Call me old fashioned but give me a pen and paper over typing on a computer any day. (hypocritical I know, since I am literally writing something on a computer right now).
I’m not sure why I like it exactly. Just seeing my thoughts written in my own hand writing from whenever I wrote it just gives me a blast from the past. I have been keeping diaries on my general life since I was about 8 years old and although entries these days are few and far between I still manage to scrawl something down every few months after big events. I have to admit that it is time consuming and a pain in the ass when you have a great, but lengthy story to tell – but writing it down makes it a great story you can re-live over and over again.
When I was going away this Summer I decided to buy a small notebook in order to document my short stint of travelling around Europe and it is definitely something that I would recommend. While ‘pictures speak a thousand words’ they will only remind you of the fun you had in that particular place. The way you got there and the fun you had in the middle gets forgotten about. My mother urged me to write down about our travels through Italy when I was eleven and upon finding it last year it reminded me about things I had long forgotten about and would never have remembered had I not written it down. I remember where we went, but this reminded me about the night we wanted to swim in the pool when it was closed, the details of the hotel, our friendly waiters name, the characteristics of our outgoing tour guide ‘Roberto’. The little things. The good things. And the things that made that trip so great.
That is the beauty about writing. You might have long forgotten that memory, but it is only one sentence away from being rekindled in your brain.
Do you keep a travel diary? Or is it something you could consider doing?