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DIY: Inspiration Travel Mood Board

have a little fun and get creative with a travel mood board either for inspiration or to reminisce about your last trip

By Lizi Woolgar

What did you say? There’s going to be another million days of rain in England this Winter? Can’t say I’m surprised. But how about – rather than slowly morphing into a sack of potatoes watching the Hills back to back all day – you find something a little more productive, dare I say it creative to do the next time the heavens open?

If you’re anything like me, you always seemed to be cutting, sticking, glittering, or generally arts&crafts-ing as a child. Every time I went on holiday, I would collect as many postcards, stickers and tickets as I could possibly squish into my backpack, along other useless paraphernalia kids insist is absolutely vital for day-to-day life. I would then rush back and gleefully arrange my collection of cut-outs in scrapbooks, writing ‘useful’ explanatory quotes alongside them (I’ve picked out a good’un for you).

"A quater" ... wow, I'm speechless

“A quater” … wow, I’m speechless

However, somewhere along the line – probably during the devil years where you are too cool for everything – I lost my scrap-booking enthusiasm. My teenage years remain relatively undocumented, so I have no real way of differentiating holiday snaps or those experiences that require a little memory-nudge to remember.

But not to fear. I am back to my childish self. I now keep tonnes of scrapbooks to remind me of pretty much anything that keeps me happy. I cut out clothes or quirky, innovative designs and stick them in, I write down my dreams (the ones I remember, anyway) and I keep all my stuff from travelling now too. Even if it’s just a train ticket, or a receipt from a particularly good lunch, it really will be something you’ll appreciate doing in the future.

A 21st gift box turned into a travel time capsule

A 21st gift box turned into a travel time capsule

If keeping a scrap book is a little too strenuous, or you quite simply don’t travel enough to make it worth it, why not create a travel mood board instead? This doesn’t even have to be made of things you’ve picked up travelling; that’s just what I chose to use. You could create a fantasy bucket list, a style mood board for cities around the world or a string & pin map detailing the route of your next travel adventure. It’s all about putting something down on paper that will jog your memory in the future and take you right back to your thoughts at that time.



So go on, have a little fun and get creative with a travel mood board next time you find yourself staring at the rain outside, longing to be lizard-style basking on a sunny beach somewhere.

Get some inspiration on the College Tourist Mood Board on Pinterest here

Lizi Woolgar

University of Bristol | 40 stories

Graduate of University of Bristol. Having spent my first two years of University writing for the student newspaper, epigram and Brighton-based Spindle Magazine, I then went on to edit the Style section of Epigram 2012-2013. Now keen to pursue a career in journalism/editorial work, I look forward to writing my weekly column for The College Tourist, all the while seeing where my writing and travel will take me.

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