Do you write a diary when you travel?

@maximax8 (28558)
United Kingdom
October 17, 2011 8:29am CST
I think that it is worth writing a diary when on a vacation or trip overseas and it is superb to take photos. I have written some diaries of some of my trips which I have enjoyed reading years later. I put my travel photos in special looking photo albums, type labels for them and stick a postcard or photo on the front cover. I wrote a book about my trip around the the world but I didn't choose to get it published. Do you write a diary when you travel? Are you in the habit of taking photos on your vacations or trips? Could you write about which countries you enjoyed visiting the most?
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
22 Oct 11
I tried to write a diary, but I think my life is so boring that I can't find anything interesting to say about it...
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@AmbiePam (50056)
• United States
22 Oct 11
Your life, boring? I don't think so!
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@jricky1 (6808)
• China
18 Oct 11
Of course i would write down my diaries about traveling in another place.It's so memorable after i think of my travel.I love travel so much,but now i do not have enough money to afford me to go abroad.I think i would choose Canada to have a further travel.Could you help me that how much money do i need if i stay in Canada for one week?Thanks.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
18 Oct 11
This would depend on which city you intend to stay. And what activities you want to do. It could get really expensive if say, you go west coast and do some skiing.
@jricky1 (6808)
• China
19 Oct 11
Isn't that i should show my proof of fund? But i just get to work and do not have any bank savings.So i just wonder at least how much money i need if i go west.and i wish i could spend least money to travel as much places as i can in one week.Good luck and thanks.
@maximax8 (28558)
• United Kingdom
19 Oct 11
I hope that you will go on a trip to Canada. It is a very large country and big cities are more expensive than rural areas. You could fly to Canada and stay in that city or you could use trains and buses to travel around some of a region. I suggest flying to Halifax: having 3 days there and then catching a shuttle to Prince Edward Island for days. It would cost about $500 for such a trip including accommodation, food and travel expenses in Canada. I went to Vancouver and stayed with a friend then later on my trip I stayed with family. One of my friends visited the Rocky Mountains and she loved it there. She also visited Vancouver.
@mivvvy (174)
• Netherlands
17 Oct 11
Writing a diary about my trips is essential for me. It means I remember where I have been. This year I went on a two-month cycling trip from the Netherlands to the Polish border and back. Every day, we were in a different place and in a different hotel. The countryside sometimes looked very similar to what we saw the previous day. That's why I take photos and write down remarkable things I saw or did. This helps to remember where I was and when. Last year's cycling trip was to Prague and back, a different route but the same experience. If I hadn't kept a diary, the trips would easily have been mixed up. I used to put my travel photos in an album, but now with digital photos I don't. They are a bit like transparencies in the old days,they were kept in neat boxes. I keep my didgital photos in neat files and can access them whenever I like. It goes without saying that I have two sets of back-ups. It is impossible for me to say which country I enjoyed most. All I can say is that Tanzania and Zanzibar are at the bottom of my list
@maximax8 (28558)
• United Kingdom
18 Oct 11
Thanks for your excellent and very interesting response. I am delighted to hear about your two month cycling trip from the Netherlands to the Polish border. Do you have many gears on your bike? I have 21 on my bike and these were helpful when I lived in a hilly area. It is superb that you write a travel diary. I am keen on the way you organize your digital photos. Many people think Zanzibar is paradise but it sounded awful in one of your discussions.
@mivvvy (174)
• Netherlands
19 Oct 11
bike with 21 gears, and we are quite good at tackling hills (which are mountains to me)
@mivvvy (174)
• Netherlands
19 Oct 11
and thanks for the BR, you made my day!
17 Oct 11
I take a lot of pictures but, do not really ever tend to write a diary unless I have to because it is a work trip. When I went to California with work I had to keep a diary of what we did as we had a travel supplement go out with a travel magazine for industry staff so I did a lot of the writing for it! It is nice to look at it sometimes now too knowing I contributed so much!
@maximax8 (28558)
• United Kingdom
19 Oct 11
Hi Frankie, It is excellent that you take a lot of photos. You seemed to enjoy keeping the diary of your trip to California. It was excellent that you contributed so much to the travel supplement in the travel magazine. It most be very exciting to work in the travel industry.
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21 Oct 11
It is exciting sometimes but, it is also stressful on other occasions! Lol
@AmbiePam (50056)
• United States
22 Oct 11
When I went to Australia and New Zealand back in 2000, I knew my hand would get tired of writing down all of my thoughts and experiences. So I got a tape recorder with a lot of tiny cassette tapes to record everything that I was thinking and feeling. Then I'd label each tiny tape to document which days I talked about, and things like that. It saved me a lot of handwriting.
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
22 Oct 11
You get every scrap of interesting here on the lot, the rest of the time its unending boredom!
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
18 Oct 11
The closest thing to a diary that I make when we travel for holidays is to take lots of pictures. I would have lots of pictures for everything that we do. And then all these pictures gets into a storybook-album that I create online which gets printed at the end of the year. We have 3 yearly-albums so far. When we go through it, it tells the story of all the activities we did for that particular year. It's something nice to look after a few years.
@maximax8 (28558)
• United Kingdom
19 Oct 11
Thanks for your wonderful response Bounce. I like the sound of your photo albums that you have made so far. The story book albums sound very interesting. Printing at the end of the year is a sensible thing to do. In some cases I have traveled in one year and returned home the next year like 1993-1994, 2001-2002 and 2003-2004.
@jlamela (4909)
• Philippines
18 Oct 11
Yes, I always write entries in my diary when I am traveling because I want to record every moment I spent in wonderful places.
@maximax8 (28558)
• United Kingdom
19 Oct 11
It is superb that you use a diary to record all your fantastic travel experiences.
@r3jcorp (1384)
• Philippines
18 Oct 11
No, I don't write any diary at all. But I do take a lot of pictures. For me pictures would say a lot of words than a diary. Now that I discovered blogging, maybe I just blog it to share to other people my travel experiences.
@maximax8 (28558)
• United Kingdom
19 Oct 11
I know what you mean about using a picture to say lots of words. I am pleased to hear that you have discovered blogging so other people can enjoy reading about your travel experiences.
• Indonesia
18 Oct 11
I do not writing a diary when on a trip. I prefer, record my voice to recount every detail of my trip. And of course i will be take a beautiful place photo during a trip as memorable.
@maximax8 (28558)
• United Kingdom
19 Oct 11
That is very interesting to hear. It sounds as though you easily record your voice on each of your trips. Some people use a pocket camera recorder to make movie like episodes of their travels.
@albto_568 (1268)
• Costa Rica
17 Oct 11
I wrote a diary, but not for traveling, but a regular one, when I was a child, but, I guess that I am not either ordered nor disciplined enough to carry out one for so long, while traveling, I donĀ“t think so, what I do, is taking lots of photographs, that I later, place in an album, well ordered this time, and each photo with a right comment. If you ever publish your book, inform us here, I would like to read it.
@maximax8 (28558)
• United Kingdom
19 Oct 11
I am pleased that you wrote a regular diary when you were a child. When traveling the diary entry can be written in the evening back at the accommodation after a day out sight seeing. It is superb that you take lots of photos and order each one so excellently. In my early twenties I wrote everything and never did word processing. I didn't get interested in computing for years.
@GemmaR (8526)
17 Oct 11
I think that it is very important to keep a diary of everything that you do while you're travelling, because it means that you will be able to keep your memories for a lot longer in the future. If you don't do this then you might find that you forget things that you once enjoyed a lot, and this would not be a good thing at all. I also write a journal of each day of my holiday and then attach a couple of photographs to each of the days, meaning that I have a visual aid to help jog my memory along with the text of the journal.
@maximax8 (28558)
• United Kingdom
18 Oct 11
Hi GemmaR. Thanks for your wonderful response. I am pleased you write a journal for each of your trips. The visual aid on each day most be very helpful for your memory. Keeping alive travel memories are very important to me
@SHAMRACK (8521)
• India
17 Oct 11
Dear friend, I do write diary only some of those important things, that wish not to forget. Moreover I do give a tour report if I have to travel on official trip. Other no diary writing. But I do love to take some photos, buy photos postcards etc. May the place I would enjoyed visiting is Wagamon high ranges in South India.
@maximax8 (28558)
• United Kingdom
18 Oct 11
Dear Shamrack. I am delighted that you take photos on your travels. You have a clever way to remember important things. It seems a trip report is essential when you do an official visit.
@sexyice (874)
• Latvia
17 Oct 11
I don't write travel diary, but I always tie take more photos in the travel. and at each pictures remember travel - my pictures are my travel diary. When I was to Amsterdam with stopps, then after I write text about my travel, because... Awww - this was best and crazy travel in my life and I know, I never do it again, because I never been so crazy....
@maximax8 (28558)
• United Kingdom
18 Oct 11
I am pleased that you found Amsterdam a very exciting city. It is a unique place I believe. I am happy to hear that on your travels you take lots of photos. Your travel diary sounds fantastic to me.
• United States
17 Oct 11
I don't keep a diary per se, I usually gather as much information as I can from a personal experience and then craft an article. I try to add information about traveling with kids and what fun activities they are for them. I usually take a lot of photos and then weed through them and keep the best ones.
@maximax8 (28558)
• United Kingdom
18 Oct 11
I am happy to heat that you take lots of photos and only select the best ones to keep. This seems very sensible to me. I am pleased that you gather information from your travel experiences which you have had.
@WakeUpKitty (8706)
• Netherlands
17 Oct 11
Yes i always write a diary from the moment I step out of my frontdoor. I also make pictures. Later I use it all to make an album out of it. Not for me anymore but for my kids. At this moment I enjoy visiting Hungary and Africa the most I am there several times a year. I try, if I go over there again, to visit or do something new again too. If not so it would be too boring for me.
@maximax8 (28558)
• United Kingdom
18 Oct 11
Hello Wake Up Kitty I am delighted that you write a diary and take photos. I think your albums must look fantastic and that it is great your children enjoy looking at them. Hungary was my first taste of Eastern Europe. It is lovely that you travel several times a year.
• India
8 Dec 11
Yes I used to have a dairy when we travel. I used to every piece of information on it. I also used to have photographs while I am in journey. Actually photographs helps us to take us to the past. So I used to take every nice time into my camera and used to make note in my diary.
• Philippines
22 Oct 11
Hello maximax8! This is certainly a very interesting topic :) I love traveling but I have not yet gone out of the country. Btw, I'm from the Philippines. I do travel around our country though and yes I love bringing a journal every time I travel. Writing in a different place is just as thrilling as being actually there. You can describe the scenery and the exact feeling you have while you are on a different place. I tried writing about a past travel experience but the thrill is not there anymore, perhaps because I am writing out of just a memory. It is better if you write while you are still on the plethora of excitement. I also take photos of the people I meet and places I've been too. Now that I read your post, it makes me want to travel again! :)
@dodo19 (33583)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
22 Oct 11
When I'm on holiday, I don't usually write in a diary. I actually haven't written in a diary since I was a teenager. When I travel, I do enjoy taking pictures and such, but I don't usually write in a diary. I'm exactly sure why I don't do it. I guess it's partially because I'm not entirely interested in doing so. Not that there's anything wrong with it, but I'm just not personally interested in writing a diary.