Ah, summer! The perfect time to go on the vacation of your dreams—with your parents, of course—they pay the bills—but still!
Ah, summer! The perfect time to go on the vacation of your dreams—with your parents, of course—they pay the bills—but still! Vacation time is when you have the chance to live a simple life on beach time, or on an exciting adventure park clock. Either way, you want to capture those memories forever.
Of course, cameras can be great advocates for the job. But many times, pictures just feature people standing there posed and smiling, not really showing the good time they were having or of the beauty of the place they’d been in. Besides, a camera is required at the exact moment to capture a memory, and can be a nuisance. Otherwise, you could bring back little knick-knacks from gift shops or shells off a beach. Those do a better job by way of summoning memories, but can’t display thoughts.
Keeping a small journal with when you travel is the best solution. You can write down as much or as little as you like, whenever you want. Your brain will capture memories, and then you are able to describe them later—perhaps in parts of the vacation that aren’t as exciting—most likely the traveling part. You can write while waiting for a plane, while on the plane, or while taking a road trip and sitting bored in a car.
Travel journals don’t have to be anything special—the only requirement is that they are pocket-sized. A journal should be able to fit in a front pocket of a suitcase or backpack. When you’re ready to write, slip it out (you can find a small pen to go with) and record your thoughts and experiences, when you’re finished, put it back in the pocket it occupied earlier.
It will be interesting, to say the least, to be able to know exactly how you took in the world at a certain point in your life. Later on, you could compare your journals from trips and experiences—even compare some from the recurring trips you had taken to a certain favorite vacation spot. Travel journals can offer a glimpse into your past. Keeping one won’t let you forget what a place or experience is like—in your eyes.