The Benefits of Keeping a Travel Journal
A travel journal can become a treasured possession as you look back on your adventures and share with friends and family details of your trip. Keeping a travel journal for the length of your holiday can be a daunting prospect if you aren’t used to journalling but here are some tips and ideas to keep you going.
The Benefits of a Travel Journal
ResearchStart using your travel journal well before you leave home to record notes of any tips people give you or information you have read online. Include the most important information from travel guides in your journal, so you have easy access to the information you need when you get there.
PhotosYou return with a card full of photos but after a while your memory fades and when you look at a photo you can't remember the name of the mountain, river or even town you are standing in. The beauty of digital photos is they stay in chronological order just like your journal so you can add descriptions and notes to your photos when you return home. Refer to your journal to confirm which places you visited on each day of your trip.
Advice for Friends & FamilyIf you have friends or family visiting the same location, use your journal to record names of great restaurants, the cost of activities you recommend, the route you took driving to your destination and anything else you would have liked to know before you arrived.
NostalgiaA journal lets you relive your travel experiences – good and bad. Sure your photos allow you to do this to some extent but a journal allows you to capture the detail of the everyday things that you don’t photograph. You (or even your ancestors) may want to retrace your journey in 10 or 20 years time and a travel journal allows you to do this in detail.
Ideas to Inspire your Travel Journal Writing
What are your expectations?Before you leave home, write an entry about you are expecting to see and learn about the new culture. It may be interesting to see how much or how little your expectations differ from reality.
Build ExcitementWrite some notes about the places you want to visit, photos you want to take and food you would like to taste on your adventure. If you are travelling with your children, ask them what they think they will see and experience on the trip. Record their comments and read them back to them while on holidays.
Ticket stubs and mementosBring your journal to life by including tickets, passes, postcards and brochures. Take a small glue stick with you so you can glue as you go and don’t lose the bits and pieces of paper. Have you children help you so it becomes a family project that everyone can contribute to during downtime.
Travel GuideInclude plenty of notes you can share with friends and family who are intending to travel to the same places as you. They will be grateful for any information you can tell them about attractions you loved and didn’t love and the reasons why. The detailed information allows you to join in their excitement and relive your experience.
Include a Wish ListAt the end of your travel journal include a list of places you would like to visit in future. Make the list part of your goals to cross off as many of the destinations as possible.
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Categories: travel Posted on: Feb 21, 2017