When I first started to take photographs during my travels I soon realized it was wise to keep a travel journal. Emotions, non-framed events, further details went missing if I didn't religiously update my journal at least once a day.
But what's the best way to write a Travel Journal? I tried different approaches to this task. I decided to keep a separated journal for each destination. When I had some spare time, usually while commuting from a place to an other, or in the evening right before going to sleep. In time it has worked best to keep the journal private and the entries short. By doing so, once "home" I could browse through my notes, edit them and share them online with a related photograph.
I discovered that by keeping the journal private, I could be truly honest about my day and feelings, adding great value to my entries. By reading my journals now I can learn more about my actual life and myself.
Writing short entries helped my focus my attention of what was really relevant. Write a series of short sentences similar to Tweets.
What to write
Be present, focus on the details, break the boundaries and look further. Write about your emotions, what you photographed, why did you photograph a particular object, who did you meet? How did he/she make you feel? What caught your eye? Why? Write about new tastes, sounds, smells...
Describe more than what your eyes see. Draw if you want! Before starting to write, stop a moment and meditate about the day. Meditation can unlock your best writing ideas.
"Don’t just write that a market is “bustling.” Describe the vendors vying for your attention, the noises, the smells, and the people who jostle against you. Avoid vague adjectives, and look for specific details that define a place’s character."
– Dave Fox
Make it a daily habit; don't just confine journaling during travels. As an iPhone and iPad power-user I use an app called DayOne. Most of my entries are written here now. And when I forget to write something new, the App sends me a notification, inviting me to create a new entry. It's a wonderful sensation to take some time and reflect on your life by reading a personal journal. Start today, life is a beautiful thing, if you can remember it.