6 Tips for Creating a Video Travel Journal

Becky Brooks


Ipanema Beach

Travel journals are great keepsakes that let you look back and re-experience adventures you had away from home. Even though personal journals are fun to keep, video entries allow you to create a visual and personal online travel diary.

Here are a few tips to create a unique digital journal entry:

1. Keep entries short, concise, and honest

Treat every video like an actual diary entry. A video should tell a story about your adventures abroad, whether it’s a trip to the flea market or a weekend trip to the city.

A travel diary should also be honest. Did you get lost? Was the hostel sketchy and dirty? Make a video about that! After all, this is a travel journal. The fun parts of traveling are the experiences. You might not be happy about everything that happened on the trip, but sometimes these stories are the best ones.

2. Pick the best photos and video clips

Most people take pictures of everything they see and post them, but that doesn’t really tell a story. Be sure to pick photos and video clips that highlight your most memorable moments, like the food or people you see, and a couple of photos of the places you visited to fill in the rest of the story. The best videos are usually two minutes long–especially if you decide to share them with others.

3. Tell a story with text

Video Captions

The photos and video clips are the focus of the video, but text helps you explain a little bit more about the story behind the photo. Use a photo caption to give a brief description about where you are, what happened in that moment, or why this photo is significant to you. Text slides are good for transitions between events and help create a narrative arc.

4. Choose a song that matches your video

The song should go with the theme of your trip, so try to pick one that explains what happened on your journey or where you went. An easy way to do this is to pick a song or genre from the country you visited.

Sometimes one song isn’t enough for a video, so be sure to check out our multi-song video guide.

5. Share with friends and family

Video journals can be shared with loved ones, or simply kept as a personal journal. Today, many people write travel blogs or have online journals instead of traditional diaries. If you have a travel blog, try to use videos for posts. The video will help posts come to life and make the experience seem real to readers.

And if you don’t have a travel blog, you can easily share a video with family and friends to let them know what you’re up to and that you’re safe.

6. No computer available? Use your phone

Animoto mobile apps

You won’t always have access to a computer, so download Animoto’s iPhone or Android app before you leave home. Animoto’s mobile apps allow you to create journal entries almost anywhere you go and add photos from Instagram, Facebook or your phone’s camera roll.

Here’s an example from my trip to London!

Need more inspiration? Check out other travel videos for ideas!

Note: The video in this post was created with Animoto Memories, an Animoto legacy slideshow-making tool. As of October 2018, all Animoto customers have access to our new easy-to-use, drag-and-drop video maker. Click here to learn more about what you can do with Animoto for your photography business today. Have a question about Animoto Memories? Reach out to our Customer Success team.