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I was cleaning out my closet this weekend and came across this journal. I must have packed it away after our last road trip. I had so much fun reading about past trips – as far back as 1999!

road trip journal cover

road trip journal inside cover

Inside cover. Love the “I’m Getting”!!

The first page has a quote by one of my fave writers, E.B. White.

The first page has a quote by one of my fave writers.

road trip journal intro

road trip journal page

Sorry for the poor quality of some of the pictures. A typical journal page. Each right side page has a quote. “What a long, strange trip it’s been.” – Grateful Dead

road trip journal tunes for the road

“Without music, a road trip is just another trek from point a to point b. Music greases the wheels of your mind. It’s the rhythmic engine that propels you up sky-topped peaks, inspires operatic efforts on long, lonely stretches of highway, and settles you back against your seat while cruising through rolling valleys. Music also is a welcome companion, speaking only when spoken to and keeping you going when stuck in radio wasteland. Following are some tunes that will get your motor running.”

  • America, Simon and Garfunkel
  • Born to be Wild, Steppenwolf
  • Cowboy Romance, Natalie Merchant
  • Drive My Car, Beatles
  • Floorboard Blues, Cowboy Junkies
  • Freeway of Love, Aretha Franklin
  • Graceland, Paul Simon
  • I’m a Travelin’ Man, Ricky Nelson
  • Little GTO, Beach Boys
  • Mercedes Benz, Janis Joplin
  • Maybelline, Chuck Berry
  • No Money Down, John Hammond
  • On the Road Again, Willie Nelson
  • Refuge of the Roads, Joni Mitchell
  • Ride of the Valkyries, Wagner
  • Route 66, Rolling Stones or the Nat King Cole trio version
  • Take it Easy, Eagles
  • The Driving Song, Jethro Tull
  • The Ride, David Allen Coe
  • The Wing and the Wheel, Nanci Griffith
  • Thunder Road, Bruce Springsteen
  • Truckin’, Grateful Dead
  • Wanderer, Dion
road trip journal readings for the armchair traveler

“It’s a widely accepted truth that travel broadens the mind. However, mobilizing yourself is not always possible. Here are some excursions you can immerse yourself in without leaving your armchair. They’ll get you away from it all as you vicariously savor the experiences relived by the authors in their writings.”

  • A Thousand Miles from Nowhere: Trucking Two Continents, Graham Coster
  • A Trip to the Light Fantastic: Travels with a Mexican Circus, Katie Hickman
  • A Year in Provence, Peter Mayle (I’ve read this and his other books and they are fantastic!)
  • Charlies Kuralt’s America
  • Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Tom Wolfe
  • Falling Off the Map: Some Lonely Places of the World, Pico Iyer
  • Motel Nirvana: Dreaming of the New Age in the American Desert, Melanie McGrath
  • On Persephone’s Island: A Sicilian Journey, Mary Taylor Simetti
  • On the Road, Jack Kerouac
  • Polar Dream, Helen Thayer
  • Road Fever: A High-Speed Travelogue, Tim Cahill
  • The Magic Bus: An American Odyssey, Douglas Brinkley
  • Travels, Michael Crichton
  • Tummy Trilogy, Calvin Trillin
road trip journal tool kit

Tips for the ultimate emergency kit.

road trip journal notes

Notes.

road trip journal back cover

Back cover.

This journal is a fun way to record your travels, however you may find them, whether by car, plane, foot, bicycle, or your imagination.

I checked on Amazon and this journal is no longer available but this is a great alternative.

Open Road Chronicles: A Journal with Trip Tips and Lists for Hitting the Highway – Amazon.ca.