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Smash Book Your Holiday!


Smash Books are the modern busy lifestyle answer to making long lasting memories of the fabulous times spent on holiday. A cross between a travel journal and a scrapbook, Smash Books don’t have to take much time. There’s no planning, they’re spontaneous and created on-the-go. There are no rules to stick to. Anything goes and they’re open to all ages, so everyone can join in the fun!


Some or all of the following – you decide…
A book to save the memories.
Pens, pencils, crayons.
A stick of glue, scissors, paper clips.
Washi tape, post-its, scraps of paper.
Hard card for drying flowers in.
Small plastic bags for collecting items on the go.
A zip bag to keep it all together.


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Find a map of the area you’re visiting for your Smash Book. Do some research on what to see, typical food and drinks and if any events are on while you’re there.
Perhaps compile a ‘Top 10 Things To Do’ list. You’re getting excited – write about it! What are you most looking forward to? Put down whatever’s going on in that head of yours.


The journey – when are you going, how are you travelling, what was the best bit?
Your accommodation – where did you stay?
Record that first morning view…
Country facts – the flag, the customs, what language snippets did you learn?
The food you tried and the drinks that flowed.
The places you visited.
A diary with snippets of your days.
The highlights of your holiday.


Tickets and luggage tags – your flight tickets, bus and boat trip tickets, attraction stubs…
Tourist maps and brochures (very handy for cutting out later and sticking next to photos).
Menus from restaurants and cafés – even sugar sachets with the name on!
Dried flowers, leaves & herbs.
Sand from the beach (place in a small plastic sealable bag), flat sea shells and sea glass.
Receipts, coins and stamps.
Coasters and beer mats, wine labels, food labels or wrappers that are different, bottle caps from your favourite tipple…
Postcards and photographs.
Rubbings of interesting textures (cobbles, marble and metal plaques).
Drawings, sketches, even a small watercolour painting (if your talents stretch that far) of something you saw – a sunset, a flower, a view…


Travel quote

We came. We saw. We loved.
I want my toes in the sand and a cocktail in my hand.
Eat. Beach. Sleep. Repeat.
The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page.
Travel far enough, you meet yourself.
Check out the James Villas Instagram feed for plenty more travel quote inspiration.


Put it all together! Glue it, tape it, make fold outs and make it your own. It’s amazing how individual pieces that are plain and simple can be put together to make a wonderful collage. And perhaps, for the very last page you may just have room for where next?

The perfect handmade travel diary to remember your big holiday and to inspire your next one. Take a look at our 2018 holidays and decide where you’ll Smash Book next…

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Marianne Weekes

Marianne Weekes is a Social Media Executive at James Villa Holidays.

Official family holiday planner and expert map reader, I have guided our family up and...

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