Buy a blank book or a notebook with a particular journal topic in mind and keep this book for only that topic. You may decide to keep several kinds of journals at the same time, so remember that you do not have to journal every day.
Because without one, you will arrive home, get back in your routines, and the memories of that fabulous, fun trip will fade away – guaranteed! Within embarrassingly too few days or weeks after arriving home, your wonderful memories will have melted into one big fat faded trip with just a title like New York or Italy or Oh Yes, Where Was That?
Do the words “travel journal” bring up images of grade school essays, “What I did on my summer vacation?” Are you a person who groans at the thought of keeping a trip journal, claiming that you are on vacation? Are you one who believes writing is an assignment rather than a pleasure? If so, perhaps it is time to look at writing with new eyes.
I have a friend who professionally writes, and she loves to write. She keeps a daily journal, taking it with her when she is on trips. As soon as the flight attendant gives permission to use the plane’s drop-down trays, she takes out her journal and begins capturing her her adventure.