Travel Tips

How to Achieve Your New Year's Travel Goals

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Goal setting is a huge part of the new year. We don't think that you should have to wait until the new year to make positive changes in your life, but it is such a great opportunity to start fresh and reassess your priorities. If you're anything like us, you've set some new year's travel goals that you're determined to accomplish in 2018. We're here to help you stay on track.

In order to achieve your new year's travel goals (like achieving any goal) you'll need a plan. We make plans so that we can break down one big goal into several smaller goals, effectively compartmentalizing in order to remove the stress, make clear progress and ultimately accomplish what we set out to. Achieving your travel goals this new year will be no different. Here is how you can take action to make sure you reach your dream destinations in 2018.

Determine Your Priorities

This is probably the most important step. If you really want to travel more, travel further or travel for longer in the new year, you must make travel a high priority in your life. If you fail to do this, you won't make it much further than your couch.

If there is anything holding you back, now is the time to confront those challenges. Don't think you have enough money? Have time restrictions? Not sure how to travel with kids? Unsure about traveling solo? Your situation probably isn't as dire as you think. In fact, there are tons of travelers out there in the exact same situation as you making it work. The difference is they place a high priority on travel.

Decide on a Destination & Timeline

You're determined to turn your day dreaming into concrete action! Well, the next step in accomplishing your new year's travel goals is deciding on a destination and timeline. Some things to consider while deciding - travel expenses, time of year, weather, accessibility, bucket list destinations and recommendations.

Set a Budget and Start Saving

Now that you've chosen a destination and timeline, you should have a general idea of how much the trip will cost. But it's now time to take a deeper dive. You'll want to take into account the price of transportation, accommodation, food and give yourself a buffer for entrance fees, tours and other experiences.

With your budget in mind, set a plan and save for your trip. This is where prioritizing travel really comes in handy because you will likely have to make some sacrifices in order to cut expenses and save for your trip. You'll be on your way to achieving your new year's travel goals in no time!

Travel Plan

Travel planning is clearly our favorite step towards achieving travel goals. You probably have an idea of what your travel destination has to offer but this is where you put it all together. Purchase flights and other transportation, look into accommodations and make reservations if necessary, and do research on all of the things you might like to do on your trip. How prepared you will want to be is mostly a personal preference but we highly recommend at least knowing your options. 

Stay Inspired

Want to know a travel hack to stay inspired leading up to a trip? Research! It's easy to accomplish your travel goals when you are constantly looking up the amazing things you can do on your trip. Find something you're excited about that your destination offers and buy a book or start listening to a podcast about it. Learn at least some general words and phrases if you don't speak the language. Research the political climate, history and anything else you might be interested in. This will serve you well as you lead up to your trip and better prepare you for your travel experience overall.

Set Off

Alright, the time has come! Pack your bags and get ready to achieve your new year's travel goals. You can finally relax on that beach, explore that city or climb that mountain that you've always dreamt of. And remember, have fun!  


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10 Easy Ways to Cut Expenses & Save for Travel

Want to start setting money aside to reach your travel goals?

The first thing you should do is make a list of your current expenses and start brainstorming ways that you can cut back. A lot of daily costs are in small purchases that definitely add up. These items are easy to cut or replace, which means savings will now add up instead!

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Here are some easy ways to take action today and start saving for an epic adventure:

No more coffee shop runs

Make coffee at home or cut it out altogether. Those cups of coffee add up quick!

Cook for yourself instead of going out

Bring your lunch into work, cook for yourself at home. Sure, sometimes its convenient to eat out but this is a great way to save some cash.

Cut your cable service

In the age of live streaming it's easier than ever to cut your cable service. Movies are always good, you can always live stream your favorite shows, or lose the TV altogether and pick up a good book you've got lying around.

Reduce your utilities

Wear a sweater or turn on a fan. Take shorter showers. Turn lights off in rooms you aren't in. It all adds up!

Compare prices when shopping

Compare prices of similar items when making purchases. Coupons are another good idea.

Quit the gym and workout at home

You can always run, hike, or exercise at home or outside!

Don't buy bottled water

Drink tap water or filtered water instead of buying plastic water bottles. Not only is it better for your wallet but it's also better for the environment.

Lose the car if you can

We spend a crazy amount of money on our cars. Gas and maintenance really add up. If you're able to become less reliant on your own vehicle, you'll be able to save a lot. Alternatives could be the subway, bus, biking or walking.

Ditch your landline

If you still pay for a landline, stop it. Now.

Stop drinking/smoking

For some people this will be the biggest opportunity for saving. Drinking and smoking are both bad for your health and cost a lot of money. If you cut back or stop entirely, you'll have a lot more money to spend on your upcoming epic adventure.

Saving money doesn't have to be overly difficult. Implement these ten ways to cut your expenses and you'll see the savings add up. You'll be on that epic adventure in no time.


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Tips for the First Time Traveler

So, you're setting off to travel the world for the first time. Are you excited? Anxious? Nervous? Traveling for the first time can be a whirlwind of emotions. You don't know what to expect, heck, you don't even know anyone that knows what to expect. You'll probably make some rookie travel mistakes (we all have) but if we could sit down and give first time travelers some advice, this would be it.

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Pack Light

The way you pack can have a massive influence on your trip. That being said, there tend to be two types of travelers -- those that pack light and those that wish they had. Do your best to stick to one suitcase or backpack. Remember, if you forget something or realize that you need an item during your trip, you can buy basic necessities at virtually any travel destination.

Be Prepared

Do the research. Have a plan. This doesn't mean you need to have an detailed itinerary (we are all about flexibility) but you should research your destination, things you might like to do, any problems or difficulties you might encounter, and try to become familiar with basic customs and some simple phrases.

The Boring Stuff

Notify your bank that you will be traveling abroad and call your cell service provider to understand your restrictions and fees for using your phone abroad. Always have travel insurance. Lastly, make sure you have a cushion on your travel budget for expenses or emergencies you didn't account for.

Don't live & die by your guidebook

Guidebooks are great! We think they are a huge help when planning an epic adventure. They give you quick information around budgeting, must see sites, must do activities and way more. But if you're looking for truly unique and authentic travel experiences, don't live and die by your guidebook. Be open, take recommendations,  get off the beaten path, discover your destination for yourself.

Make an effort

Make an effort to learn a few words or phrases in the host language. Make an effort to pick up on the cultural norms. Make an effort to meet new people and be open minded. You will learn more and feel a stronger sense of connection to your destination.

Slow Down

Our instinct while traveling is to maximize our time. More destinations, more adventures, more hotels, more pictures. BUT, if you step back for a second, you may realize how much more you can get out of traveling by slowing down. Slow travel is all about taking more time in each travel destination, in order to experience a truer rhythm of life.

Go with the flow

It's easy to over-plan and get overwhelmed when traveling. Be flexible with your itinerary and take the stress out of your travels. Plan the most important parts of your trip, know your options on other things that you might like to do, and go with the flow.

Be Adventurous

Travel is all about new experiences. Even if you aren't really the adventurous type you will benefit by putting yourself out there a little bit while traveling. Go on that sunrise hike, eat all the street food, talk to the locals, challenge yourself. Practice feeling comfortable with being uncomfortable. It is a valuable skill to have outside of travel as well.

Don't be so shy

We get it, it takes courage to strike up conversation with strangers and its easier to just keep to yourself. Don't let that stop you from meeting a new friend or getting some good travel advice. Take the first step and say hello - sometimes, its as simple as that. You really don't have anything to lose.

You Can Go Home Any Time

If, for whatever reason, you are truly hating traveling and are not having a good time, stop and rest for a while - maybe in a big city or wherever feels most comfortable to you. If you are still hating it when you get back on the road, it is totally fine to head home early. There is no shame in admitting to yourself that travel, or that travel experience, wasn't for you.


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Travel Journal Inspiration: What to Write About

There are all sorts of reasons why you should keep a travel journal. You'll remember more of what made your trip special, you'll learn more about your destination and yourself, and it is a great opportunity to reflect. But if you're finding it challenging to come up with writing inspiration, here are some travel journal topics to get your creative juices flowing.

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Why are you going?

You don't necessarily have to have a reason to go travel but if you are going for a specific reason, that is a great topic to write about. You could touch on your goals or anything your hoping to take away from the experience.

What are your expectations?

Expectations are usually pretty different from reality but it is a great idea to write about what you think your destination might be like. 

What is the reality?

There will surely be some differences between your expectations and reality. Write about how they differ and how that has changed your perspective.

Sights, sounds, smells

New experiences that appealed to your senses are always a great topic to journal about. Local markets are usually a hotspot for new sights, sounds and smells.

Food you eat

What is the local food like? Do you like it? How is it different from what you're used to?

People you meet

Journal about an encounter that you had with a local or another travel. If you've made new friends on your trip you could write about how they have affected your experience. 

An activity you did

If you did something that you've never done before, that is a great topic to write about. Did you enjoy yourself? Did it live up to expectations? Would you do it again?

How do you feel?

There can be many ups and downs while traveling. At any given moment, write about how you feel. Are you having the best time of your life? Do you miss home? Are you looking forward to something?

What have you learned?

Journaling about what you've learned during your trip is a great way to reflect on your experience. What can you learn from the local culture? What have you learned about yourself? What has your travel experience taught you?

How can you apply what you learned back home?

List some actionable things that you can do when you're back home to apply what you've learned during your travels.


Check out our travel notebooks, equipped with a large journal section, to get the most out of your travels.

Benefits of Slow Travel

 
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Our instinct when traveling is to maximize our time. More countries, more cities, more hotels, more adventures, more highlights. For some people, travel has become more about a badge of honor or an Instagram pic than an experience. Its even fairly common to hear the phrase "I've done France". Slow travel is the opposite of all of that.

Slow travel is picking a destination, maybe a cottage in the English countryside or an apartment in the heart of Tokyo, and staying for an extended period of time. You take the time to experience the rhythms of life in your new destination, go to the market, cook your food, read, maybe even do nothing on occasion.

Not to say that traveling slow is always better. This depends of course on the traveler, how much time in a destination and what you want to get out of your travel experience. But one thing is certain, more people should give traveling slow a shot. Here are a few of the biggest benefits of slow travel:

Better connect to your destination

If you've been here before then you know that we exist solely to help travelers better connect to their destinations. Traveling slow is a great way to do that. It enables you to meet more locals, have authentic experiences more often, and learn more about the history and culture of your destination. 

More eco-friendly

Consider the environmental cost of your trip. The fewer the travel destinations, the less your carbon footprint is. Additionally, a plane is more harmful to the environment than a train, a train is more harmful to the environment than a bike, etc. 

Cheaper

Transportation is often the most expensive part of traveling. Less travel means spending less money. You'll also often receive discounts for longer term stays on accommodation. 

Less stress

With slow travel comes more time, more relaxation, the opportunity for more of a routine and, without a doubt, less stress.

Spontaneity

Traveling slow will guarantee a very personalized and unique travel experience. Without the rush to notch off all the top sites, you will have more time to seek out other types of experiences. It allows you to veer away from your plan if you want, or simply let a unique experience play itself out without rushing to the next place.


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Tips For Traveling Solo

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Why Travel Alone

Your first time traveling alone can often feel like a spiritual experience. So many new sites, smells and encounters without secondhand influence can be powerful stuff. It's okay to indulge, traveling alone is worth it. 

Of course, traveling alone has its cons as well - like loneliness or safety concerns. But common sense and good planning should take care of those situations. We're of the mindset that everyone should travel alone at least once. Not only will you see your destination from a new light, but you'll also learn a ton about yourself in the process.

Meeting People

Traveling alone often makes meeting new people (locals or fellow travelers) even easier. Strike up a conversation with your waiter, make friends with likeminded travelers at your hostel, etc. Solo travelers will often make friends and travel together for parts of their trips which can be a good option if you're feeling lonely. Meeting new people is a great part of traveling by yourself but don't be afraid of staying solo, you might learn to love your own company.

Travel With Purpose

Want to learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu? Travel to Brazil and train with the pros. Want to learn everything about wine? Book a stay in the Tuscan countryside of Italy. Want to learn to speak Spanish? Enroll in Spanish classes in Costa Rica. There are a million ways to travel with a purpose they will all help you make local connections, have amazing experiences and take some pressure off of traveling solo.

Eating Out

Don't miss out on an amazing meal because you are embarrassed about eating dinner alone. Most people won't even notice and if they do, who cares!? Some solo travelers prefer to sit at the bar but honestly, anywhere will do. You can always bring a book that you can read if you start feeling a little awkward.

Staying Safe

This is often the biggest deterrent for travelers thinking about a solo trip. But safety in numbers isn't always true as solo travelers can usually blend in better than a group. While traveling solo can be perfectly safe, always be aware of your surroundings, watch your drinks, be aware of local scams and use common sense. It is also a big help to learn at least some basic words and phrases in the local language. 


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Tips to Travel Like a Local

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What better way to connect with your destination than by pretending you really lived there? Here are our tips on how to travel like a local!

Stay with a local

 AirBnB, HomeAway, Couch Surfing, Home Stays - One of the best ways to travel like a local is to stay with one. Not only will this get you out of the tourist zones and into a neighborhood, but your host will usually have tons of information on their favorite places to eat, drink and hang out. They will often even take you themselves.

Travel to places where you know someone

Travel to places where you have a connection that will show you around or give you some tips. Meeting new people while traveling is a great way to gain friends from all over the world. Take advantage of those connections, to find the local hotspots!

Public transportation

If you want to travel like a local, you must actually travel like the locals. Use the bus system or take the subway!

Don't rely on tours

Tours can be a great way to experience a new site, learn about your destination and meet new people, but if you want a truly authentic experience you may want to look elsewhere. This is where trip planning can come in handy - sometimes it's better to create your own tour. 

Learn local customs and at least some phrases

Do yourself a favor and research the local culture and customs before you arrive at your travel destination. Also, try to pick up a few simple phrases that will likely come in handy on your trip. You will be less likely to look like the lost tourist and the locals will be appreciative. 

Eat local

Ask locals for their favorite restaurant recommendations or head into the packed lunch spot with no tourists. This is a great way to get a taste for living like a local.

Don't hang out with tourists

Obviously it's great to make friends and you can meet some very interesting travelers, but if you want to travel like a local, try to befriend some locals. 

Dress the part

Be aware of the local dress and act accordingly. This could mean getting a sense for the local customs, or just style. 

Get lost

Take some detours, go the long way back to your hotel, go for a run through town. Always be safe and aware of your surroundings, but don't be afraid to get off the beaten path when you feel like it.

Travel with Purpose

Want to learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu? Travel to Brazil and train with the pros. Want to learn everything about wine? Book a stay in the Tuscan countryside of Italy. Want to learn to speak Spanish? Enroll in Spanish classes in Costa Rica. There are a million ways to travel with a purpose and it is one of the best ways to make an authentic connection with locals.


Want to better connect to your destination? Get an Adventure Assist Travel Notebook over on our SHOP page today!

Travel Hacking for Beginners

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First off, what is travel hacking? Travel hacking entails utilizing incentives and other simple "hacks" to save money on traveling.  Leveraging existing rules of airlines, credit card companies and hotel chains, make earning free or cheap flights, lodging, and upgrades possible. A big part of travel hacking is earning frequent flier miles, reward points, and statuses, but there are additional ways to save money while traveling as well.

Since you're aren't living under a rock, you know that you should start your hunt for cheap airfare with a site that searches for multiple fares. Some of our favorites are Kayak, Skyscanner and Momondo. Being flexible has its perks too. If you can leave a day earlier, or avoid peak travel times, you can definitely save big.

But here are some things that you may not know: 

SIGN UP FOR REWARDS PROGRAMS

A good way to go about this is to pick an airline you like, that you tend to fly frequently, and sign up for their rewards program. You should fly this airline whenever possible, even if the ticket price is slightly higher than its competitors. If you need to fly another airline at any point due to price or availability, you should sign up for their rewards program as well. The same should be done with major hotel chains. This is the slow way of earning cheaper travel, but it works and is an important first step.

SIGN UP FOR CREDIT CARDS

Airline credit cards, and generic travel reward credit cards through a bank, are great for accelerating the rate at which you collect rewards points. When used properly, credit cards can be a powerful tool. Be aware that there is always a minimum spending requirement to reach the bonuses, so this requires a bit of research and smart spending. Make sure you're able to pay off your airline credit card each month, because these cards tend to have higher interest rates.

CHECK AIRLINE AVAILABILITY AS IF YOU WERE IN THAT COUNTRY

If you're flying an airline based in a foreign country, check availability as if you were there. For example, if you are going to be traveling to Colombia and want to fly domestically from one city to another after your arrival, you should update the landing page to "Colombia - English" instead of "United States - English". If you can wait until you are in that country to purchase the tickets, this sometimes works even better. This hack is best for domestic flights within your destination country. 

CHECK YOUR DESTINATION AIRPORT TO SEE WHAT OTHER AIRLINES FLY THERE

You can often get an international flight, with a domestic leg purchased separately, for considerably cheaper than an international flight, with a layover. The trick is to search the lower budget, local airlines for cheaper domestic flights.

These basic travel hacking tips will go a long way to help save you money while traveling!

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How To Stay Organized While Traveling

Traveling can be the perfect time to "get away" and explore new cultures, go on epic adventures, or just relax for a few days. It should be a thoroughly enjoyable experience! These are our tips for how to stay organized while traveling so you can have the best time possible rather than feeling stressed out.

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Packing List

A great place to start your travel organization is with a packing list. Putting a packing list together insures that you don't leave any must have items behind and that you are properly prepared for your travels. (You can use ours!)

Pack Light

Packing light is the easiest way to stay organized while traveling because you don't have as much to keep up with. By packing light, you are more mobile, flexible, and you know where all of your travel gear is.

Packing Aids

Packing cubes and compression bags not only save space but they are also great for separating and organizing your items so that you know exactly where everything is when inside your bag.

Unpack Immediately

This is a hot topic but we have found that we are the most organized (and most sane) when we unpack immediately upon arrival to our travel destination. Living out of your suitcase or backpack is just no way to live. Put clothes in drawers or on hangers, take your gear out to put in a safe place, etc. You'll be more organized while at your destination and won't have to search for that missing item deep in your bag. Whether you plan on staying for a few days or a few months, we stand by unpacking immediately upon arrival. 

Keep Travel Details In One Place

Write down your most important travel details in one place. Recording flight numbers and times, hotel addresses and phone numbers, and anything else that you may have to reference, is a total hack for being efficient and organized while traveling. (Our Adventure Assist travel notebook is perfect for this!)

Itinerary/Calendar

Another hot topic -- Do you plan your travel itinerary ahead of your trip or just show up for a completely spontaneous adventure? Our proven plan of attack is to do our research, know our options, but decide for sure what we want to do as we go along. This way we feel better informed and connected to our destination but also maintain some spontaneity. We've found that making a list of all our options is extremely helpful and we also recommend maintaining a travel itinerary/calendar as you make decisions for tours, transportation, etc. (Adventure Assist travel notebooks come equipped with both a To-Do section as well as a full 12 month itinerary calendar!)

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Pro Packing Tips

Let's start with the basics.

Packing is a skill that you get better at the more you travel but there is no denying that the way you pack can have a massive impact on your trip (positively or negatively). That being said, there tend to be two types of travelers -- those that pack light and those that wish they had.

So, how do you pack for a whole trip in just your suitcase or backpack? You may not want to hear this but the answer is actually pretty simple: pack very little. 

Don't think in terms of what could come in handy, think in terms of necessity. When in doubt, leave it out. Remember, if you forget something or realize that you need an item during your trip, you can buy basic necessities at virtually any travel destination. Although it may seem counterintuitive, you shouldn't pack for the worst case scenario. Pack for the best case scenario and handle any issues as they come up.

Furthermore, plan on doing laundry regularly during your travels. We promise, it is the better alternative to carrying more stuff. Whether you are traveling for a few weeks or a few months, you should pack the exact same amount. 

Now that we've covered the basics, Here are our tips for packing like a pro:

1. One bag, that's it

The importance of packing light can't be overstated. Carrying a lot of luggage identifies you as a typical tourist, moving around becomes a large-scale undertaking and pick pockets are drawn to your helplessness. By restricting yourself to only one bag, however, you are back in control. 

Sure, you can bring along a day pack or tote bag, but only one suitcase or backpack should be allowed. While we're at it, make sure it's within carry-on restrictions for the most economical and hassle free travel experience.  

2. Do some research

If you want to be comfortable, maximize your travel wardrobe, and/or blend in to your new destination, doing some research before packing is a must. Plan ahead for specific activities, expected weather, as well as any cultural norms that you should be conscious of. Most activities that impose a dress code will make sure that the dress code is clear, predictable weather conditions can easily be found by a quick Google search, and virtually any guidebook has important information on cultural norms to keep in mind. 

3. Make a packing list (you can use ours!)

When it comes to packing, start the process at least a few days before your departure so that you have enough time to put together a complete packing list and purchase any items that you still might need for your trip. Creating a packing list is the easiest way to ensure you're bringing everything you need (and nothing more!), and provides some nice peace of mind.

4. Packing aids

Packing cubes help keep items separate in your bag and make accessing a specific item easier and more efficient. Compression bags are great for saving space but keep in mind that they can make quickly accessing a specific item slightly more of a challenge.

5. Pack dual purpose clothing

Bring versatile clothing that you can wear in several different outfits or styles. Remember, if a clothing item can be worn in multiple ways, that is less that you'll need to pack. Bringing earth tones that can be worn together is usually a safe move and you can add style with accessories such as scarves or hats.

Packing for dual purposes is especially important with shoes. As the heaviest and bulkiest items to pack (typically), make sure you are maximizing the use of each pair you decide to bring. Bonus pro tip: rethink bringing bulky hiking boots in favor of running or cross training shoes that you may bring anyway.

6. Layer

Packing clothes that can be easily layered, adds versatility to your travel wardrobe and reduces the need to bring larger, bulkier items. By layering, it's easy to modify your outfit to match the style and comfort level that is fitting for a particular moment.

Packing for colder weather can present an even bigger challenge, but if you pack clothes that can be layered you will save tons of space and be better prepared for unexpected temperature changes. This is especially important for extended trips where you'll encounter varying climates and temperatures.

7. Roll, don't fold

To save space and protect against wrinkling, roll your clothes. This actually results in quite a bit of extra space and your clothes will be less prone to getting wrinkles and fold creases.

8. Fill out empty spaces

Pack smaller items in your shoes, a packed purse, or an unused pocket in your backpack. Rolling your clothes helps in this area too because those tightly rolled clothes can often fit in places where they couldn't if they were folded. The most important takeaway is to utilize the spaces that are often overlooked. 

 

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10 Reasons to Keep a Travel Journal

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1. You'll forget more than you might think

Let's face it, our memories aren't always great. In fact, sometimes we can forget some pretty amazing stuff. How old is the Colosseum in Rome? What was the name of that delicious sushi restaurant in Tokyo? What did you learn about yourself backpacking South America solo for 3 months? 

Considering all of the excitement around new experiences while traveling, it can often seem like a specific travel experience would be impossible to forget. However, we know that's not the case. You'll be so frustrated later when you're trying to remember those memories that you didn't write down.

2. It helps you better connect to your destination

Have you read any books about your destination? A travel journal is the perfect place to take notes. Heard a song you like by a famous musician from your destination? Write it down. Taken a tour of a monument and learned about its history? Take some time to write about your experience. 

Not only will you better remember this information, but you will feel more connected to your destination. We often travel because we like experiencing cultures different from our own to learn and grow. This is a great tool to do just that.

3. Store practical information

A travel journal is a great place to record all of the practical information that you want to remember -- the email address of that friendly backpacker at a hostel in India, the name of your favorite restaurant in Mexico City, or that artist that you discovered at the Louvre. 

You'll be glad you have all of this information to refer back to when you are returning to a travel destination or are giving advice out to fellow travelers.

4. Learn about yourself

Traveling can be a practice of self discovery. As you learn about your destination, you can now apply that perspective to your own life. What better medium to discover yourself than to write down your thoughts and emotions into a travel journal and get the most out of your new insights.

5. Creative Inspiration

Traveling often seems like a never-ending source of creative inspiration. Adding your own spin to your travel journal will not only make the practice more pleasurable, it will increase your connection to a location by adding your personal expressions. Drawings, lists, maps, recipes and even including postcards and ticket stubs are ways to liven up your entries for a dynamic view into your own unique travel experiences.

6. A place to call your own

Amid new places, people and cultures, its nice to have an outlet that is uniquely your own while traveling. By keeping a travel journal, you have a place to reflect on your very personal travel experiences and are able to express yourself within the comfortability of your own self expression. Often out of your comfort zone while traveling, its nice to have a place to call your very own. 

7. An outlet for travel stress

Sometimes travel is complex -- and stressful. On these occasions, your journal can be a lifeline of sorts. If feeling homesick, anxious or frustrated, writing about it in your travel journal can bring some relief and offers reflection into the situation. You will usually find that things aren't as bad as they had seemed and that you are just as brave and resilient as you have always been. 

8. It's a good use of time

Have a 4 hour layover? What about a 7 hour train ride? Eating lunch alone? A travel journal is a great use of time in these situations and more. Take advantage of the minor inconveniences that often accompany travel and use that time for creative expression, self-reflection or recording anything else that you'd like to remember.

9. Helping others when you get home

Ever had a friend ask for travel tips from a recent destination only to struggle to remember the specifics? Recording these practical details not only helps you get more out of your trip but it very well might help a friend get the most out of theirs.

10. It's a great keepsake

There's not much in life that can replace an old travel journal and its charming character from being worn out on the road. Your travel journal will serve as a tangible, and often beautiful, keepsake to look through and reminisce about your many adventures for years to come. 

 

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