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7 reasons why you need to keep a travel journal

When you travel, it can be easy to get caught up in all the things you’re doing, all the places you’re going and all the people you meet. But one of the best things you can do while you’re travelling is to keep a journal. 


This is a great way to keep track of everything you’re doing and to give yourself a break to reflect on your adventures. However, there are plenty of other reasons why you should be keeping a travel journal, and we’re going to explore seven of them.



1 - Because Memory is Not Reliable

You’re probably going to remember the major parts of your trip, but what about the smaller yet equally amazing memories you have through your journey?

Whether it’s a cool conversation you had, something you saw or did, writing notes means you’ll never run the risk of forgetting about your excellent experience.


2 - A Place to Capture Notes

Meeting someone and want to remember their name to add on social media? Perhaps you’re sharing their email address or phone number. Maybe you need to write down an address of a hostel, or the date that something is taking place. 

We can’t always rely on technology because, at some point, it’s bound to go wrong. Instead, use your travel journal as the place to help you stay on top of things.


3 - A Dedicated Memory Book

We live in an age where smartphones rule, but there’s something undeniably special about keeping a physical book of memories. You could keep an individual book for each journey, and not only keep your writing in it, but also print out photos you can cherish forever.


4 - Better Details

Storing your recollections is one thing, but actually being able to recall experiences in vivid detail can add a whole new dimension to your memories, which is why it’s so important to write everything down.

“Remember to try and write things down as soon as possible in order to get all the details. One of the best ways is to set aside time every single evening to write about the day you’ve just had. Try to write at the same time and in the same style with a minimum word count in order to create the habit”, says John Selfe, a lifestyle writer for Academized and Paper Fellows.


5 - Get Creative

While you’re travelling, you can spend a lot of time seeing things and going places, but there’s rarely an opportunity to actually get creative yourself

If you’re travelling for a longer period of time, this can be counterproductive to creative types of people. So getting yourself a travel journey is a great place to take notes anddoodle. You’ll never have a boring train journey again.


6 - A Place to Plan

While it’s nice to go travelling without a set plan - so you’re free to explore - sometimes you’re going to have to plan certain things, such as items on your bucket list.

Keepin a diary is a great way to help you stay organized, and to ensure you don’t miss out on anything while you’re on your trip.


7 - A Chance to Breathe

Travelling can be so much fun, that it’s easy to forget to take a break and let your experiences soak in. This is so important if you want to grow as an individual.

“When traveling, make sure you’re taking the time to pause, write and reflect on the activities you’re going through and the people you’re meeting. Let it all soak into you to help you become a better, more cultured and growing individual” shares Ellen Newbury, a travel blogger for Australian Help and State of Writing.


There are plenty of reasons why you’d want to keep a travel journal while you’re exploring the world. Be sure to invest in a nice book you like with a beautiful design and don’t forget to have the time of your life.


Freddie Tubbs is a lifestyle writer and editor at Essayroo. He regularly takes part in travel events and conferences, and contributes posts to UKwritings and Boomessays blogs.


Written by: Freddie Tubbs
Published: 16 November 2018

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