In this day of blogs, scrap booking and social networking, people frequently want to keep a record of where they have been. This way they can share their adventures with anyone who cares to know. Keeping a travel journal can help with this. It will also give you a great way to be able to recall the details of your travel experiences.
Decide on a journal format that will work best for you.
If you are not very computer literate, you may want to use some paper form of permanent journal. Of course, keeping an electronic travel journal may make a good way to be introduced into the computer world. Whatever form you use, make sure to populate it with a lot of visual accompaniment. Other niceties, like special decorations or colors, will be dictated by your personal taste.
Keep a camera handy.
With digital photography being easy and cheap, there is no longer an excuse not to take an abundance of pictures. All digital cameras can be load with enough memory for just a few dollars to hold thousands of pictures. Rummaging through icons of digital pictures can be considerably faster than sorting through printed ones. Once you have selected the appropriate ones, either post them to your electronic travel journal or convert them to prints for a paper journal. Pictures are the best record of your travels.
Edit and label your pictures as soon as possible.
Pictures can become difficult to use if you are unable to remember the details that go along with them. By edit your pictures quickly, you can have them ready for your journal before the information that goes along with them is lost. Labeling your pictures with the date, time, place, and names of people photographed helps to add even more detail to your pictorial part of the travel journal.
Keep receipts as you travel.
Receipts help you tell your story. A receipt from an excursion or hotel will remind you about the events that surrounded receiving the receipt. Some restaurant receipts will refresh your memory of a great meal or an evening out. The same is true for tickets for theaters, events, and transportation. Whether you retain each receipt or just the story behind it in your journal, these receipts will assist you in keeping your journal complete.
Take along a diary or some type of bound notebook.
Thoughts recorded along the way as you travel will enhance your travel journal. By writing these in a permanently bound notebook or diary, you will be safeguarded against them disappearing from your papers before you can record them in your journal. Using a paper notebook is important because you may find yourself in places where electronic storage devices are not practical. Paper and pen almost always work everywhere you go. A written itinerary of your stops along with your thoughts helps to organize your material.
If you are producing a non-electronic journal, gather up a few samples.
Actually, a few samples will help no matter what format you ultimately use for your journal. A menu from a restaurant or a piece of material from an exotic place enhances your journal. These can be photographed and included in an electronic journal. By storing them, you can have future opportunities to share them as supplements to your journal. With a paper journal, you can attach these samples in the appropriate places to give a greater appreciation of your travel experiences with friends and family.
Make some type of copy to be stored somewhere safe.
Whether the journal is electronic or paper, it can be lost or damaged. By making a copy or two and storing it away from the original, you can help assure that your journal will be preserved. The copy of a paper journal may not be as elegant or have all of the original items attached, but you will have copies of them to enjoy.
Build your journal as you go.
A travel journal can be constructed from old items that you have from previous journeys. However, the best journal is one that is built page by page with each trip that you take. Your memories are fresher, and you are more likely to include more pictures and items from the trip before either they or their significance to the trip are lost. A travel journal should be living document that you keep building as you continue to travel.