she found all of them, which she of course did. I even put a gelato rating system in the book, where she could draw the gelato on top of a cone and choose a happy, straight, or sad face, based on if she liked it (she chose a happy face every time!). It worked really well, and I will continue to do these for all our adventures.

    • Anna says...

      Wow you are such a thoughtful mom! I love this – your daughter is very lucky :)

  4. liz says...

    let’s be honest, we all want this book!

  5. Quinn says...

    This looks so great! We gave my daughter a mini polaroid camera (instamax) and a blank notebook last summer when we went to Barcelona and Copenhagen (we live in Vancouver), which she had fun with, but sometimes she wasn’t sure what to take photos of or draw. I think this would have be great to have with all of it’s prompts. :)

    • Naomi says...

      My daughter received this as a birthday gift on her 6th birthday. She LOVED it. It’s a fabulous gift for your kid’s friend, or just for your own child. Encourage them to fill it out alone – in private. And then, if they want, to share it with you. My daughter is going to start a band called Cat. I had no clue, but now I know. ;)

  6. Beautiful. My wife and I have always given the kids a small sketchbook before embarking on a family trip. They use it as a scrap book, note book, sketch book and overall record keeper for their trip. This is kind of a similar idea but it always will have something for them to do when they run out of ideas ;)

  7. Amanda says...

    Yes! My mom gave my brother and me journals for our first international trip as kids. We ended up staying a night at a castle in Ireland (!!!), which blew our little minds, but like a total creep, my entry for that evening was, “I bet someone died in this room. The walls are thick.” I probably could have used some prompts like the ones in this book.

    • Nina says...

      I am DYING. So funny!!!

    • dana says...

      this made me laugh out loud at my desk! we totally would have gotten along as kids. =)

  8. Love the idea of a badge for going with the flow. Wow… such a good idea. That can make all the difference when you are traveling. The more you can “flex,” the better the trip will be. Pretty much goes for everyone in the family. Very cute resource.

  9. April says...

    this comment from Toby:

    “I really like the questions,” Toby told me. “I would like to fill it out in a plane or car or rental house. I would fill it out in all of them!”

    made me think of Green Eggs and Ham — “Say! I like green eggs and ham! I do! I like them Sam-I-Am! And I would eat them in a boat, and I would eat them with a goat…”

    so cute! and love this recommendation, going to add it to my wishlist for our next trip!

    • Jenn says...

      Same here! Made me smile. Also made me realize how the concept of a “rental house” is totally normal in a 7-year-old’s vocabulary today. I guess we did the same with the beach houses my family rented growing up, but I feel like the home sharing culture now (Home Away, VRBO, etc.) takes it to a whole new level!

  10. Sarah says...

    “I would like to fill it out in a plane or car or rental house. I would fill it out in all of them!” reminded me so much of “green eggs and ham” – same sentiment! When traveling (and in general) always try new things. Love it!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      haha good call!

  11. Kimberly G says...

    That nail polish, tho 😍

  12. Keegan says...

    What a sweet idea! It reminds me of a book my kids gave me for Christmas this year (one for each kiddo). It’s called “Q & A a day for Kids: A three year journal”. Each dated page has a question at the top, and 3 sections below— one for each year’s entry. It has become my favorite part of the day to ask my kiddos questions like “Name one troublemaker in your life. Explain.” And “When were you brave?” It is so heartwarming and tender to hear their surprising and interesting answers and to think about what they may say next year, and the year after. It’s also so interesting for me to observe myself as I simply act as transcriber (and resist the urge to edit!!).
    https://www.amazon.com/Day-Kids-Three-Year-Journal/dp/B00E3T6SEG

    • Jenna says...

      This is great! Ordering it! Thanks for the tip.

    • Quinn says...

      Oh this one sounds great too! Thanks for sharing!

  13. It looks like a fun book. I want it for myself!

  14. Meghan says...

    Ah, man. I wish it was available now! About to head down to southern Utah beginning this weekend to hike around Zion with my two boys. Breaking up a 9.5 hour drive from Boise in Salt Lake for an overnight (all you can eat breakfast buffet will be highlight for boys) and plan on checking out their planetarium which is open late on weekends.

    • Leah says...

      We just returned from Zion last week (our drive is “only” 7 hours tho).
      Audio books to the rescue – The kids wanted to keep on driving so they can continue listening to Harry Potter!

  15. Mac says...

    Listen, trying new food and going with the flow are two things I can definitely work on when I travel. I think earning a badge would be motivating for me, too!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i agree! :)

  16. Oh my gosh, this is so great!
    (I wish they would do a travel companion book for the accompanying adult. I like gold stars in general, and man, those badges sure look nice…)

  17. I’m going to get one of these for my trip.

  18. Michelle says...

    Awesome! Their book “Me” literally just arrived today and is perfect to do with my son (5) tomorrow for the snow storm! It’s so lovely and right on point with his favorites (jokes, dinosaurs, dance moves). This post is excellently timed- I was about to order copies for his cousins, but instead pre-ordered the Go book for their trip to Europe this summer! Thanks for the recommendation and for being on point! I recently reserved & checked out bunch of your recommendations (Jabari Jumps, This is how we do it). I’d love to recommend books by our friend, Greg Pizzoli, who also does some lovely screenprinted work: http://gregpizzoli.com/ Good night Owl & The Watermelon seed are some favorites! Thanks & stay warm with this winter weather!

  19. Taylor says...

    You had me at badges for trying new food and going with the flow. Our darling (read: ridged and opinionated) 4yo would love it!

  20. Crysta says...

    What a neat book! I need to remember this for when my little one is older.

  21. ceciel says...

    This seems perfect for my 6 and 3 year old and I bet even my 8 year old would get into it. Awesome when a book can entertain so many ages (and us parents enjoy it too).

  22. Heather says...

    Thanks for the tip! Just bookmarked this for our next big trip.

  23. Katherine says...

    What a cool idea (and keepsake)! This would be an awesome gift for the little loves in my life.

  24. Looks great!

  25. Katie says...

    It would make my day if I was lucky enough sit next to your sweet boys on an airplane!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      awwww, hahaha, they are very chatty! :)