At the end of a travel day, journal about the events, people, and places you encountered.
In “Launch Your Travels” blog, the independent traveler Jen made several suggestions that a woman traveling alone can do in the evenings. It is rich with ideas for not only her niche audience, but for other travelers as well.
I had one thing to add to her suggestions, I’d like to share it with you here. If you do nothing else but this at the end of each day, you will have succeeded as being a thoughtful, purposeful, intentional traveler.
Journal about your travels. During dinner alone jot some notes while waiting for your meal to arrive. Make more full bodied reports of your travels that day after returning to your lodging. Here are some ideas to consider writing about.
- Record a conversation you had with a child, stranger or tour guide.
- Describe a place, person you met, or an experience you had, using all your senses.
- Write your reactions (emotions, thoughts, challenged beliefs) to what you encountered during this day.
- Reflect on a theme you set for your journey (i.e., as big as history or architecture, as small as slang or t-shirt sayings).
- Report your progress on an intention you set for yourself before traveling (such as do something each day you’ve never done before or practice your second language with locals).