I think travel journals are so important. There are so many cool travel journals out there, especially in places like ‘Type’ (you can find the shop on Queen St, Auckland) or ‘Kikki K’. I always look at them and think ‘next time I travel, I’m going to buy one of these’. But I always end up at the $2 shop. I did get a really cool travel journal for Christmas once (I used it for my Vietnam/Cambodia trip) – it had a pocket for brochures etc.
Now, enough of cool, pretty travel journals.
Here are my reasons as to why I love travel journals.
1) I love sitting down at the end of the day and thinking about all the cool things I’ve done/seen. Writing is a great way for me to unwind and relax. I have a tendency to write down EVERYTHING though…so sometimes it isn’t just a few notes jotted down, it’s like 3-4 pages.
2) I love re-reading them (especially when I just feel like leaving and traveling overseas – I wish I could just drop everything and go, but I can’t 😥 ). It’s nice to remember the things that I have forgotten about – for example, when my brother, sister and I wandered around in Barcelona by ourselves and went shopping. I forgot about the bead shop we found and how my sister and I went and looked at shoes. It’s those little things that are so easy to forget, but once you’ve re-read about it it’s like ‘oh, yeah…’.
3) They are funny. Since I write down every single weird thing that happened, I have a lot of things in my journals that make me laugh. For example, when we were in Amsterdam in ’08 and a cyclist screamed in mum’s face. Another time was when we were in China and a person was following us everywhere trying to sell us stuff. My dad was getting really annoyed and pretty much started running up and down escalators trying to lose this guy.
4) They are great for the later years. My mum loves pulling out her travel journals when she remembers that she has travelled to the same place as me (or travelled to the places I will be going to soon). It’s pretty amazing – she has some fantastic memories in those journals.
5) They look impressive on bookshelves. They make me realise that, hey, I’ve actually been to quite a few places. To me it seems like I haven’t done that much travelling compared to other people. But I have done a lot more travelling than other people I know.
Does anyone else keep a travel journal?