Make a Vision Collage and Start Realizing Your (Travel) Dreams

Misadventures-with-Andi-Guest-PostMari L. McCarthy traveled through these parts in September while promoting her last book Your Money Matters! Use Journal Writing Therapy to Get Financially Fit Now.  In her earlier book Who Are You? How to Use Journaling Therapy to Know and Grow Your Life, Mari presented a gentle process for self discovery through journaling.

She also blogs on creative journaling., something I am a big believer in. I have always been fascinated with vision boards and collages as well, something I was not aware of until I was introduced to Jennifer Lee.  I think it is a powerful tool that can lead to nothing but good!

Mari, an expert in the field, is back today with a post on how you can use this tool to manifest the ability to travel the world and beyond.


One of the pre-eminent uses of journaling, in my experience, is its adaptability as a planning tool; or, more accurately, a dreaming tool. Journaling is an excellent way to articulate what you want.

Of course, you have to be a bit careful about what you want, because you just might get it.

Visions are beautiful things, in most people’s estimation. Whether memories, sudden recognition of the present, or dreams of the future, visions are powerful motivators. That’s why pictures are worth thousands of words. It’s why we bring along a camera when we go places. And it’s why, when we’re down and out for any reason, all we have to do is conjure a vision.

How exactly do you conjure a vision? Here are a few pointers.

1.  Collect things. Photos, clippings, postcards, quotes, headlines, artifacts. Keep a file of items, whether two- or three-dimensional. When traveling, the best way to do this is in temporary mode: create a file for this particular walk through Paris, this day in South Africa, this weekend in the mountains.

2.  Use a glue stick to attach your collection to your journal pages. You can, of course, use a poster board or a surface much larger than the size of your journal; but to the traveler, portability is everything. Restrictions on size do not necessarily result in restrictions on creativity. Rather, constraints tend to enrich creative endeavor.

3.  Bits from your collection may be attached as you receive them, or they may be collected and composed more intentionally on the page. When laying out a page with several different items, consider how they inter-relate, and play with presenting them in a way that emphasizes their role in your life.

4.  Use words liberally in this process: you are not confined to pictures. But collage makes us see the way words work in a whole new light. Use words graphically, and they take on significant weight and meaning.

5.  Journal the old-fashioned way (that is, in hand writing!) about your experience of collage-making. What about the process of making the collage was especially poignant from the perspective of your current preoccupations?

When it comes to travel, journaling and collaging are a dynamic duo. Of course, you wouldn’t leave home without your trusty journal. You depend on it as the compendium of your adventures. If you also create collages in the pages of your journal, you lend depth and color to your descriptions.

However, collage for the purpose of documenting and preserving for posterity is one thing: vision collaging is a bit different. When you start out making a vision collage, you don’t really know where you’re going with it. You’re a seeker, and you willingly succumb to whims, questions, and surprises in your effort to discover.

So when you’re doing a vision collage about travel, your collection will be miscellaneous items pertaining to the place(s) you long to visit, or the journeys you want to undertake, or whatever other travel hankering obsesses you. Once you have a few images or other bits set aside, take some quiet time to arrange them on a page in your journal. Notice your thoughts and feelings as you work through this task. Jot down the inner impressions that stand out to you. Be mindful of self-censoring and try to avoid it. Report without judgment.

As it relates to travel, a vision collage may clarify your hopes for an upcoming trip you are planning, or it may help you deal with an unfulfilled yen to see the world. If you love to travel but can’t do it as much as you like, vision collages

  • Afford hours of dreaming about travel,
  • Let you explore where you want to go,
  • Give you an image you can return to often for comfort and inspiration.

Want to see Bali, Dubai, or Peru? Longing for the coast, the mountains, the desert? Collage it and then journal about the experience of making the collage. The more real your dream is, well, the more real it is! Make it so, using your journal/collage combo.

How does this work? We can have visions in our head, in our imagination, and that’s a good start. Translating those visions to actual pictures is even better. Then, as we contemplate the image we have made, the picture seeps into our consciousness. Over time, it gains a far greater chance of becoming a reality in our life.

A vision collage in your journal is the first step to making your dreams come true.

About  Mari L. McCarthy

Mari is a Journaling Therapy Specialist and founder of Journaling for the Health of It™.  Besides her blog she is the author of several books including Who Are You? How to Use Journaling Therapy to Know and Grow Your Life and Your Money Matters! Use Journal Writing Therapy to Get Financially Fit Now.

Her latest book is Dark Chocolate for the Journaler’s Soul. Journaling, like chocolate, is more fun when shared. Dark Chocolate for the Journaler’s Soul is a gathering of 17 journalers all sharing their joys, tips, and journeys with you!

The fifty-one page Dark Chocolate for the Journaler’s Soul e-book compiles the journaling journeys of seventeen journalers who have shared their stories on Create Write Now’s Journal Writing Transforms You blog. Reading these stories is both comforting and enlightening, sort of like dark chocolate, a food that is good for your health despite being sinfully delicious!

Dark Chocolate is a community of journalers sharing what they love, and since the holidays are all about community, friendship, and a bit of self indulgence there is no better time to share Dark Chocolate.

Sounds fabulous, right?  And Mari has graciously donated a copy of her ebook, Dark Chocolate for the Journaler’s Soul to give to one of my readers!

To enter for a chance to win, please leave a comment on where you have always wanted to travel to and why.

You have until Thursday, December 29th midnight PST to enter.  I will use to select a winner.

Good luck!

About Andi Fisher

I'm a lifestyle blogger focused on travel and food. I love to travel via my stomach eating and seeking out local artisans to feature here. I'm a big supporter of the blogging community and love highlighting travel and food bloggers for you to meet.


  1. I’ve always wanted to travel to England and see where the Brontes lived and Jane Austen.

  2. I love the idea of using a journal as a vision board. Currently, I’d like to find a way to visit Mozambique where my sister is living. I think it would be so wonderful to go to this country I know very little about and have a personal tour guide, and of course, take a few days to explore South Africa!

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