You pour time, money, effort, and brainpower into your family’s travel, so let me ask you this: How do you know it *worked*? When do you count your family travel as a success? When you make it back home with the same number of people you left with? When you can check off the list that long overdue visit with family or friends? When everyone can tell you their favorite thing that happened? When you snagged that one family photo that proves that everyone can look at the camera at the same time, and do it in front of a great setting? When your child turns to you and announces that they (*gasp*) had FUN?? I don’t know about you, but I always pat myself on the back for that last one. But I tell myself I’m a straight-up *superhero* when, months or even years after a trip, I catch my kids making connections to something they learned in their travels. Time to hang up the jersey - it doesn’t get better than that!

As a mom and former social studies teacher, I’ve spent a lot of time observing the difference between a child who is along for the ride, and one who is engaged and ready to navigate it themselves (and steer, if we let them!) Is that a switch that can be flipped? I believe it is, and that my Journey Jotter Books can help you do it.

In 2016, my kids and I decided to create autograph books for an upcoming trip to Walt Disney World, but as decorative as the books were, I felt something was missing amid those pages waiting to be signed. I filled in some of the blank spaces with activities that my children could complete during downtime, to help them process and remember their experience. After that trip, I wondered whether a similar kind of book could be created that would adjust and flex to fit any kind of travel a family might do. If a young traveler were given a tool that is part activity book, part journal, part scrapbook, and part keepsake, how might it help them find meaning in any trip, and transform it into lasting memories and even a bit of new perspective? From that trip, and that question, Journey Jotter Books was born.

I believe in the transformative power of even the humblest travel experience … when you have the right tools. Let’s build a book for your young traveler, and watch where their journey takes them.

Wishing your family many joyful journeys,