I have a feeling that female travelers are more likely to carry a journal — an actual paper and pen type thing — during their travels. A number of guys like to journal as well, but like I said, I think that women are the ones to make it a priority.
With a large influx in the amount of people blogging as part of their normal lives, however, the joy of keeping a paper journal has been lost to some. I’d like to think that the art of keeping a paper journal in addition to the more electronic form is beneficial; there’s bound to be some details that you wouldn’t want to share with a public audience, I’m sure.
Benefits of Keeping a Journal:
- You don’t have to worry about an audience. The only person’s attention you need to keep is your own.
- You don’t have to censor yourself. Say what you feel. Get out any stress or emotions on paper. There shouldn’t be anyone else reading it.
- It helps you remember the small things. The name of the person you met on a bus, or the room number in your favorite hotel.
- It’s a really great souvenir. Nothing like the personal touch to make something special.
- It’s great for passing the time of buses, planes and trains. It’s also a bit more inconspicuous than getting out the laptop to take some notes.
- It helps provide you with ideas to write about on your public blog later.
Downfalls of Keeping a Journal:
- It takes up extra space. When you are worried about carrying your life on your back, then every little bit counts.
- It could get lost or stolen. If you write very personal stuff in your journal, this could be a bit embarrassing.
- You could stop writing. If this happens, you are left with the reminder that you only did something halfway.
Do you carry a journal in your backpack, or do you think it is a waste of time and space?