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With the festive season fast approaching, many people are heading off to get their fix of sun, visit family in faraway places for Christmas, or beginning to plan epic trips for the upcoming year. A brilliant way to immortalize your trip + make your memories something that can be looked back upon in years to come, is to create a travel journal. We’ve decided to bring you a few of our best tips on how to make an interesting diary to document all your adventures!

First things first, it is sometimes a good idea to begin your journal before you’ve even left. You can help yourself get started by simply describing the trip to yourself - What do you think it will be like? What can you not wait to see? How do you expect to feel? It is very interesting to compare your thoughts and ideas on how you believe a place will be, to how your opinion changes when faced with the reality!

Need a more practical approach? You can also use your diary to plan your adventure before you leave - What restaurants do you really want to try? What do you need a photo in front of?

Next, make your journal fun to read back on. This begins with not just listing your activities of the day – it’s boring to read and boring to write! Include different things, and mix it up. It doesn’t have to be chronological and you don’t need to include everything you’ve done from dawn until dusk, it could include drawings, stick in ticket stubs and bottle caps, include photos, anything that interests you – it’s your journal, after all. Recording overheard dialogue can be a fun way to remind yourself of your trip later, too!

Of course, there are some practicalities to keeping your travel diary. “I always find it helpful to write in my journal when the events of the day are still fresh in my head”, says Michael Levingston, travel writer at BigAssignments. “Don’t forget to date your memories, too, and add a location, otherwise you’ll only end up wondering where and when a certain event happened a few months down the line!”

Try including an array of different topics, to give you ideas what to write about. What are the shops like? How is the food? Are there any recipes you want to try at home? What are the people like? Did you pick up any new bits of language? These are all excellent ways to help you reflect on how your travel is helping you to grow, and will help to jog your memory once you have returned home!

There are people who make a lot of money from writing travel journals and blogs online in the 21st century, and it is surprisingly easy to do, with a bit of know-how. Your first step is to make your writing to a high standard, and there are tools available to do this:

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  • ViaWriting + Studydemic – these tools are very helpful if you struggle with grammar, or even if you just want to check you’re on the right track!

  • AustralianHelp + Essayroo – online proofreading tools are very important when you are trying to create good, well-written content, and these two websites can provide you with the necessary help (as suggested by Essayroo.com review.)

  • Stateofwriting + MyWritingWay – if you are looking for help on how to get the ball rolling with your writing, look no further than these writing blogs!

  • Boomessays + UKWritings – as we have said, online proofreading tools are invaluable when writing anything, and can be a game-changer when writing your journal! These tools are mentioned by SimpleGrad.

  • WritingPopulist + LetsGoandLearn – you can’t have too much guidance when it comes to writing, so these online writing guides are very helpful!

Don’t forget to add plenty of pictures and postcards into your journal where you can. A picture speaks a thousand words, and there is really something to be said for a physical, hard copy of a photo in our digital age.

Finally, write when you come back off your travels. What did you learn about the world, about the culture, and about yourself? What did you love most? What do you wish you had done differently? Chances are, you’ll have caught the travel bug (if you haven’t already!) and your next journey will be right around the corner. Making a note of what you did well and what you could have done better can make all the difference!

Writing a travel journal start out exciting; you write an entry each day while you’re still oozing with energy and enthusiasm for your new adventure. However, this can sometimes dwindle, and writing can become tedious. It doesn’t have to be this way, though! By following some of these tips, you can create a brilliant, fun diary, that you (and maybe others) can read back and admire!

Have you kept a travel journal before? Let us know what keeps you motivated to write in the comments!

Guest Contributor, Grace Carter, is the chief editor of Via Writing - a go to source for everything writing. She is also an avid backpacker and lover of all things Asia! She manages content at Academic Writing Service and PaperFellows websites. Grace works alongside marketing team and helps guide interns. Also, she teaches business writing at OX Essays service.