Journaling to archive/preserve your trips...
I thought it would be interesting to discuss the use of a journal (guys don't keep diaries!) on trips or just in general day-to-day life. There are both practical and philosophical reasons for journaling. For those of us who aren’t trained photographers, the written word gives a chance to bring a different perspective on representing our travels and experiences.
I have kept a journal on-and-off throughout most of my life (more on than off actually). After this weekend’s trip to TN I was convicted that I need to re-start the habit and keep a travel/trip specific journal as well. I don’t think much, if anything, from my journals will ever be worth publishing, but it makes for interesting reading and I imagine will thrill my children some day. It allows me an opportunity to think in a more deliberate and patient manner.
Simplicity has led me to use a bound composition notebook from Staples…
It has quad ruling (graph paper basically) which aids in making sketches or drawings. It has the standard 100 pages and measures 9.75” x 7.5”, a great size for stowing in side pockets on my doors and keeping on bookshelves.
Practical purposes include the following:
- Tracking historical data of your travels (mpg, repairs made, tools required, etc.)
- Recording captions for your photographs
- Recalling date-specific information
Philosophical purposes include the following:
- Makes for darn-interesting reading later in life when the photographic memory doesn’t work as well
- Pass on insight, lessons learned, and great stories to later generations
- Recording inspired poetry, psalms, lyrics, etc. spurned by a locations sights, smell, tastes, etc.
Henry (60seriesguy) had this to say in a paragraph from his “Let's talk Expeditions!” article found here.
Do you journal? If so how? What tools do you use? Perhaps you keep a voice recorder handy… or merely type your thoughts in a Word document. Elaborate for us?
Originally Posted by 60seriesguy
- 1997 Toyota FZJ80 (Abu Dhabi)
- 2001 Land Rover Discovery (Abu Dhabi)
- 1998 Toyota T100 (underground giant humidor vault somewhere in Kansas)
So keep'em coming these lines on the road
And keep me responsible be it a light or heavy load
And keep me guessing with these blessings in disguise
And I'll walk with grace my feet and faith my eyes