A travel journal is easy to start. You get a notebook and a pen and there you go. You write ferociously the first few days then the entries get shorter and then days get skipped and if your trip is long enough, it may be neglected altogether by the end. How sad. My travel journals are such a pleasure to read years later and I’m flooded by wonderful memories and seem fresh again even after decades. I hope you or your child start a journal and here’s some ways to make writing in it a pleasurable part of your journey.
Here’s some tips how to succeed at writing an interesting journal.
— Start your journal before you go. Write how excited you are in anticipation of your adventure.
— Tell your self this isn’t homework.
— Lighten up .. write when you want and as much as you want, a little or a lot.
— Do begin every entry with the day of the week and the date.
— Don’t write a list of what you did that day.
— Take an experience that really impacted you and write in depth about that.
— Try to be very descriptive and use all your senses if appropriate.
— If you fear writers’ block, set out to write a “favorites” journal … favorite place, best meal, most wonderful spot, best sunset, favorite person, most embarrassing moment, you get the idea!
— Try to write about these things when they are fresh instead of putting it off.
— You can decide on a family journal where everyone records their impressions in the same book!
— Add photos, memoribilia, receipts, drawings are really great!
— Write at a different time every day ..not just before bed. Maybe in a cafe, on the train, or at the hotel.
Try these ideas and you’ll enjoy your trip many time over!