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Journalling travel tips
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  • Take your pets on a holiday too!
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Holiday journalling for kids: It can be exciting for a child to develop their own scrapbook, and with the many family-friendly accommodation options on takeabreak.com.au, you’ll have endless choices to explore with your children. Each evening, have them write, type, or illustrate their experiences. It may be as simple as asking a preschooler to draw their favourite memory of the day, or asking a toddler to paste ticket stubs, pamphlets and photos into a book alongside their photos. Older children can use the computer to write out their journal entries, or if doing it the old-fashioned way, can neatly write onto the pages and then attach their favourite photos and travel memorabilia.

Including the family pet: If you’ve travelled to one of the many pet-friendly accommodation options around Australia, you may want to include your four-legged friend in the fun! Attach some photos of your dog on the beach, or relaxing in their holiday digs, and consider getting them to help you add some “paw prints” into the area where their text would have been…
Journalling on group holidays: Heading to a girls’ weekend out or a fun holiday with the guys? Maybe your teens are getting ready for “Schoolies Week”… there are many superb group accommodation options throughout Australia, and you can add to your holiday memories by having each member of the group include a page, or even a section of a page, in your journal. It can be hilarious to look back on your holiday and read their funny comments alongside pictures of you all together. Equally, they may have photos of you and comments about what you were doing that can make you continue to smile years later.
Romantic journalling: If you’re setting off on a romantic tryst, consider doing a “he said, she said” journal. Throughout the journal, arrange it so that one of you writes on the left pages, one of you on the right, and then when the trip is over – you’ll have a fabulous account of the trip from both perspectives! Add in the sunset snaps, pamphlets advertising the places you visited, and a lipstick kiss on the “she said” pages, and funny or romantic stories about your travels together. Before long, you’ll have a document even more precious and meaningful than a wedding album.
Final tip: Don’t wait to start! Journalling can begin from the moment you start planning the trip. But if you wait until Day 5 of your holiday, you’ll feel overwhelmed and more than likely you won’t start at all. Don’t be one of those people who switch off when they return home! Make holiday memories that will give you a lifetime of smiles. 

About the Author
Kylie-Jane Degeling is a freelance writer who has lived in Adelaide, Yulara (Uluru), Alice Springs and Canberra, as well as five different countries throughout the world. After backpacking around Australia, she worked as a tour guide in Central Australia, before training for her Commercial Pilot License and working as a flight instructor, scenic flight and charter pilot. She later worked as a travelling IT trainer for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, which involved spending time in each of their 16 District Offices around the country on a rotating basis.

Having experienced Australia as a backpacker, tour guide, pilot and business traveller, Kylie now enjoys family holidays with her husband Alex, and children Jezzy and Jordan. She says, “I have been lucky to see Australia from a variety of perspectives, and as a travel writer can use this experience to inspire others to find holidays they would enjoy.”  Kylie currently works as a travel writer in addition to being a government writer and columnist for two parenting magazines.


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Find out more about Kylie at http://bit.ly/h_experts

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