Travel Journaling 101
When you are a traveler, you spend most of the time taking pictures and making memories. These memories are going to stay with you for the rest of your life. Is there something we’re missing? Perhaps, writing a journal that will hold all those memories with a story to tell, is what you are looking for.
Before you move forward with this article, just ask yourself what are you looking for in a travel journal? A lot of people confuse ‘travel journal’ with ‘logging records’. It might be a part of the journaling, however, it is just a short, crisp and to the point entry. Your travel journal will talk all about your travel story. Therefore, if you plan to write a memoir with details of your travel, this article has all that you need to know.
Pick your journal– When writing a travel journal, you need to understand that it will contain a lot of information; therefore, a notebook or journal that is small in size won’t really serve your purpose. You’ll need something that will allow you enough space to include every little detail you want to preserve.
For example, if you are out to the mountains, you’ll have numerous things running in your head like the mountains, the lush greenery around, narrow rivers, birds, people, food, drinks, local dance, local music, clothes, market, lodge, temples, etc. You cannot attempt to fit all of these in a single page or two. Depending on the number of days you are planning to stay there, your story of that place will keep expanding with every day.
Itinerary of your Travel– The first thing that you need to include at the beginning of your journal is the itinerary of your travel. Your date, time and day of travel is the first thing you will look at when you open your journal. Also, include a map to the place you are visiting and pin it at the forefront of your journal for reference.
Use Notes to tell a Story– If you have selected an elegant handmade buffalo leather journal,for instance, you wouldn’t want to spoil it with errors, would you? To avoid unplanned or unwanted entries, make sure to carry extra papers with you. Whenever you come across ideas, moments to jot down or minor information, you can use the paper for bullet points. Later, you can convert those into a written travelogue in your travel diary and discard once done.
Fill your Journal– Imagine having a travel journal full of words. It will have nothing exciting unless you can capture a few moments and make the most of the available space. Incorporate photographs, doodles, stickers, bills of hotel, travel and food, dried leaves or flowers from that place, all around your journal. That will make a big difference in terms of presentation, plus, it would be a nice travelogue to flaunt out too!
It will take a while to get the hang of journaling while traveling but in the long run it’ll be great to be able to relive your journey whenever you want. There’s something very satisfying about being about to capture such memories and to be able to have a physical representation of them.
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