Today is day 6 of the big A-Z Blogging Challenge.
If you’re participating and have been keeping up: GO YOU!
Or maybe you’re like me and you’re a day or two (or six) behind and plan to make up for it this weekend. GO US!
I’m actually one day behind. So, let’s not waste any time.
Kids Travel Journal: F is for Facts and Figures
I am one of those annoying travelers who likes to know the facts. What’s the capital of the country I’m in, the language, the GDP, the biggest imports, exports? What’s the history? Who are the streets named after? The list goes on and on.
So it only makes sense for me to use Facts and Figures as my prompt for the F day. I also have a whole section of books in the Kids’ Travel Book directory dedicated to books that deal with all those facts and figures.
If you are thinking of how to use this prompt in your own journal, this is what I suggest.
BEFORE YOUR TRIP
Think about the things you may want to know about the place and then google it. Or, go to the CIA World Fact Book. Take that information and make some assumptions. What does the population of the place make you think about what to expect? How does the fact that they are major potato producers play into what you see on the menu? If the place used to be a British colony, how does it compare to places that are also former British colonies? To current other colonies? To Britain?
DURING YOUR TRIP
Journal about what you’re eating, what’s for sale, and other interesting factors. Who is on those signs? Whose pictures appear on the money? When you get back home compare your experience with what you find in your research.
—OR keep it completely fun — Make it all up. It’ll be fun to see these made up stories as the kids get older.
I keep things super simple in today’s download. There’s space for kids to write about 3 areas of the place they’re visiting: Major Cities, Important People, What’s Unique.Day 6 of #atozchallenge || F is for Facts and Figures. Click To Tweet
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Update: The download is now only accessible for newsletter subscribers. Subscribe here. Subscribers also get access to the resource library which includes free downloads once a month. If you’re still looking for something to download on this page, I created a one-sheet list of the prompts created for this challenge. Click on the image to download
Question for the commenters
I know a big part of the A-Z Challenge is meeting other bloggers and leaving comments. So, to help those of you leaving comments, you can either comment on something above or let me know –
What types of things do you like to know about a place before you visit?
Every day during the challenge I’ll be linking to another participant. Today I introduce…
Signs of Disney World who keeps it fun by talking about all things Disney. Love it! Please check her out.
What a fab idea! I love travel journals, and think it’s a lost art. With Instagram and FB capturing all our travel adventures, the jotting down in a journal has been abandoned. Will try to resume this on my next journey!
I love it all, but there’s nothing quite like having the book with the creases and look of being used. It all takes me back so quickly.
Mother of 3 says
I never really thought of having my kids keep travel journals but what a great idea. We do tend to study the area we’re going to be visiting before hand and they help plan our trips. But I love the idea of having them document our days so we have something concrete to look back on.
It is awesome that you have them study and plan before the trip. It makes such a big difference to their appreciation, understanding, and probably feelings towards it. So awesome.
The Practical Saver says
Everywhere I go, I always keep a journal. It reminds me the rawness of memories that social media cannot really capture.
Heather with WELLFITandFED says
We are headed to Spain this year and we definitely need the facts and figures! This has inspired me!
Have a great time in Spain! It’s a beautiful country.
That is a great idea. I like to learn about where I’m visiting as well, not always with as much detail, but it makes it more interesting when we research about what we will be seeing before we get there.
I definitely don’t do it in as much detail all the time, too. Sometimes, I just want a break from thinking and traveling with kids and dealing with logistics can be all my brain can handle.
I love this! What a great idea for the kiddos! We love to explore facts about the history of areas we are going to!
Doesn’t it change the feeling of the whole trip when everyone’s more in tune to what the place is all about?
This is such a fantastic idea! Honestly, I have never thought of jotting down facts or just memories when traveling. Definitely going to try this out the next time I travel 🙂 I love learning about the history and top places to visit. Hope you are having a great day!
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This is a great idea and I love the printable! I do like to know where things are before a trip. I like to know what is close to where we are staying! Thanks for linking up with us at Blogger’s Spotlight and please come back this Thursday!