Keeping a Travel Journal

Whether you are travel to overseas for a couple of months or spending a long weekend in a neighboring city, keeping a travel journal can be a wonderful idea.  It doesn’t have to be fancy, expensive or complicated but it can provide you with a lifetime of memories of your trip.  Sure there are some aspects of your trip that you may never forget but remembering particular details such as street names, historic dates or other significant facts could be more difficult.  For this reason, it is advisable that you take many pictures and keep a journal while you are on your trip.  This will give you a way to accurately recall the events of your trip. 

A notebook sized journal is an excellent idea if you plan to insert pictures into your journal to create a kind of scrap book of your adventure.  Consider choosing a book that is large enough for pictures but small enough to fit comfortable in your backpack or purse so that you can keep it close at hand during your adventures.  This will make it extremely convenient to pull out your journal each time you want to record a specific event or document a certain part of your trip.  When you take pictures, record the location and date that the picture was taken as well as any other significant facts about the landmark.  Also, leave a space in your journal to add the picture in later so that it appears directly above or below your comments. 

If you wish to just maintain a literary record of your travels, you might find a pocket sized notebook to be extremely useful.  This is extremely portable and you can easily carry it with you wherever you go so that you don’t miss a single thing.  While you may be tempted to write down every detail of your trip and it is a good idea to record as much as possible, do not get so caught up in writing about your adventures that you fail to thoroughly enjoy them. 

Another journal method for travel is to keep your journal in your hotel room and write about the day’s adventures at the conclusion of the day.  This may not be the best option if you are looking for accurate records of where you went and what you saw because even by the end of the day you may have forgotten some details.  This option, however, is ideal for those who are looking to create a memory of their thoughts and feelings while on vacation. 

Another fun journal idea is to keep a record of those who you meet while on vacation.  You could consider taking pictures of each person you meet and getting their name and address so that you can exchange pictures and letters in the future.  This is a great way to create lasting friendships while you are on vacation.

Whatever journal option you choose, it is important to remember that the method that works best for you is the method that you should use.  If you are adept at conveying the feelings and emotions of the day then you might prefer a journal that is more based on emotion.  Conversely, if you are better at recording details and remembering locations and dates you might choose a more detail orientated journal. 

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