– 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. Writing versus typing helps with memory recall.
Keeping a long-form travel diary makes the ultimate keepsake of an adventure. I don’t always keep one, but I will say that the ones I do have are inspiring to look back on.
Use a simple pocket notebook to keep track of your expenses as you travel. It’s a great way to ensure you’re sticking to a travel budget.
Bring along some tape and a couple of colored pens, and a simple travel journal turns into a scrapbook. Ticket stubs, beer labels, receipts, photos, drawings, and so on transform a journal to a coffee table worthy souvenir.
It’s not a long-form diary, but more a series of tick-lists and goals – perfect for travel planning and presenting achievements in a visual manner.