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A Travel Journal Could Be Your New Best Friend!

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Traveling is one of the few activities that most would answer to be a hobby of theirs. It is something that exposes you to explore the different traditions, culture, and experience. Traveling is commonly done on various occasions. While some travel for vacation, there are others who do it for business, adventure and event. There are a couple of reasons why you should keep a travel journal because there is nothing more exciting than putting down on paper the unique and joyful moments you are going through. Later on, you can recall old memories!

What Is A Travel Journal?

Travel journals are a place where you can write about the trips you have taken, what you learned during and the experiences you had. It is a collection of adventures, stories, memories and discovery.  It doesn’t matter where you’re going or who you’re traveling with, an online trip journal can come anywhere. Though we live in a digital age, there will always be something quite romantic and meditative about taking a moment to jot down your thoughts while you’re on the road. Travel journals are personal. They become time capsules of your memories, emotions, and descriptions of the places, people, and things you’ve encountered.

 

Why Write A Journal When Traveling?

1. Discover and learn more things

Traveling is something that commonly leads to a discovery and a new experience for a greater knowledge of things or actions. By writing down your experience, you will get to understand your surroundings better, reflect and remember the discoveries that you have made during the trip. The travel journal is for yourself and your soul, being a confidant which will never judge the words you wrote. Walk away from negative thoughts and you will notice how everything will come from within you. Lay down your menu of happiness, courage, stress, fear, lust and frustration and learn about yourself along the way.

2. Travel memories not to be forgotten  

Write down the journey of your trip using a diary software helps you to remember the activities and things that you have done during the travel. When recording your travel experience, a travel journal can also remind you of the reasons and purpose of the travel. You do not need to share it with others, you can keep it for yourself. It is a chance to learn more about yourself and how you deal with situations, as well as keeping all the important things and memories you create. Sometime later it will be fascinating to read about the cultural impact, thoughts and experiences you gain while traveling.

3. Write a shared travel journal

Creating a shared travel journal with your travel companion helps to foster a sense of unity that can bring each other closer. With a shared journal, you are more likely to commit to documenting the full experience of the trip. Another great thing about keeping a travel journal is that it can also serve by helping others. When you come back from a trip, you can share and give tips to your family and friends regarding places to go to and see, where to eat and what activities they can do while being on holiday. You can ensure them a pleasant stay in a different city or country while sharing tips and references.

 

Never Wrote A Travel Journal Before?

Get Started With Our Tips 

You don’t need to be traveling to Timbuktu to write a travel diary. Your writing can start with a family vacation or a weekend getaway. All you need is a destination and your holiday journal can begin!

1. Use your journal to plan your trip

Use your journal to plan your holiday before you even arrive. You can enhance your travel experience by using your journal to plan out some activities. Your trip journal can begin before your trip has even started. Use your journal to start planning the things you want to do. It can be anything from a cool restaurant you want to eat at, a hike you want to go on or different sights you want to see. Write down whatever is on your trip checklist, so you don’t forget it. Write down a checklist of places you want to see, your budget or your list of things to pack. It can be very overwhelming arriving in a new country so making these notes before arriving at your destination can be very helpful.

2. Write about the people.

Did you meet anyone new? Did you make a new friend? Were the locals welcoming? Did you learn something new from a stranger? Did you learn something new from a friend? People can really make a trip. Whether you came with them, or met them there, write about how the people you encountered affected your experience. Pick out some interesting activities and experiences from each day and write about them. Write about how different your daily life is and how it compares to what you had imagined it would be. Use dialogue. They say some of the best overseas stories come from overheard dialogues between tourists, locals or conversations you can be a part of.

3. Write about food.

Just because you call it your travel diary, doesn’t mean it can’t double as a food diary. Food connects us. No matter where you come from, what language you speak, or the continent you live on – it’s a universal fixation where strangers can find common ground. Whether it be home-cooked meals, fine dining, or an irresistible dessert, they all have their unique way to please one’s palate and provide solace. After all, it’s called comfort food for a reason. If there are any foods you loved, dishes you hated or recipes you can’t live without, write them down to remember them all.

 

Travel Journal Ideas That Will Inspire You

Not sure how to start the first page of your new travel journal? Refer to some of the travel journals prompts to kick-start your first journal of the trip! Don’t be afraid, to be honest, and include things that were strange or even unpleasant, these things are part of traveling and can be very interesting to read about. If you are so inclined on the artistic nature of journaling, add sketches or doodles, they don’t have to works of art but perhaps just mindless lines to pass the time on public transport.

Pre-Departure ideas

  • Why are you going?
  • What are the places that you are most excited to visit?
  • What are your expectations for the trip?

Post-holiday ideas

  • Write about the people that you have interacted with.
  • Write about food.
  • What did you like/dislike most about the trip, and why?

 

Don’t Forget To Add Pictures To Your Journal

Even though your journal is meant for writing, pictures are still worth a thousand words. Combining pictures with your first-hand accounts of what they represent, or what happened when they were taken, will make for an even more comprehensive narrative of your travels. Don’t worry about glueing or taping anything either. Penzu allows you to upload pictures straight into your online travel journal, so you can keep your pictures and words connected and organized.  A picture speaks a thousand words after all. Also, take as many pictures as possible but do not forget to live the moment too!

 

 Enjoy Yourself After All!

Your travels and trips are fun and your journal should be too! If it’s becoming a chore, think how you can change it to make writing more enjoyable. How about summarising each day with one sentence, a best of or a worst of the list, or replacing words with pictures or photos? Reflect on the new experiences you had, what made you uncomfortable and what enticed you. Did you learn anything new about yourself on the trip? Did being somewhere else expose something you hadn’t seen in yourself before? Traveling can help people grow. Think about your journey and if it helped you grow in any way.

 

Now that you know what to write in a travel diary and how to write one, all you need to decide is where to go. Pick a place get start your online journal today! Also check out the 8 Most Unique Travel Destinations For 2020

 

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Best Beaches Around The World

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Best way to relax and have a peaceful time is when you are around a beach. The grainy sand under your toes and the sun, hitting your skin could eat up all your worries and could be the best source of sheer joy. Though the choices differ from person to person, but we have tried to list down the top 7 beaches all around the globe, blessed with natural beauty. These are some of the best beaches you could plan to visit sometime in your life. 

 

1. Polihale Beach, Hawaii, USA

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“Polihale” in Hawaiian means “House Bosom”. This is true in the sense that it provides a breathtaking view and is located at quite a distance from the nearest town. This beach has a unique and enchanting thing of itself. Also the beach could only be reached after travelling via a Dirt Sugarcane Road. 

 

2.Maya Bay, Koh Phi Phi, Thailand

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This is a stunning bay located in Koh Phi Phi and is surrounded by mangroves all over.The beach is known for its crystal clear waters and for the high limestone cliffs. You could only access this beach via boats. Though temporarily down, this beach is to open soon.   

 

3.Long Beach, Vancouver Islands, Canada

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The largest and the longest beach of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve on western coast of Vancouver. This 16km beach has eye-popping views and has rich forest rainforests. Unlike the tropical beach, this beach witnesses more than 20,000 grey whales during spring and summers.

 

4.Navagio Beach, Zakynthos, Greece

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Though being isolated, this beach has one of the best and beautiful sand cove on the Greek Island. Also popular by the name of ‘Shipwrecked beach’ for the mythological mystery of a pirate ship called Panagiotis. The beach could be only accessed by boat, but you can see the breathtaking scenario from the limestone cliffs as well.

 

5.Coligny Beach, Hilton Head Island, USA

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This is one of the best rated islands in USA and the beach stretches upto 12 long miles. The Coligny beach gets to see many tourists from all across the globe every year and this number keeps increasing. The beach is open to all and even provides free services such as free Wi-fi, etc. The name came from the nearby town named “Coligny“.

 

6.Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos Islands

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This beach is perhaps the best of the beaches in the Turks and Caicos Island and contains more than 1000 acres of land. Parrot Cay has about more than 61 beach resorts and is a private island. This beach is accessible from Providenciales by a 35 minute boat ride.

 

7.Trunk Bay, United States Virgin Islands

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It is a beach on St. John in the United States and is a part if the Virgin Islands National Park. This place is famous for its Leatherback Turtles which are found only in the USVI. The beach, as a whole is divided into 2 halves, one the main Bay and the other half which is the swimming area for the commons.

 

Thus do pay these beaches a visit once in your lifetime and experience the breathtaking moments it has to offer. Also do go and check out the Coastal Beaches To Visit In India.

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Anthony Bourdain’s Last Book To Be Released Soon!

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It has been a year and a half since Anthony Bourdain’s death, and the culinary world is still recovering. His work had an incredible impact on people all around the world. The approach he employed in his shows showed a deep respect and curiosity for the many different cultures. And thus, the news of a posthumous book by him certainly has everyone excited. It is titled “World Travel: An Irreverent Guide.”

Anthony Bourdain’s Book

It is said that he started writing the book along with his friend, Laurie Woolever. Woolever also worked as his assistant for a long time. Moreover, it was he who brought this project to completion. Though the book is mostly written by Anthony, Woolever has added essays and more information to it as well.

These essays have been penned by people who were close to Anthony Bourdain and knew him personally. 

World Travel: An Irreverent Guide

The publisher of the book has let us in on more about the book. It is going to offer delightful introductions into how to get to various travel locations. Apart from that, you will also find suggestions on where and what to eat when there. Bourdain had a distinct personality on screen. His wit, charm, and warm persona are sure to shine through in the book as well. He was a chef once too. Thus, his expert knowledge and experience over the years as a TV host (Parts Unknown) also makes the book a must read.

More about the book…

The cover of the book is stunning too. It is a sketch by Tony Millionaire. It shows Anthony is sitting outside a cafe in Paris. You can buy this book on October. And pre-orders are available now.

Fans and admirers from around the world are keenly looking forward to this book. So many of his recommendations are unique and special. There are instances where people have chosen to follow his suggestions on the shows, and found a cafe or dish they’d have otherwise missed out on. He truly valued the people around him wherever he went. The unforgettable and remarkable work he did in his lifetime will always be cherished.

At 61, Anthony Bourdain passed away due to suicide in June of 2018. At that time, it sparked a much needed conversation about suicide, depression, and mental health in general too.

 

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Plan Beforehand~ List of 2020 Weekends that Could Be Used Judiciously!

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If your 2019 wasn’t as thrilling as it supposed to have been, then you do need to give 2020 a chance. Be a go-getter thus and make the most of let’s say all the weekends that would be an off for you from work and therefore, humdrum schedules too. Mostly, what happens is that we are too busy to keep tracks of free days and then planning takes time, so mostly, we invest our time, entirely on thinking. For more action, your holidays need a foretelling where you can plan for them much before time!

Below given is a preview of weekend holidays that could be used rather wisely by you!

February 21-23 (3 days)

Maha Shivratri falls on the 21st of February which is observed as a day off in most states. Club it with Saturday and Sunday, and have a nice 3-day road-trip with your most-loved ones!

March 7-10 (4 Days)

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You gotta take an off on the 9th, Monday, to enjoy short holiday time with your friends and family and that too at the time of Holi. Hope, you book your tickets ASAP!!

April 2-6 (5 Days)

2nd is Ram Navami and 6th is Mahavir Jayanti. A one-day off on your part gives a 5-day long weekend holiday to actually book your tickets and travel someplace far! Yes, think fast cause tickets have to be booked beforehand!

May 1-3 (3 Days)

Labour Day is supposed to be a holiday. Again, you get a chutti from Friday to Sunday for your “me” time, and also to plan into travelling for a short span with your family or friends.

May 7-10 (4 Days)

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7th is Buddha Purnima, a holiday. Therefore, a day-off on a Friday gives you long weekends to chillax. Well, give it a thought and start planning about the same now only!

May 23-25 (3 Days)

The month of May needs special praises for being a month full of Holidays. You get 3 days off due to Eid on the 25th. Plan beforehand and take your family for a short trip, only to be cherished later.

June 20-23 (4 Days)

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Some lucky people get an off on the occasion of Rath Yatra. Such lucky lot can actually plan out on something after taking an off on Monday.

August 1-3 (3 Days)

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Thanks to Raksha Bandhan that falls on Monday, the 3rd, that we all get to experience the long weekends at the beginning of August.

August 29-31 (3 Days)

It’s time to rejoice! Onam falls on Monday, 31st and the people in the South get to enjoy the festivity with a long holiday time! What a wow!

October 2-4 (3 Days)

This is rather the best year since so long because Gandhi Jayanti falls on Friday, followed by a lovely Saturday and Sunday. You actually gotta thank your stars for this year!

October 29-November 1 (4 Days)

Id-e-Milad is a holiday in most parts of India and it’s likely to be on November 29 (Thursday) in 2020. See if you can get a day off on November 30 (Friday) and you get the much-needed break to recover from all the binge-eating during Eid.

November 28-30 (3 Days)

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Enjoy the beginning of winters by clubbing all three day holidays together. P.s. November 30 (Monday) is Guru Nanak Gurpurab– a holiday in many parts of India.

December 25-27 (3 Days)

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Well, Christmas falls on a Friday, which means that you have a Saturday and a Sunday to come out of your Christmas hangover.

Related Article: 8 Most Unique Travel Destinations For 2020

 

 

 

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