The journey to travel journaling.
When I was about 11 or 12, I wrote a diary everyday for a whole year. I committed to the whole thing, which seemed like a big deal at the time but in hindsight, very easy to balance when your main commitments are swimming club and Girl Guides. I found the diary when my parents moved house and the content is… erm… something else... I think I had these grand visions of becoming famous or infamous at least, and the diary would be an insight into my early teen life. If people ever need insights on what school lessons I did each day (“Maths, again! Eugh I hate Maths” 11 year old Louise, everyone does Maths daily, and very few people like it, give me something juicy) and a school girl crush on a boy who totally knew I existed and definitely did not care (“Saw him on the bus today, I don’t think he saw me” Sweetie, he did, but he does not care) i’ll eat my hat. And I won’t even start on how many many devil horns and halos were drawn round words.
This venture into writing clearly wasn’t my finest hour, but as I’m exploring new ways to improve my writing, I started thinking about journaling and what it means these days. People journal a lot for their Self care which I love the idea of, I hear it’s very helpful, but the idea of starting with “How do you feel today?” conjures horror. Then there’s bullet journalling. Now I have looked at this, I like the organisational element, and the beautiful designs (R29’s ‘Try Living with Lucy’ does a great video on it here) but I feel like i’d mess it up and the journal pages would get all ripped out and then it would be the opposite of the beautiful curated journal you see on Pinterest and be a bound book of 10 pages I deem nice enough to exist.
Somehow, in this journaling world, i’ve managed to find a way in that I can get on board with. Travel journaling. For my birthday, my lovely boy brought me a 6 month subscription to ohh deers stationery boxes, and the first one came with a travel journal. Very handy as we were about to head off on a very exciting trip to South East Asia, the perfect time to start. I didn’t write daily (I was very busy eating tasty curries and looking at beautiful things) but I did write about every place I went to, and it felt like a really good way to record the trip and have some contemplation time of what really was the best things to see and do.
I went for a mixture of photography, drawing and writing to get myself into it, and you can see how i’ve improved with time. There’s a small part of me that isn’t keen on some of the pages and feel they need redoing…. But that’s not the point. They were done at the time, and you can’t have everything neat and perfect when you’re fighting off mosquitos and trying to catch very vague forms of transport.
A few faves for you, unsurprisingly the last few, but can see my love of typography coming through as well as writing a decent amount.
Our next trip away is to Oslo in 2 weeks, so I’m looking forward to putting somthing new and different in the journal. Next to loud and noisy SE Asia, looking at a cool, chill, and very cold scandinavian Norway should be an interesting challenge. Here’s to sticking to it, and keeping another writing challenge going!