Everywhere you go now you see people typing on their laptops, tablets, or smartphones. Visiting a coffee shop now, when you actually want a cup of coffee, is like finding a parking place among all those clicking away on their devices. While I admire all of these folk’s work ethic it reminds me of my old hand written travel journals. ( It also reminded me of a post on my friend Indah’s gorgeous travel blog Indah’s Monochrome Travel Journal Post who was herself inspired by the following post from PhoTrablogger. )
When I first started traveling I kept hand written notes and used the journals as a place to store my paper memories like receipts, pamphlets, tickets, etc. In fact, one amusing entry I read went like this…”Damn, I left my glue stick at home!” That made me laugh. I used these journals to remember what order I visited places, what the names of all the places were after I forgot them likely 24 hours later, it allowed me to write down what I was thinking, make notes on things to do when I returned, and mostly just to write or track anything I wanted.
Well, previously my journals were all hand written. On my most recent big trip I used my iPhone instead. While it was terribly convenient it wasn’t terribly inspired. After reviewing entries in my old journals it made me realize I never want to use the phone or an app again. It just isn’t the same as my silly rants, my terrible but amusing drawings, and my glue stick sorry excuse for a scrapbook.
I am now officially on the search for a new glue stick and my next interesting and blank travel journal. How do you like to track your travels? Do you still hand write your thoughts? Do you use a laptop or tablet or even a voice recorder? I always admire those that write and blog and post while on their vacation but prefer to ruminate over my travels after I return home.
An example of a few of my travel journals one from Costa Rica in 2006 and one from Scotland and Germany in 2000.
Apparently, I felt compelled to illustrate my journey towards Panama. (I missed my calling as a cartoonist.) 😉
I watched the great Leather back Turtles lay their eggs on a sandy beach in the middle of the night and must have been in the mood to draw another little cartoon. Those little baby turtles are likely now nine years old!
I felt the need to document a tasty candy bar while in Scotland. (Note: I wrote “Yummy” with an arrow if it wasn’t obvious enough.) 🙂
I always like to keep tickets from anywhere I go as a fun memento.
21st Century & functional yet uninspired travel journal. ;(
What travel journals or method of tracking your journals do you use? What has worked or not worked? Anyone have a favorite type of journal?