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.
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?
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?