Travel journals provide you with a lasting memory of your vacations to refer to over and over again. However, a travel journal is much more than just an account of what you saw, did or ate. Writing a journal is an art and written with all of your senses.
How do you write a travel journal?
First, decide on who will be your audience. Who are you writing for? Yourself, a personal memoir, or a story to share with family and friends.
Next, find a theme for your journal. This can be hard to come up with at first, but think of what you did or saw and write about it. Just write. Write about the first thing that comes to you. A theme will soon emerge.
To help you discover your theme, below are a few questions to ask yourself.
- What made you smile today?
- What surprised you?
- What did you learn?
- Who did you meet?
- What was the highlight of your day?
As you write, bring your story to life by using all of your senses: sound, smell, taste, feel, sight, touch.
The people you meet are often the most memorable part of your trip. Describe the people you meet and interact with. Almost always, there will be at least one unique and interesting person that stood out. It may have been something they said, did or even what they wore.
Your journal does not have to be all words, either. Even if you are not an artist, you can draw or sketch pictures to complement your story.
During your trip you can also collect memorabilia such as tickets, menus, postcards, etc. to glue in your journal.
This is your travel journal. Allow your creativity to flow as you write, draw and create a visual memory of your trip to share upon your return home.
To get the most out of your journal, it is important to set a time each day to make make regular notes. Write your journal entries as you go so that key points are fresh in your memory. It is much harder to recall facts and feelings when you return home.
Travel Journal Kit
So, you want to write a travel journal, but do not know where to start?
Creating your travel journal kit does not have to be an expensive exercise. The below items are basic tools to help you get started in creating your lasting travel memories.
- A5 Notebook
- Pens and pencils
- Coloured pencils
- Sticky tap or glue stick
- Small pencil case
This is an edited extract from my new eBook “The Smart Traveller’s Guide” which is scheduled for release on Amazon 1 August 2020.
On the Resource page I will be providing some travel templates and tools over the next few months to assist travellers like you plan and prepare for your vacations.
Photos courtesy of Google Clip Art Gallery