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Traveling does wonders to our mind, body and soul. There are so many benefits of traveling such as having a piece of mind, broadening your horizon, provides cultural education, creating memories that last a lifetime and improving your social and communication skills. With all of these added benefits, why not capture these special moments in a travel journal? This can become such a fun hobby and a great way to share your experiences with your friends and loved ones. Conde Nast Traveler has a great example of how you can set up your travel journal). All you need is a notebook, colored pens, envelope to keep your documents together and a laptop if keeping things all digital.

Here are a few tips to consider while keeping a travel journal:

Tip #1: Book or Blog?

The first thing you want to consider when keeping a travel journal is whether you will be writing with a laptop or tablet, or writing with a composition notebook or journal. Choosing to blog your travel experiences, allows you to instantly upload them for everyone to see. If you choose to hand-write your travels, you can do this scrapbook-style and tape pictures, postcards, and mementos into your journal and keep it handy as a more physical reference back to your travel memories.

Tip #2: Plan Ahead

Now it’s time to check out your itinerary. Take notes of what sites you will be seeing and what attractions you will be visiting. Think about all of the people you meet, the feelings you experience and all of the things you learn along the way.

Tip #3: Find Your Theme

What theme would you like for your journal? Is it going to be more of a minimalistic approach sharing quick captions and simple photos, or will you be doing more of a scrapbook theme with fun washi tape, drawings, photos and more? Your themes can revolve around scenery such as the city, country, or architecture or food, transportation, colors and more.

Tip #4: Document Your Trip

Writing each day is important so you don’t miss any small details. Share where you are staying, events you are attending and restaurants you go to. Include photos, bullet points and list your favorites so you’ll never forget them.

Tip #5: Share Your Stories

Travel journals are a great conversation piece to have on your coffee table. They also make great social media posts if you’re going the digital route or simply keep them private for your eyes only to relive those wanderlust vibes.

In addition to these five tips, if you still find yourself struggling on how to start your travel journal or aren’t sure what all to include, check out these 10 Tips For Those Struggling to Keep a Travel Journal. Now it’s time to empty your backpacks and bring your trip to life through your travel journal.