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Why You Should Keep A Diary When Travelling

August 10, 2016

Life is full of wonderful experiences and when you’re surrounded by such fantastic sights and sounds, it seems impossible that you will ever forget this moment. But as we experience more and more equally wonderful moments, it can be hard to remember the little details which made it so special in the first place. This is why it’s important to keep a diary, especially when  travelling.

Ever since I was little I’ve been one to keep a diary. I now have lots of diaries to look back on from school days, holidays and everything in between. I cringe reading some of them again and I’m amazed at what I used to worry about. What scares me though is how many people and places I’ve forgotten about. They were important enough for me to mention in my diary and now I can barely recall them!

When you travel the world, you meet so many other travellers that it’s impossible to remember them all. You might only spend 1 day with them or it might extend to a few months. You add them on Facebook and then move on. But these people who you have crazy adventures with deserve to be remembered. So write about them! Put a face to the name when you discover pictures from your travels in years to come. It will prompt you to try and get back in touch with these people who were an important part of your life at one point.

Write everything you can about that trip you just went on. Describe the smells and the sounds as these are the first things you forget. Explain how something made you feel. It’s amazing how reading a diary can bring back so many memories. You’ll read your diary and find yourself laughing out loud one minute and crying the next as all the details come flooding back to you.

Lots of travellers I meet say that they started out with good intentions and kept a diary for the first couple of weeks but then forgot about it. I’m not saying you have to write in your diary everyday, you don’t want it to feel like a chore, but make the effort to write names, quotes and random memories down as much as possible. Add tickets, leaflets, photographs etc to your diary to help prompt the memories as well. If you’re anything like me then you will be keeping all of these things in your suitcase anyway!

Don’t let something as important as travel become a distant memory. Your diary will be worth more to you in years to come than that random vest you bought in Thailand.

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  • Reply Little Miss Traveller August 10, 2016 at 8:08 am

    I always keep a travel journal because it’s so lovely to look back on later

    • Reply frandrews August 10, 2016 at 7:26 pm

      I love reading them back!

  • Reply Steph August 11, 2016 at 3:24 am

    love the idea of keeping a diary. Can never continue it for more than a few day though hahah. My current blog posts are me trying to rectify that by writing up my post-trip feels. A year later, it’s pretty hard!

    • Reply frandrews August 11, 2016 at 6:05 am

      It’s hard but definitely worth it! Keep it up!

  • Reply ChrissyG August 18, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    I try and keep little things like tickets, baggage tags, boarding passes, maybe even a beer label from an exotic brand. I now have a rather large folder at home with these random sentimental travel objects. I do also try to write my things but there’s a fine balance between overwriting and trying to take so many pictures that you forget to live for the moment.

    • Reply frandrews August 18, 2016 at 7:42 pm

      I totally agree with you! And I love keeping all the little things like boarding passes!

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