Recently, I’ve been totally into the idea of consciously keeping a travel journal.
I know a lot of people might think this cheesy. Right after wondering why a travel blogger is just considering owning a journal.
First of all, I must admit that sometimes you don’t know when to stop working and just totally relax into a trip.
I mean you’re on a job right? So it’s follow the itinerary, cross Ts, dot Is and do ‘travel writing’.
However, I want something different from this rigid mode of writing. Cos honestly it can be quite a bore when your only connection to your trip is for content.
I’m the type of person that wants to connect with a place in order to properly express my love about it. It’s why everyone that knows me can easily guess my favorite city in Nigeria. (It’s Calabar BTW)
This is why creating content on Calabar will always be a breeze because unknown to me then, what I was doing was journaling albeit rudimentary, but journaling still.
Of course the reason this was/is feasible is because I took my time to truly experience a place, documenting my journey through photos, poetry and unknown to me, a travel journal.
Why Should I Keep A Travel Journal? 💭
One of the funniest things I heard recently was someone describing their idea of travel writers/ing.
They basically painted a picture with a weirdo perched on a hill scribbling and sniffing the air without speaking to anyone the entire trip. That had me in stitches.
Cos even though that isn’t entirely true, it is not so far from truth either, cos sometimes that ‘weirdo’ is me .😂
The thing is, owning a journal isn’t only about writing essays on ‘How I spent my Christmas Holiday’. A journal can actually be where you document and breakdown what to do before, during and after your trip.
- A travel journal isn’t only about the trip in itself. Your journal can be a place where you intentionally document the processes leading up to a trip. From your preferred locations, activities to participate in, fun facts and lists of stuff you’d need.
- Traveling for me is most times meditative. It helps me sort out my thoughts on different issues and actually draw inspiration too from sounds, random conversations or even smells. And where do I put all that down? Yup, journal. So sometimes the weirdo sniffing the air is just triggered by a smell or sound that helps them put down their thoughts or experiences about a place better.
- It’s a great way to harness or explore your creative side. Notice how sometimes you turn into Picasso with your doodling when waiting for a flight or on a road trip? lol . It could be prose or poetry or random sketches or even short stories, travel journals can be an amazing place to record all the creativity inspired by your travels and is also a great place to go back to when you experiencing a block.
- They make for great personal souvenirs of the places you’ve been. Post cards, local stamps or even something as simple as cute restaurant napkins or flowers can make appearances in your journal. This way you kind of have a tiny piece of all the places you’ve ever been.
Life Tip 💡
Sometimes it so easy to think we a too ‘Nigerian’ for certain things. Like owning a travel journal.
(Cos I can hear your “Na hoosh one be dis? 😒 “ from here)
The truth is, we should learn to live and enjoy life and our surroundings as intentionally as we can.
I mean we only have one, right? So why not make the most of it while we’re here.
Also, it is YOUR journal and you have nothing to be embarrassed about. It is your prerogative to be willing to show anyone or not.
Just basically enjoy it and if you find it is not for you, there’s a ton of other ways to document your travel that are just as beautiful. 🙂
So, Travel Journal, yes or no?
Please leave a comment below and let’s talk about your thoughts on this.
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