Writing Assignment: Keep A Travel Journal

by Randy Murray on June 17, 2011

There are so many things to do when you travel, but one of the most important is to record what you see, what you do.

Yes, you can take pictures, you can shoot video. But writing about your day of travel is particularly worthwhile. Writing about what you experiences as you experience them will help you to remember things more clearly and deeply.  You can keep it as simple as a calendar entry. Or you can annotate it with photos, drawings, ticket stubs, and captured overheard snippets of dialog. You can detail every moment.

For me, the end of the day entry, diary style, is the most effective. Sit down, take a few moments and think about the day. What did you see? What did you do? Who did you do it with? And what did you talk about, share together?  Just a few minutes of thought, making notes, and these things will be better established, written twice into your memory. You’ll find that you remember them better, in more detail, and retain these memories longer.

For today’s assignment, write a travel journal entry for your journey so far today.


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Barbara Wirth June 20, 2011 at 11:57 pm

Thanks for putting into words the rewards of keeping a travel journal!

You mention putting ticket stubs, drawings, photos and more in them. That definitely adds more fun & deepens the memories for easy recall any time later. It’s like taking the trip again.

Having searched long & hard for a fun travel journal that has the features to do what you talk about, I finally created one that is very innovative, & one, more normal. Please, go check them out at http://www.TravelLegacy.net & let me know what you think.

People would follow your advice to keep a travel journal if they learn that there is a new style — I call it scrapbooking-on-the-go.

Please, share with me your thoughts about what ours offer for doing what you suggest.


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