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No matter where you travel or what mode of transportation you use, chronicling your adventures with words, pictures and small mementos of amazing destinations can bring you countless hours of enjoyment for years to come. Try travel writing for recording your journeys.
In this post, we’ll explore travel journals, giving you our top seven picks and narrowing that down to our most treasured and why.
Basic History of Journaling
The earliest evidence of writing and production of historical accounts were discovered in approximately 3500 B.C. The earliest recorded accounts were made by ancient Egyptians. And, of course, we all know about the history of cave paintings, depicting life with all its dangers, discoveries and fascinations.
Once thought of as “keeping a diary”, early journals were a means of recording our deepest thoughts and emotions. Many times these “diaries” were kept under lock and key by young girls, myself included, writing about boys, dances, and the various cliques at school. I still have one of mine from way back when and it almost makes me cringe to read those things now. There are also many very happy moments written in this diary of mine. My first kiss. My first boyfriend, etc.
What Type of Journaler Are You?
There are online journal spaces for just about every type of writing you desire. Some people feel comfortable accessing these online writing portals using their computers, phones or tablets.
I prefer writing with a favorite pen in a journal with high quality lined paper. That’s my favorite. I just happen to make leather journals with beautiful ivory colored lined paper, which I sell in my Etsy shop, Bound & Wound.
I’m what I call an “all over the map” journal writer. My preference is to write about everything. I brain dump, ramble, complain, praise, cite and excite all over my paper. I don’t care about punctuation or being the least bit grammatically correct, or politically correct for that matter.
There are several types of journals on the market today, for nearly every purpose you can think of.
1. Gratitude journals
2. Bible Journals
3. Pregnancy journals
4. Dream journals
5. Multi-year journals
6 Travel journals
…and many more.
I’ll start with this one because, after all, RV Travel and Lifestyle is my niche and the topics this website is centered around.
In this category of journals, there are also several varieties to choose from. Once again, you have online platforms where you have a safe and secure place to write all that your heart desires.
Here is another list of varieties of travel journals?
1. Midori style journals with multiple refillable/replaceable sections
2. Leather bound travel writing journal.
3. Travel journals for kids.
4. Ticket stub journals.
5. Travel itinerary/calendar journals
6. Diary style travel journals
7. Passport/document traveler’s journal
As you can plainly see, the choices are seemingly endless.
The travel journal that I choose is a leather bound Midori style travel journal. I love this format because, although the binding itself is slightly pricey, there are a number of different notebooks you can add in and replace as needed.
The size is noted as 6.5″ by 4.8″. I love leather. I love the look, the feel and the smell of leather. So this is a no-brainer for me. The fact that I have a choice of notebook inserts makes the decision also very easy. This product comes with a pen, a zippered pouch and extra pockets to hold cards, cash, passport and various keepsakes.
I love keeping track of my adventures. Travel journals and notebooks keep everything in one handy place, easy to find, easy to grab and go and they don’t take up much room in your pocket or your purse.
Record your travels, your gas mileage, maintenance records, favorite places to visit again, ticket stubs and itineraries. The fun part will come with looking back on where you’ve been, grateful you took the time to record your travel journey.