6 Free Travel Journal Apps to Create a Beautiful Travel Journal

They say the trick to remembering everything you learn, think or feel is to write it down. Traveling is learning, thinking and feeling, and these free travel diary apps make it easy to keep a travel diary, which you can embellish with photos and share with your friends.


1. Find Penguins (Android, iOS): Automatically track your travels and post updates for your friends

Find Penguins is a smart app that automatically tracks your movements during your trip, while your phone is in your pocket. It also updates weather, temperature and altitude, providing a quick snapshot of weather conditions that day.

All the data collected by the app is presented in interesting statistics and interactive maps. It’s fun to see how you traveled represented on a map as a trail and noticeable event posts. Find Penguins also updates your profile along the way, noting how many countries you’ve been to, how many trips, and more.

Each message in Find Penguins is called a fingerprint, which can include text, images, videos, or a combination of these. The app is a bit like using social media, and you can control who sees your posts. If you discover something you want to do while browsing a friend’s feed, you can add it to your “bucket list” and save it for later. If you are traveling with someone else, you can add them to your trip to get joint updates on your stats.

To download: Finding Penguins for Android | iOS (Free)

2. Travel facets (Web, Android, iOS): Turn your camera roll into an automatic album

Travel Facets turns all the photos you take while traveling into an organized album of your travels. The app reads geotagging location data in every photo you take with your phone, matches the date and time with weather records, and maps the trail. You won’t have to lift a finger during this process.

Once the album is ready, you can edit it to add captions or additional data. These are called waypoints, and you can even manually add non-image waypoints to jot down something interesting.

You can also skip all the automatic album maker and take a trip manually. You get more control over each waypoint and how it represents your trip. You’ll want to use this mode if you want a solid travel journal, adding your thoughts to create a memorable journal.

Share albums with other Travel Facets users or privately so only those with the link can see your trip.

To download: Facets of Travel for Android | iOS (Free)

3. TravelMap (Web): the easiest way to create a map of your travel blog

Sometimes you don’t want the complexities of an app, social news feeds, auto-tagging and all that jazz. Instead, all you want to do is create a map where you add places of interest to plot your route, along with photos and journal entries. TravelMap is that simple and free solution.

The simplicity of this web application is its best part. Sign up, create your mini-site with a unique address and start creating your map. The map is your home page, where you add places by searching or clicking on pins. You can always order them again.

Then add images to your map or write messages and link them to landmarks you have already mapped. The result for a viewer is a tidy map showing your journey, with a sidebar that displays images or messages to reveal more about your adventures.

The free version of TravelMap should suffice for most people, as its restrictions are still quite high (like a maximum of 100 images). However, the premium version removes all these limitations if you need them. You can also check out a cool demo of TravelMap to see all its possibilities.

4. Jauntlet (Web, Android, iOS): A journal that looks like a travel blog timeline

The Jauntlet web and mobile app looks a little dated compared to the others on this list, but the end result looks so good it deserves a recommendation. It’s a mix of a travel diary and a travel blog, showcasing your trip in a neat timeline.

When you sign up, Jauntlet asks you to connect your Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts as well. This allows the app to import photos from your different profiles. When you create a new post about a city you’ve been to, add the location to plot it on a map, write a journal entry of what you saw and felt, and select photos to add to the entry.

The end result is fantastic, as shown in the image above. It’s a timeline of where you’ve been, showing a map on the left, the city and date on top, and your thoughts and photos on the right. Viewers can also comment under the entry. The whole thing can be played as an automatic slideshow, guiding readers through your journey.

To download: Jauntlet for Android | iOS (Free)

5. Travel diaries (Web, Android, iOS): create a real diary and print it if desired

Travel Diaries is a free app to design what a travel diary of your trip will look like and optionally print it as well. The app is a virtual open book where you can write beautifully formatted entries.

For each page, you can apply one of 38 custom layouts, choosing how text and images will appear on the page. Based on the layout, select and upload images from your camera roll and write text in the simple text editor.

Travel Diaries isn’t the best app for on-the-fly travel journaling while you’re traveling. Rather, it’s a place to reflect on your trip and compose a beautiful travel diary that you’d be proud to show off to your friends. If you like what you’ve created, you can pay to download a PDF of the diary or have the creators of the app print and send the travel diary directly to you.

To download: Travel diaries for Android | iOS (Free)

6. Traveldays (Web): Photo Travel Diary with Location, Time and Captions

Traveldays is one of the best photo album makers online to show off your travels and vacations. It’s incredibly easy to use, as it takes your photos and automatically turns them into a trip into images of your travels, almost like showing postcards or polaroids to friends.

Upload your photos in any order you want, and Traveldays will look up their geolocation information to pin them on a Google map. You can also write small captions on each image. Share the link with your friends and voila.

Try a physical travel diary

So which travel journal app should you turn to? There is no single application here. Generally, Find Penguins, Travel Facets, and Jauntlet can better record your thoughts while traveling. TravelMap, Travel Diaries and Traveldays are best for creating a travel diary after you return from travel.

But as much as we love these apps, there’s reason to use a physical travel journal instead. Not only do many travelers swear by the little journal they take with them, but How Life Unfolds has an in-depth guide on how to use a travel journal while you’re on your trip to make it more memorable than ever. .

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