You're (probably) a writer.
If you're following my writing themed blog, chances are you write in some form or another. Why should you stop writing while you're on holiday? You could be inspired by so many new experiences, people, and emotions - good and bad. You might also have more time on your hands, if it's a relaxing poolside trip you've planned.
Personal jottings last longer than detailed memories.
Reading back over some of my past travel journals, there are many things I found I'd forgotten about. Sure, photos can help your memories last longer, but your written word can put a real personal spin on your time abroad. You can even make your diary a bit of a scrap book with receipts from your first taste of lobster, tickets for that rickety old bus journey you took through the mountains, the maple leaf you plucked and dried from Niagara Falls.
Travel diaries can be your best friend.
Photos are there to be shown, treasured and shared with your family and friends, as well as a keepsake for yourself. A diary, on the other hand, can be a much more personal account of your trip - your trusted confidant. I know I've used a travel journal in the past to vent a little, when a day or two hasn't been going so well and I've felt frustrated beyond what I thought was possible. No one will ever read these entries (I hope!) but it acted as a kind of therapy for me at the time. A little bit of 'me-time' and some sanity was grabbed in the moments I was divulging my secret feelings with pen and paper. Share your thoughts, your feelings, your wishes... It's all a part of your trip.
This post is dedicated to Jayson who sadly passed away last August. He featured in my holiday journal, if only for a short time, when I was in Costa Rica (2012).
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