Write Along the Way


Because remembering isn’t the only benefit of journaling while you travel

When we travel, we take in a lot of everything all at once. Our outlook is different. The ordinary things we overlook at home are fascinating. Our senses exaggerate what we perceive in those daily items and rituals. This new perspective is great for our wellbeing and attitude. It’s why people travel to learn or vacation to take a break. We think differently when we aren’t home. But later, it’s hard to recall all of it –– the rooms you stayed in, the meals you ate, the people you met and the things you saw. Benjamin Disraeli, a nineteenth century novelist and British Prime Minister, famously said: “Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.” Our minds have a funny way of embellishing details and leaving others out entirely. Journaling is a great way to help you remember your trip and share it with your friends and family. You can keep all the details and stories of your trip in one convenient place. This is one of the most obvious advantages of journaling, but there are some great benefits that people overlook. For one, journaling can help you maintain your new away-from-home mindset by alleviating some of the stress associated with traveling. Writing or sketching in a notebook helps people sort through all of the little anxieties that traveling can generate. Travel journals can also be great sources of inspiration. For the creative types, trips and memories often encourage writing, painting and other artist ventures long after an individual has returned home. But inspiration doesn’t just latch onto artists. Journals can inspire family vacations –– grandchildren can retrace the cross-country trek their grandparents took decades before. There are a ton of reasons to journal on your trip, but make it easy for yourself. You don’t have to lug around a giant leather-bound notebook. You can write lists on napkins or your favorite part of your day on postcards. People have really creative ideas for journaling –– you can even make short daily video entries. One of the most popular ways to journal now is via blogging. Keeping a travel blog is great for a couple of reasons. You get all the benefits of journaling –– the therapy of writing and a good account of your trip to look back on –– but also, you can share stories and pictures from trip with your friends and family at home. This means, no more mass emails. (Hooray!) But really, take a few minutes every now and then on your trip to write a little. You’ll be surprised how much you’ll appreciate it when you get home. If you’re not sure how a travel blog would work, check out TravelBlogs.com. It’s full of interesting blogs from people all over the place doing exactly what you do: travel.