7 Reasons to Keep a Travel Journal

I love journalling. Not just because I like doodling, and scribbling, and getting my brain to quiet down every now and then (read: what, like you don’t have voices in your head, too?) Nor because I’m a closet hippie who has a fetish for Moleskine journals.

But mainly because it’s pretty darn awesome, putting pen to paper. There’s something so organic about it, isn’t there?

Anyhow, whatever your preferred medium, if you’re on the fence about whether or not to keep a travel journal, here are 7 reasons why you absolutely should:

  1. To document your trip, your thoughts, (and watch out for the hippie)– your feelings. 
  2. It’s a keepsake. Something that you can look over years from now when you’re wrinkled and grey (or bald). Something your kids can look over. Or your grandkids. Or your great grandkids. Or you great, great — you get the picture, right?
  3. All the greats kept journals. And their creative juices flowed like beer at a frat house.
  4. (If you’re a man reading this)- because it’s so bad a**. Think, Hemingway or Capt. Cook (I said ‘bad a**’ not ‘ignorant half-wit who disrespected the natives of a land he discovered)
  5. Immortality. Write things at the wrong time (see what I did there?) So many have been immortalised through their journals. And so many have inspired through their journals. Think, Anne Frank, Helen Keller, and Andy Warhol.
  6. Journalling keeps you grounded. There have been loads of studies on this, most surrounding ‘gratitude journalling’. Note: what follows is meant to be based on science, not hippie mumbo-jumbo, sorry if it comes across that way! If you’re on a beach in Hawaii, chances are you’re feeling pretty grateful for the way your life has panned out. And in case you didn’t know, gratitude breeds gratitude. And it’s good for your health and well-being too (‘all explained in the link).
  7. If you’re artsy, your journal could be accompanying artwork for someone’s text decades later. Like Karl Bodmer’s paintings in Russell Freedman’s ‘An Indian Winter’.

Do you keep a journal? Drop me a line and tell me all about your journalling preferences (namely, if you’re as crazy neurotic creative sentimental as me and collect your concert stubs, train tickets, airline boarding passes, and beer coasters within the journal). 

As always, if you liked this post, drop me a comment, if you didn’t like it definitely drop me a comment, and if you really loved it, like it, share it, or tell your grandmother about it. Or look me up on Instagram.


Author: Akanksha Singh

Twenty-something travel addict || Likes: coffee, sarcasm, the Oxford comma, blue skies, and cobblestone roads. || Dislikes: rudeness, carrots, and pigeons (read: winged-rats with satanic eyes).

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