Why You Should Travel Picnic + Free Printable for a Travel Journal

Travel Journal about your picnic! Download this free printable I made for you!

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Why should you be picnicking while traveling?

  1. It is way cheaper!

    You can get a meal for two- even in a city grocery store- for 10 Euros!

  2. Live like a Local

    We’re all trying to “live like a local” everywhere we go- and locals don’t pay 25 Euros for a meal every time they want to eat!

Locals shop and work at the market! Where ever you are there is bound to be an amazing market you can shop at! An experience, and a meal!


  1. Learn the culture!

    Grocery stores and markets can tell you so much about the real culture in the place you are staying. The people, the selection, advertisements, ect.

  2. Great Views!

    You can literally eat with a view of the Eiffel Tower- with no reservations! (In Paris specifically I suggest a picnic along the Seine). As long as the area is public, safe, and not to crowded you can picnic anywhere!

  3. Splurging won’t break the bank!

    This tip is especially good for the budget travelers. When you want that expensive bottle of wine for your picnic, it is suddenly affordable thanks to the money you are saving!

  4. You know what you’re eating!

    Picnicking will be a great relief from all of the menus and waiters you can’t understand! It’s also guaranteed to fit your diet! So if you are a vegetarian or vegan, you don’t have to worry about scanning the menu for your special selection! Check out this post about staying healthy while traveling

  1. Time Sensitive Schedules

    If you only have 24 hours in a city, waiting for a check at the restaurant can take forever! With a picnic you can continue your sight-seeing while stopping for a break and a meal!


Did I hear someone say Sunset Picnic With A View of The Ocean?!



  1. Weather, if you planned a picnic but it starts raining with no shelter close, you might have to eat at home.

… that’s really it for the downsides…


  • Get fresh produce at markets!
  • Get fresh bread at bakeries!
Yummy Whole Grain Bread in Bordeaux
  • Use google maps to find a local grocery store
  • Carry your backpack to put the groceries in after purchase and to take the left overs home
  • If you know you will be on the ground, you can always bring a small blanket or scarf
  • Keep an eye on the weather!
  • Use it as a break in a long day of walking
Yay for a rest with a view of Pont de Pierre
  • You can always go somewhere for dessert after
  • If you want to make it romantic, bring a bouquet of flowers!
  • If you don’t like to drink wine from the bottle, grab plastic cups


Lunch beside Canal Saint Martin in Paris? Anyone?


An updated list of the places I have successfully picnicked!

  • Paris
    • Eiffel Tower
    • Luxembourg Gardens
    • Sacré-Cœur
    • Le Palais Royal
    • River Seine near the Louvre
  • Bordeaux
    • Grand Théâtre
    • Riverside park near Place du Bourse
    • Jardin Public
    • Saint-Estéphe Town Square
    • MortagneSur Girond
  • Madrid
    • Plaza Mayor (kind of)
  • USA
    • Lake beaches in Morehead, KY
    • Every state-park in Kentucky


Wanderlust Picnics

  • On a canal in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Piazzale Michelangelo in Florence, Italy
  • Hyde Park in London, UK
  • Cliffs of Moher in Ireland
  • Along a canal in Venice, Italy
  • On a Cliffside in Cinque Terre, Italy


In the comments, continue a list of Wanderlust Picnics!

Where have you picnicked? Where do you want to?


  1. I love picnicking while traveling! You really found amazing view to the Eiffel tower to have picnic 🙂

    I would add to wanderlust picnic places anywhere in Finland when it is snowing and Ueno park in Tokyo (I have done those and loved them). And picnics I haven’t yet tried but will someday in the future are now those you listed in your text 🙂 Thanks for inspiring me!

  2. I love this! I almost always have a picnic lunch when I’m away, it can get so expensive to eat in a restaurant all the time. With a picnic you can get the best views and the best food, whenever you like 🙂

    Also, why do you want to eat a picnic in Hyde Park? It’s horrible, flat and dusty. Check out Hampstead Heath instead! I’ve actually written a post about this before: https://afarawayhome.wordpress.com/2016/07/15/9-things-youd-prefer-to-do-in-london/

    1. I agreee – or Bishop’s Park, inside the walled garden there is amazing places to picnic surrounded by flowers and blossom trees

      1. Will have to agree on that one as well! Hyde Park is pretty boring^^ Holland Park is my personal favourite 🙂

  3. Brooke we’re huge believers in picnics which have a been a part of our travel experience for decades. You post has great tips and should be helpful for anyone new to the travel game. Your list of picnic spots is a great idea and would make an interesting post: something like “The Top 10 Scenic Picnic Spots.” ~James

    1. Ooohhhhh great idea!!!!! And thank you for the extremely kind words. They mean so much to me. Maybe we could make that post together if you wanted!!!!

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