If you travel frequently and all over the place, chances are that eventually your days and cities may start to become a blur.
As someone who’s been driving on the road regularly for the 7 months (not counting fly in/fly out trips that have happened prior), I have found myself constantly digging back through my brain when someone would ask me, “What was your favorite thing in (insert city here)?” Sometimes, I’m driving through multiple states in a day and can barely remember what I ate for breakfast that morning, let alone which city I just crashed in overnight.
So that’s when I broke out the travel journal, and here are 3 reasons you should start keeping one too.
1. Never forget the name and location of fun landmarks.
While many times a trip is planned in advance, there’s always room for spontaneity. I’ve found that some of the coolest attractions and places that I’ve checked out while traveling haven’t necessarily been a place that I set out to visit. The World’s Largest Rocking Chair in Casey, IL is one such place. It’s easy to remember that I checked out a giant rocking chair in the middle of nowhere, but not always so easy to remember what random town I was passing through at the time should I want to recommend it to a friend.
2. Writing things down improves overall memory and ability to retain information.
If you lead a fast-paced lifestyle and are looking to take a break from the technology and a busy schedule, taking 20-30 minutes to write out your thoughts and share your experiences on paper can not only have a calming effect, but also help you retain details that may normally escape you. Studies have shown time and time again that writing things down beats any form of electronic journaling, hands down. (Or you can just post your travel pics to Instagram and pull up a photo when you want to reference it like I do sometimes.) 😀
3. It adds value to your experiences.
Even if your stories mean nothing to anyone else, you will always be able to preserve those memories of your travels. Whether they are for work or for fun, visiting a new place is always worth a mention in your travel journal. (Even if you hate some of the places you visit. I have 4 whole pages on a rotten experience I had in Washington state. If anything, the pages of your journal can always be used to vent.)