Why And How To Keep A Travel Journal
“We had the best time on our cruise last summer, I just wish my memory was better so I could remember every treasured detail of our trip…names, places, stories, all the wonderful details.”
It’s interesting…we all think that something so great couldn’t be forgotten, but once our vacation is over, and we’re back home, being busy and living life, it’s doesn’t stay in the forefront of our minds.
One of the things most of us do while we’re traveling is buy souvenirs for ourselves to help us remember, but the very best souvenir you can give yourself is a travel journal. Sadly, many people think that journaling is tedious and time consuming, but it doesn’t have to be, it can be fun and creative, as well as the very best way to store your memories so they are always at your fingertips.
There is no right or wrong way to keep your travel journal, it’s all about you, your experience, what you want to remember and how you want to remember it. I’ve put together a few tips to help you get started, but whatever you do, make it your own.
Tips for starting your travel journal…
- Let’s start with the basics…You’ll need to have some type of notebook and a pen. Some people prefer a spiral notebook, some would prefer to keep it digitally, while others would like a beautiful journal for each trip. The choice is yours…on your
- ***Just a note, if you keep your journal digitally (on your smartphone, a tablet, or even a laptop), you can download pictures you have taken and embed them. If you journal in a notebook, you can add actual pictures, postcards dried flowers or little mementos, much like a small scrapbook.
- Make sure your itinerary is listed at the beginning, along with why you wanted to go on this trip.
- Decide when you will make your journal entries. Journaling during your trip will help you keep your experiences and feelings fresh in your mind
- Before you begin to make a journal entry, take rime to reflect on the day and the things you experienced, it will give you clarity on what you want to document.
- Decide if you want to follow a theme in your journal, or just record the things that made you happy, the people you meet, places you eat, or things that amazed you. Write what’s important to you, and the highlights of each day.
- Don’t forget the people you met…add pictures, contact information, what you did together. You can even have them write a sentence or two in your journal.
- If you are feeling creative, don’t be afraid to use your artistic talents and add a sketch or two.
- This is your journal – have fun with it, and when you get home, don’t pack it away somewhere so you will forget to pull it out, and have a good time remembering!
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