It goes without saying that memories of trips and vacations fade with time. If you learn how to keep a travel journal, this need not be the case.
Traveling tends to be a schizophrenic event. On one hand, there is the trip you intended to take and may have even organized down to the tiniest detail. Then there is reality. Reality, of course, is what really happens as you head perpendicular to your original travel plans. It is these changes that provide the unique fodder to your trip that you’ll want to remember for years. This is where keeping a travel journal become invaluable.
Keeping a travel journal is a simple task and worth its weight in gold. It is a given that you will forget funny little events as the years pass. I’ve lived and/or traveled in over 40 countries and forgotten more than I care to admit, which is how NomadJournals.com came into being. There is nothing worse than reminiscing with a friend and not remembering what the heck they are talking about. This need not be the case.
The good news is keeping a travel journal is a simple task. First you’ll need something to write in such as our Nomad Journals. Once you have it, the key is not so much what you write, but when you write it.
When traveling, there is more down time than any of us would like to admit. Sitting in airports, bus station and hotels gives you plenty of time to write. An ideal time is just before hitting the sack as you have a quit moment to reflect on the good, the bad and the funny snippets of the day. Since everyday holds interesting little adventures, try to write at least once ever two days.
The writing itself need not be complicated. You are writing the journal for YOURSELF. Don’t worry about punctuation, grammar and so on. If you want to write paragraphs, then write paragraphs. If you want to just keep notes, then just keep notes. If you want to doodle, for the love of God go ahead and doodle. You will not be graded!
Although you are writing for yourself, there is one bit of information you should always write down. When you meet people while traveling, you tend to write down names, phone numbers and email addresses on thing such as napkins, maps and brochures. Much like socks in a dryer, these will mysterious disappear during your trip. If you keep a travel journal, you will be able to FIND the information when you return from you trip. Just whip open your travel journal, find the email address and you’ll have a friend for life.
Keeping a travel journal is incredibly simple. You just write whatever you want. As time passes, you’ll be happy you did.