6 reasons why you should keep a travel journal
Travelling is one of the best ways to create new memories. But, if you're anything like us, your memory can let you down from time to time. That's why a travel journal can come in very handy indeed.
We're firm believers that picking up a pen and noting down some thoughts every day while travelling is a fantastic form of mindfulness. It has long been proven that the act of writing can have a tremendously positive impact on your mental wellbeing too.
Whether you're travelling for business or for pleasure, here are six reasons why you should start to keep a travel journal.
1. It'll improve your memory
These days, we all take hundreds of photos while travelling, but fast forward a year and how many photos can you actually remember taking? Never mind being unable to recall the names of your travel friends. Writing in a travel journal can improve your memory and enhance your ability to learn too. On your next holiday, commit to using a travel diary and write about your experiences on a daily basis. It'll help you to remember your trip in the future.
2. You'll become better at observing
We're often so wrapped up in our day-to-day lives that travel is one of the few opportunities that we open our eyes to new environments. Use your travel journal to make observations that what's going on around you. Do you notice any local customs? What's the most common foods? What things have surprised you? Look more closely at what is happening around you and you'll learn a lot more than you might have thought.
3. It's a lovely keepsake
It's inevitable that your travel journal will get stored in a drawer or a box under the bed when you return from travelling, only to be found years later when moving house. And we love that – a travel journal filled with your own scribbles will transport you back in time. It's not just 'an old book', it is a part of your past life. Let's face it; it's the closest we're likely to get to time travel!
4. You'll learn more about yourself
A travel journal is the ideal opportunity for some self-discovery. Travelling offers you the opportunity for more experiences and you can find yourself getting distracted. By writing in a journal, you can organise your thoughts, understand which experiences you truly enjoyed and reflect on each one more carefully.
5. It'll help you deal with travel stress
Travel isn't always a relaxed affair; it can be a stressful time. A mindful travel journal such as You Are Here can help you to manage that stress more easily. Whether you're lonely, frustrated or worried, you can draw strength in the act of writing. You Are Here also offers you some simple but effective mindfulness techniques, to help you manage those more difficult days.
6. You'll never miss a moment
A travel journal is especially effective if you're travelling alone. It'll help to ensure you never miss another moment again. By regularly writing down your experiences and feelings, ideally when they are fresh in your mind, you will always remember them.
If you're planning a trip soon, pick up a copy of mindful travel journal You Are Here to take with you. If you're not setting off for an adventure any time soon, you can always start keeping a journal at home too. Look at your own city with fresh eyes and pay closer attention to your local surroundings. Share your experiences with us via Twitter or Facebook.
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Article by Katy Ratican