Writing while traveling

Dear Fellow Journalers,

“You don’t have to be traveling to write a travel journal.” A wise friend told me a few days ago. I was lamenting the fact that we weren’t planning a grand trip anywhere. We were just thinking about a mid-summer jaunt north. “So,” she said, “why not write about that dream, those plans…” I hadn’t realized that I could do that. I mean, I could write about our trip BEFORE we actually set off. Come to think of it, I could even post- journal! Ok, here we go…

Journaling about plans sounds awfully dull, though doesn’t it? I thought I’d take some time and write the why’s, how’s and expectations of our journey instead. That sounds more interesting, doesn’t it? So, I got out a nifty book and began to write. I found out that journaling this way set me up for a new adventure to write about.

During our trip, I wrote every day, although not in the strictest sense. I wrote while waiting for a meal in a restaurant, before we turned out the lights for the night, waiting for the fish to bite. I wrote about the places we went, the people we met, what different food we ate (how it smelled, different tastes and the name and address of the restaurants – in case we wanted to visit again!

After we came back, I wrote in a special section of the journal, about how I felt to be home again. Did the familiar surroundings look different? Have you ever visited your old school and marveled that the desks look so small? How did I feel about the places we visited and the people we met? Would I go again?

‘Til then,

~Sallie

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