You can take plenty of photographs on your vacation, even a video off your phone these days is easy, but those things won’t help you record the little incidents that give meaning to your vacation.
A journal of your vacation is the place to keep notes of the small things that give color to your trip. It is also the place to keep the details of the big things that make a vacation memorable.
Keeping a Travel Journal is Easy
If you don’t usually keep a journal, that’s okay. There is just one rule in journaling: it’s your journal and nothing else matters. It isn’t necessary to go into great detail if you don’t want to. You shouldn’t worry about your spelling or grammar. The important thing is to record those things that will trigger the memories of the vacation.
It is your journal and that allows you to keep your thoughts on all of the things that are important just to you.
For example, what did you feel like when you found out that the gentleman who gave you directions in Washington, DC was the Ambassador from France.
The photograph of the outdoor food court in Singapore was nice, but what did the place smell like; what kind of food did you try and what was it like; and how did the locals react to seeing an American tourist away from the usual tourist places.
That is the kind of experience that everyone has at one time or another, but only those people who keep a travel journal will be able to savor the memory long after the trip is over.
Keeping a Journal is a Great Experience
The longer you keep the journal the more you will find yourself mentally noting the small things that should be recorded. A young girl’s eyes when she first sees the Grand Canyon can only be properly described by a parent who keeps a journal. The teen age boy, who considers himself too cool to be seen with his parents even on vacation, can’t stop talking to you about his first ride on the Powell Street cable car in San Francisco.
There is no way to keep that memory except in your travel journal.
The Best Journal Is…
Having the proper tools is important, of course. The journal can be just a few scraps of paper, but those are likely to get lost. A book of blank pages designed specifically as a journal is the best way to go.
You should look for the kind of book that you feel comfortable carrying and using. And you should look for a journal that can be used for many trips and will last for many years. After all, this is likely to be the book that you go back to regain the warmth of that trip that meant so much to you.
When the children are grown, and the grand parents have passed away, it will be your journal, there to remind you of the good times and the places you visited.
Lasting Pictures AND Now Words
Now that you have a journal be sure to have it with you at all times. Perhaps place the journal with your camera so that, just like the photographs you should be taking, you will have your journal handy to record the memories in a different way.
A vacation is a set of shared experiences between friends and family members. You may find that the memories of those experiences are quite different when you see them and now, read them back years later