Top Ten Reasons to Keep a Handwritten Journal: #10
We live in fast, easy travel times. Armed with internet access and a credit card, we can secure transport and lodging across the world within minutes, and while traversing remote back corners of the globe, we have the option to stay virtually connected to everyone we know. But what does remain a challenge in this era of streamlined travel is ensuring that we take the time to fully examine and absorb all that we experience. For my money, there’s no better way to accomplish this than by carrying a handwritten travel journal.
There are as many reasons to keep a journal as there are destinations on a map. Here are ten, excerpted from Writing Away: A Creative Guide to Awakening the Journal-Writing Traveler.
#10: It’s a Wonderful Outlet for Handling Travel Stress
Travel isn’t always easy; sometimes it can completely derail you. On these occasions, the journal can be your lifeline, something solid and steadfast to grab hold of in the midst of upheaval. When feelings of homesickness, powerlessness, frustration, or fear wiggle their nasty little fangs into your erstwhile perfect vacation, you can draw strength and comfort from writing—using your journal as a refuge and a reminder of how resilient you are and how courageous you want to be. If you start losing your temper (or sense of humor), you can call on your journal to help you find it again. That’s what it’s there for. Your journal will help you cope, like a portable therapist. You might even find you can be more honest with your notebook than with your therapist. (Or your blog.)
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