What kinds of traveling do you do? Whether you hit the road every weekend or only get out of town once in a blue moon, keeping a journal while you travel enriches the experience. Sending journal-entry “postcards” to yourself supplies many satisfactions.
The moments of quiet writing provide the relaxation and reflection that help you better enjoy the rest of your travel day. By articulating your plans, experiences, and thoughts in your journal, you strengthen your perception, appreciation, and curiosity.
Another benefit of journaling your travels is that you can make lists of supplies, towns, equipment, landmarks. You can make note of what works as planned and what doesn’t, for future reference.
And of course, an important reason to journal is to provide a record of your experience for posterity.
Note that different people may journal their travels in vastly different ways. One might make lists of activities experienced each day. Another might let their stream of consciousness range freely for an hour after breakfast. One describes in detail the open air market visited today, and another pours out love sickness on every page. This person journals about the accommodations and that one explores the local history.
You want your travel journal to be compact. Depending on your particular journaling habit, you may even want the journal to be pocket-sized. Carry a pen that won’t leak.
It’s best to journal when you are comfortable doing so, and not because you’ve committed to it. Don’t force anything. If you are new to journaling, you might have to focus hard the first few times, but the process should become self-motivating before long. Journaling and traveling go together like yin and yang.
That means that some might journal every few days, while some might be making notes all day long. One journaler will whip out his notebook when the spirit calls, while another will dedicate a certain hour to the task. Some may write for an hour every morning; some will scribble a quick ten minutes before nodding out at night. It’s the reliability and not the frequency that matters.
Don’t forget to add glued-in collage elements – bits of cards, photos, tickets, stickers, whatever – that are also part of your travel adventure.
One enchanting way to enrich your journaling practice is to include sketches. This is an especially good idea when you’re traveling, and being exposed to new sights. You don’t have to be an artist to sketch in your journal, either. You just have to do it.
Once you start journaling as you journey, you’ll want to keep it up for the riches it returns to you. Later, you’ll look back through the lens of your journal and know again the full satisfaction of your travel experiences.
You wouldn’t travel without your camera, would you? The same applies to that little journal book!
Mari is a Journaling Therapy Specialist and founder of Journaling for the Health of It™. Visit Mari’s blog for more post on creative journaling. In Who Are You? How to Use Journaling Therapy to Know and Grow Your Life, Mari presents a gentle process for self discovery through journaling.
Mari’s latest publication is titled, Your Money Matters! Use Journal Writing Therapy to Get Financially Fit Now.
And Mari has graciously donated a copy of her ebook, Who Are You? How to Use Journaling Therapy to Know and Grow Your Life to give to one of my fabulous readers!
To enter for a chance to win, please leave a comment on whether you keep a travel journal or not and how you use it if you do. If you don’t journal, leave a comment letting me know why you don’t! This could be your chance to get started!
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