Thursday, July 9th, 2015

The Art of Keeping a Travel Journal

Stephanie

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Have you ever considered keeping a travel journal? Whether you plan to be backpacking around the world for the next five years, or simply taking a long weekend several miles from home, a travel journal can be really helpful in gaining a broader perspective of the world outside your door.

Direct records of a traveler’s experiences date back to Pausanias in the 2nd century AD and James Boswell’s 1786 Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides. – per Wiki 

If the concept of travel journaling is new to you, here’s a few tips to get you started:

  • Take a journal relative in size to the length of time you will be away. If possible, carry your journal with you at all times.
  • Consider taking more than one or two of your favorite pens or pencils so you have options based on mood or environment.
  • If the journal or notebook you choose does not have a back pocket, consider keeping an envelope inside the journal to hold ticket stubs, brochures or other ephemera from your travels.
  • Consider including contact information inside the front cover case in case your journal gets lost.
  • An easy way to capture your experience is to write words or short phrases to summarize the events of the day. Add additional details as time permits.
  • Use highly descriptive words for how things look, smell, taste, etc.
  • Too tired to write at the end of the day? Try writing about the previous day upon awakening
  • Keep a meal log- taking time to notate local ingredients, unique preparations or presentations.

If you are a seasoned travel journalist, what other suggestions would you offer to those just starting out? 

How to Keep a Travel Journal And Hold On to Memories the Old-Fashioned Way at Woman on the Road

9 Tips for Those Who Struggle to Keep a Travel Journal at Solo Traveler

How to Keep a Travel Journal At BootsnAll

How to write the perfect travel journal at Wanderlust

6 Tips for Keeping a Travel Journal at Pacsafe


3 thoughts on “The Art of Keeping a Travel Journal

  1. Keeeping any journal (travel, laboratory, design, engineering, movie, diary) requires discipline, paper, and a writing instrument. That’s about it. Most of us lack the discipline. But, hokey smokes, can we spend money on cool tools or what!

  2. I do it Stephanie but it’s far less organized than many of the suggestions you reference. Usually at the end of the day I sit down and just recap the days events. What did we do for breakfast, did we try a new coffee blend, did we find a great hole in wall cafe. Then I go on to what we did, fun encounters, new knowledge, things to look for when we get back home and any other memorable moments. I wish I could be more disciplined with added some pics but in the end it works for us. I’ve only been doing it a couple of years now but even looking back now it gives us a smile. Of course it’s all in a Rhodia Webbie!

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