I am going to admit that for all the love I have for journal writing, I have never kept a travel journal. As I look back at the places I have explored I do wish this had been a habit I established.
Like all journal writing, a travel journal can consist of what you want and need it to be. It could be a lined paper journal where you write about the sites you have seen or reflect on the day as you sit by the ocean and watch the sunset. It could also be a binder or folder of your daily agenda with ticket stubs and restaurant menus. Of course, we can also consider Instagram a photo journal of our travels.
I do always take my personal journal with me when I travel (always stored in my carry on luggage) and I typically do write one or two posts. Travel journals provide a record of where we have been and help us to share our explorations with others. After all, if it weren’t for explorers establishing their own travel journals, we would have no history of our our country.
If you are planning a summer vacation this year, I encourage you to keep your own travel journal.