Dare to keep an Italy travel journal on paper during your trip to Il Bel Paese. Take it everywhere you go and you will make your trip more memorable. Back home every time you read some pages from your Italian diary you will notice that each entry or doodle increases in value with time (like a well-aged wine).
- A travel journal can be a tool for self-growth – Traveling is already a life school in itself. Keeping a travel notebook during your trip will make you more alert and even more focused. You will probably learn more about yourself, your capabilities and limits in two weeks in Italy than in a whole year at home.
- Immortalizing your personal records – You don’t want to rely exclusively on your memory because even if you think you will remember, you will not. If you use your travel diary to write down your unique Italian experiences, the amazing works of art you saw, the places you visit, the friends you make and the food you ate you will not allow your experiences to vanish.
- A handy time-killer – A travel journal helps you fight boredom or restlessness during long waits for a bus or train, in airports, or when you are eating alone if you are a solo traveler. Besides, jotting down a few words on your diary is more creative and expressive (and probably healthier) than staring at your smartphone all the time.
- A patient, understanding friend – If you had a not-so-perfect day or perhaps one of those unfortunate travel incidents that go with the territory, you can vent and rant as much as you like, your Italy travel journal will not complain as a travel partner would after a while.
- Your doodles are valuable – Adding sketches and little drawings to your diary will make your Italy trip more vivid —now and later on.
- It helps you to show off – When you get home all the details you have nurtured in your secret Italian diary will make your accounts of your Italy trip much more intriguing, interesting and even more seductive for your friends and the family members that didn’t travel with you.
- Great for family gatherings – If you are young, when you have kids and tell them about your Italy journeys (that you will remember perfectly thanks to your travel journal) you will share golden moments together, and if you are not so young, you will have the happiest of times with your grandchildren.
Remember that your Italy travel journal can be as serious or as playful as you want it to be. It’s up to you!
How to Write a Travel Journal
- Don’t be self-conscious. Go ahead and write! You simply write down whatever you feel like writing, as short or as long as you want it to be without passing judgment. If it’s a list of things, it’s fine, if it’s two words as a reminder, it`s also fine. Just jot something down!
- A journal is not a book and nobody is going to read it unless you want to. You are not competing for a Pulitzer Price. The grammar doesn’t have to be absolutely perfect and you aren’t writing a novel where everything has to be coherent and be there for a reason.
- Do not be afraid to add drawings too, they don’t have to be museum-grade works of art, they are for your private enjoyment only. You will remember more about the place and how you felt with your humble doodles than with fifty smartphone pictures of the same place taken absentmindedly.
- If you are not used to writing and blank pages intimidate you, start by jotting down notes about the places and the attractions you saw and the people you met, write whatever springs to mind this very instant.
- Italy, Rome, Venice, Lake Garda, Lake Como, Tuscany, Sicily or Naples feature so many wonders, such delicious food… that it is almost impossible that you don’t come up with something to write in your Italy travel notebook.
- Start with brief comments and in time your notes and reflections will get longer and deeper without you even trying. Perhaps keeping a travel journal will be the first step to a regular daily journal. Keeping a diary can help a lot to cope with life and to be mindful.
Your Italy travel journal will survive you. Isn’t this a cool legacy for the younger generations of your family?