I love to travel and I would say I travel a lot. Not like every weekend but like three to four times a year and maybe every two years I go on a bigger journey. But now since I have a car I want to go on little road trips as well. But how to keep every little village you travel through, all the friendly people you meet and everything you feel and see? I started to write my first travel journal about five years ago when I started traveling in Australia.
Traveling is the best way to learn everything about yourself, to learn for your life and to learn about the world. Feel how the beach sand of Australia forms under your feet, how the ocean in Central America sounds and see how tall mountains in New Zealand can grow. And remeber all of this your whole life and tell your children and your grandchildren one day. Remember and maybe show with a little help of a travel journal.
You can collect memories with the help of pictures but you can also write things down. Also you can draw views or let people you meet draw something for you. Collect sand, leaves, flowers, shells. Collect things from the ground, don’t destroy the enviroment. That’s how you remember what the sand feels.
I collect almost everything. Shells, coins, maps, postcards, tickets, feathers, business cards. I also cut catalogs and stick them in. Cataloges of tours I did.
Also I draw sceneries and countrysides. Loving to combine it sometimes with the real undergroud. Pictures are amazing but sometimes drawing is more the way you see it. I learned this one in my University. When you draw something you see things better. You can see every little detail and not just the whole big one.
To remeber every beautiful villiage or special place I’ve been I not just draw it. I mark the place in my map and sometimes I draw my own map. I feel like this is the best way to remember. And I love to share all of it. My grandfather is always very interested in the places where I’ve been. He gets his map and has a look. I kind of grew up with it and I love it. He knows all about where the streets go and which route is the best. I liked this idea so much, so I turned out with my own maps. For myself and my future grandchildren to show one day.
And to not forget every speical person from my travels I let them draw something which we experienced together. I love it how this turnes out. Some people don’t want to draw something, they say they aren’t good in it. But that’s not what I want to see. I want to know how they feel about it and what’s the most special for them. What they think about our experiecnce.
Not to forget is maybe the most important way how we share our travels. By taking pictures. I love to take pictures. I already have a few cameras. For travels and get your picture right away a polaroid camera is the best. You can stick the pictures right away into your journal. But also I have my smartphone and a reflex camera. You can catch everything. Every countryside, every person, every moment. But with the digital cameras we not just take the one perfect picture. We take like ten pictures of everything and the pictures will be forgotten in the deep of our computers. But the analog cameras. It’s more expensive, the same with the polaroid pictures, you just take one almost perfect picture of something. You think about how you are going to do it. And I love the way how analog pictures turn out. And when you get the pictures you can stick them right into your journal or in a frame for your wall. Just love it.
At this time I already have five travel journals. But they are not just for travels and it’s not just a diary kind of thing. I have it with me most of the time. I collect also things from the ground just in front of my door. I make notes for my new tattoos, what I need to get form the loft of my grandpa or ideas how to decorate my appartment. It’s a notebook for my blog, a diary, a buying list kind of thing and my travel journal.
That’s all I can say about travel journals. Just go for it. And combine all your wanderlust and travels on paper. Not just your big journeys but also your everyday adventures. Go out and enjoy the day with a walk, a road trip or a weekend escape. You don’t always need to get a flight over the big deep blue for a perfect day in paradise.