What’s in Your Travel Diary?
By Dave Fox
A few weeks back, I blogged about Sheridan in Spokane, Washington, who sent me dramatic before-and-after photos of her Germany travel journal. Sheridan didn’t just write during her trip. She stuffed her journal with lots of items which, until now, were a big mystery.
The original pics she sent were of her closed diary. Readers posted comments and e-mailed me, wondering what was inside. I don’t normally ask people if I can snoop in their diaries, but I told Sheridan people were curious. She wrote back:
“Oh I’d be curious too. Fortunately my iPod takes crappy pics and my handwriting is a mess so I’m not at all worried someone will be able to read it.”
So… if you were hoping to read Sheridan’s deep, dark secrets, too bad! But the “crappy pics” she sent offer lots of ideas for things you can do with your own travel diaries:
Thanks, Sheridan, for taking us on a tour of your Germany diary!
Sheridan tells me she did lots of writing too both during and after her trip — something I encourage, because scrapbooking alone can’t capture the deeper details of your inner and outer journeys. But if you’re feeling artsy, or just wanting to remember what the subway maps or chocolate wrappers looked like, some tape, staples, or a glue stick can work wonders.
My own travel journals consist primarily of writing. Occasionally, however, other travelers share their more artistic journaling endeavors with me — everything from sketches to water colors to comic strips. Do you have something creative in your travel diary you’d like to share? Send me photos of a few favorite pages and I might include them in a future blog post.
(Please send a maximum of three photos — preferably in low 72 dpi resolution — to email@example.com.)