Travel Journaling | Out and About

IN THE BEGINNING THERE WAS a journal and that journal had blank pages and the blank pages called to me. . . . . . “Tammie, fill me up with words, stories, opinions, memories. . . . . .” Okay, so they really don’t “call” to me, but the part of my soul that seeks expression is definitely drawn to the written word.

This was the beginning of a post I wrote a couple of years ago and I love it. It is still exactly how I feel about journaling and like I have said before, there is no right or wrong way to journal. It is a completely individualized endeavor. Unique to the person who journals in every way.

Travel journaling requires no special talent or equipment. You most certainly do not have to have any extraordinary writing abilities or any special way of observing what is around you, you just have to have the WANT to record it in some way.

While on a trip to NYC in June this became crystal clear to me as my sister-in-law recorded everyday of our trip on her phone. She did it in the most simple, concise manner and I loved it and had her send me the hard copy of what she had put into her phone. The date, the activities in the exact order that the activities happened, one right after the other.

Travel Journaling | Out and About

I decided to just paste this into my own travel journal, leaving it just as she had had recorded it with only a tiny little blurb with a few details of the trip. Her listing of the day’s activities instantly paints a picture in my mind of that exact moment on the trip.

That is after all just what a travel journal is supposed to accomplish isn’t it?

Travel Journaling | Out and About

Journaling is an experience that you make for yourself. Plain and simple. You can do whatever you want with whatever equipment you have at hand. Your phone, your laptop computer, your iPad or pen and paper Just start.

How about starting right now, what are you waiting for?

One Response to Travel Journaling | Out and About

  1. I love this post and appreciate why we should journal. I have a journal for every trip our family has gone on over the years – Anasazi tour, Salmon River run, Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, Hawaii, D.C., Glacier and many more. Every night during our trip to Alaska this year I wrote thoughts, events and activities.
    I just recently sorted through these to ensure they were orderly and then read most of them. They are all handwritten with dates, national park stamps, ticket stubs, etc. So happy to have these memories on paper. I always gave a journal to my children to ask them to do the same (sometimes they groaned) and I found my son’s account of our Northwest venture when he was 10. It was priceless. When I die our children may sigh with happiness or groan with what to do with them, but either way I have the memories preserved. THANK YOU for sharing your story.

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