Why Journaling Will Make You A Better Traveler

Journaling is a fun and easy way to record your travels, understand your experiences, and reflect on your learnings. You don’t have to be an experienced writer to start journaling too, find out how with these tips from a nomad.

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Journaling helps you explore your own thoughts, beliefs and values. It is an opportunity for reflection on your own conscious growth and development.

Travelers find themselves in new and exciting situations, and this lack of routine creates a heightened sense of awareness and perception.

Traveling is a great time to journal as you will constantly be experiencing fresh insights and unique experiences.

Why Should Travelers Journal?

Journaling has long been a pastime of successful people throughout history. As a means of self-reflection, growth, and development. Jim Rohn, the late personal development coach, describes journals as one of the three treasures to leave your children.

Einstein believed “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change”.

Journaling provides the perfect opportunity to look at your decisions differently and reframe negative experiences. It gives you the chance to remember, process, and develop from your travel experiences.

You should write in your personal voice to communicate what you are experiencing. We usually confide our thoughts and feelings in close confidantes, family, and friends.

However, as travelers, we don't always have these opportunities when traveling and meeting new people. Writing in a journal has the same effect as confiding and can boost your mood after releasing pent up emotions and frustrations.

But what Exactly is a Travel Journal?

Anything can be kept in a journal - there are no rules.

Inside your journal you can keep records of stories, people you’ve met, places you've been, goals, dreams, travel itineraries, plans, drawings, ideas, contact details, inspiration, quotes, poems, art, memorabilia…

The more varied the information and style you put into your journal, the more fun you’ll have creating it.

We often collect ticket stubs, coins, and souvenirs in the back of our journals, adding, and sticking in pictures. Adding a visual layer to the journal gives that little bit more to evoke a sense of place.

How Can I Start Journaling?

To begin journaling, a common technique is to write the subject in the middle of the page and recall everything about that one particular experience or place.

This triggers lots of memories you can use for writing.

From the list, choose the memories that had the biggest impact on you, where you learned the most, and where you changed any beliefs and perceptions. Then begin with the date and place you are in.

Leave all judgement at the door when writing – it’s for you and nobody else. Being honest with yourself is the key to a good journal.

The deeper you go into your own experiences, the more benefit you’ll reap from a journal.

Journaling is best when done alone, in a good environment, some relaxing music, and no time restriction.

If you want to capture a little piece of the different cultures from your travels, invite fellow travellers to contribute towards your journal by giving them one page each.

Start writing your journal today and have fun expressing yourself, developing, and writing!

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