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