7 Tips on How to Write a Travel Journal That Rocks ...


It doesn’t matter whether you are a frequent traveler or only get to go away occasionally, if you know how to write a travel journal you will have a reminder that will be a permanent memory of your fabulous experiences.

I still occasionally revisit my first ever journal that I wrote in 1981 during my year in Italy.

If you already keep a general journal you might think you know how to write a travel journal, but there are some features and factors that can lift it from being a mundane litany of “what I did today” to be a captivating, evocative and thrilling collection of memories you’ll want to visit over and over again.

1. To Whom or for What Are You Writing?

First things first, when you begin a journal, travel or otherwise, you should determine for whom, for what or to whom you are writing.

Is this journal all your own – to pour out your emotions and observations, to record your memories so that you might read back fondly on them later in life?

Or is this journal to be shared with friends or with the world via a blog?

This alone may determine how to write a travel journal, as it will influence what sort of things you might share, as well as what tone or style you write in.

If you are writing for yourself, consider the personal feelings and experiences you’d really love to recall and remember.

If you are writing for an audience, consider what they might gain from reading about your experiences.

2. Give It a Glowing Intro

Your travel journal’s intro might be used to set the scene with panache.

This is no time or place to mince words or be blasé;

put your all into it, your energy and enthusiasm, the same energy and enthusiasm you have for travel.

This will put you or your reader into the traveler’s shoes, traipsing along the broken cobbled roads of an Italian square, the sandy beaches of a Chilean shore or winding through the sensory stimulating bazaar of a Chinese village.

Whatever the scene, set it with vivid detail and you’ll inspire your readers to read on.

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