If you’ve been on my blog before, you probably know that I’m a huge advocate for journaling. It’s a great practice to get in the habit of, especially if you’re a writer. It helps boost your creativity, organize your thoughts, and clear your head of all of the metaphorical “garbage” cluttering your thoughts (among other things.)
When traveling, it can be hard to keep up certain aspects of your daily routine that you maintain at home. Travel journals offer the perfect way to maintain the daily habit of journaling while presenting an alternate type of journal more suited for travel.
A travel journal is slightly different than an average, all-purpose journal, the most obvious difference being the use of a travel journal for- you guessed it: traveling. Not only that, but travel journals blend aspects of a travel log, daily journal, and scrapbook together, which is super convenient if you ask me. It essentially combines all of your travel-related matters and stores it in one place.
On my recent trip to Italy this summer, I used my journal to record everything I did each day, as well as everything I ate, because let’s face it- eating is half the fun of traveling. I also used some of the space to glue in physical memorabilia, such as ticket stubs, boarding passes, and Polaroid photos. I had so much fun collecting things (and experiences) to put in the journal throughout the trip, and when I got home, I had an awesome way to look back on my travels! Keeping a travel journal helps you remember your amazing experience in such detail. Reading my journal back now makes me feel like I’m being momentarily transported back to beautiful Italy, eating piles of spaghetti and listening to street performers play their accordions.
In addition to acting as a sort of “diary” to write down the events of each day, being able to write in a travel journal each day is a great way to exercise your “writing muscle.” Just like an athlete has to work out to stay in physical shape, it’s important for writers to work out their metaphorical writing muscle to stay in “shape.” Having a travel journal provides you with a great way to continue writing on a daily basis that will also act as a tangible reminder of your adventures!
Lastly, travel journals are just fun. If you’re like me and you’re a Pinterest fanatic (here’s the link to my Pinterest in case you wanted to check it out,) then you’ll love keeping a travel journal. Unlike a standard journal, travel journals are more visually appealing, and allow yourself to exercise a bit more creativity. I highly suggest that everyone, writer or not, bring a journal along with them on their travels.