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Every trip consists of two simultaneous journeys: the outer journey and the inner journey. The outer journey is everything external: what you’re seeing, hearing, smelling, doing, etc. The inner journey is what’s happening in your mind. Great travel journals weave these two journeys together.” ~ Dave Fox
 
 
Writing about your Travel Adventures is a great way to remember your trip; a great way to connect and share what you’ve experienced and learned with family and friends; and a great way to be inspired and to inspire others.
 
Blogs are much more flexible than a written journal because you can add movies, photos, links to resources and google maps on your blog posts, all of which adds to the creative process and presentation. 
 
There are two popular Blogging Programs that you can use to create your own Travel Blog: 

 Blogger  OR WordPress

A Travel Blog will allow you to post “LIVE” accounts of your trips while you are on the road!  It is important to describe not just what you saw but also how you felt in that moment.  This is an absolutely fantastic way of recording your thoughts and feelings about your experiences as you experience them.  I have a short attention span anyway when I’m traveling so this will help me a lot.  This is a very cool way of sharing your experiences with friends and family back home.  

You can also use your blog to journal your PRE and POST trips thoughts and/or travel plans.  It is a great way to organize your trip and itinerary plans; a great way to learn and discover many interesting things about your destination: Food, Culture, People, History, Architecture, Art and Music.  Writing PRE posts can help you to focus on the places and experiences you want to get out of your trip and help to plan out your itinerary in order to do them.  

And finally, it is a great way to reflect upon your experiences upon your return, to share some of your souvenir items you picked up along the way and to share and post photos/videos of images and moments that were memorable for you and why.

TRAVEL WRITING: 

Have you ever had a special “Travel Moment” without actually traveling? In 2011, I  attended a Travel Writing presentation that was given by Andrew McCarthy and Christopher Reynolds at the Los Angeles Times Travel Show.  Yes, “the” Andrew McCarthy formerly of a group of young actors known as the  Brat Pack“.  Included in this group of 1980’s actors are Rob Lowe, Emilio Esteves, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, Michael Hall, Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy. They starred in several coming of age movies such as St. Almos Fire, The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink.  And while most girls loved Rob Lowe, I was a huge Andrew McCarthy Fan!  I had no idea he was an accomplished travel writer with several articles published in notable magazines like that National Geographic Magazine.

He spoke about how he has been traveling for more than 20 years now.  He loves traveling because it takes him outside of himself.  Although he travels with his family, he finds that the best way to travel is Solo Travel, because it forces you to be vulnerable, to open himself up and rely on others.  And by doing so, he gets to experience moments and encounters with people that are memorable and special and that is what he loves best about travel.

Here are some of his thoughts: 

For me, I don’t write about how I went here and about how I had the best lamb there.  The most memorable moments while traveling are in the encounters you have with people. The travel experience is more about the characters, the details of the moment and capturing the magic of the experience.   

 

HAVE YOUR OWN VOICE
 
As you may have guessed from reading some of my entries, I like to have fun when I travel and very much like Andrew, I am intrigued by some of the details of my experiences and with those magical moments like sipping my first glass of Prosecco while watching my first sunset in Venice Italy or by the special encounters I have with people like being lectured by a local gentlemen about sampling the Spanish Coffee in a local cafe rather than the big grande cup of Coffee Americano from Starbucks in Seville or more recently I remember getting lost my first night in Berlin and stopping a kind local Berliner for directions to my apartment in Mitte.  And my encounters are not limited to people.  I remember this very special moment and encounter when I was standing in the rain and wind trying to take a photograph of a stubborn Highland Cow in the middle of a field in the Highlands of Scotland.  
  
I find that I enjoy writing more when I am inspired by as Andrew put it those memorable, magical moments and special encounters which sometimes can be found in the subtle details of our experiences rather than the grandeur of the big picture.
 
Here are some notable blog entries that I’ve written:
 
When visiting here, you should allow yourself enough time so you can enjoy the beauty and tranquility of these beautiful gardens and fountains. I remember sitting on one of the benches and appreciating what the Sultans once enjoyed daily many centuries ago. ~ Granada, Spain – Alhambra General Life Gardens
 
I like the idea of seeing Venice . . . when all the crowds are gone, when shop owners have closed for the day, when most bars and restaurants have served their last meals and drinks for the night, when the hustle and bustle of day trippers have all but dissipated and there is nothing left but the stillness and quiet beauty of Venice!  I can literally visualize myself walking late at night in the quiet calm of the small calles or into the enormous emptiness of St. Marks Square. ~ Venice Italy 2007 – Pre Trip Post

And so 15 hours later here I am . . . my first day in Venice, Italy and it is Pure Perfection! ~ Venice, Italy 2007 

So as I watch the sun touch the ocean for the third night in a row, and the day ends in this 3,000 year old town in Andalusia, I reflect quietly on my time here.  I think of two things:  First, I am so glad that I came here to Cadiz and secondly, the Cava is just as delicious as Prosecco.  ~ Cadiz, Spain 2008

It’s difficult to capture and articulate my impressions of this city and of the country of Holland. Like its signature flower, the Tulip, this country has many different colors with lots of flavor and life.  With each trip that I take I seem to gain a new foundation and perspective in life and Holland did not disappoint in this respect. ~ Amsterdam, Netherlands 2010

I have heard the term “God’s Country” when describing Scotland and the Highlands and I think I can understand why! When I’m sitting at the breakfast room in my hotel and looking out onto Portee Bay and the Cullins I am hypnotized by the simplicity and beauty. ~ Isle of Sky, Scotland 2009

I am enjoying visiting all the great landmarks and historical sites here in Berlin.  But I am also loving watching and yes even living daily life here. ~ Berlin, Germany 2010

Andrew really emphasized that having your own voice and style in writing is important. He’s right.  Although I’m not the best writer around,  I really enjoy writing about my travel experiences in my own voice is very rewarding.     

Like my travels, I also like to have to fun when I’m writing.  I think the main thing to do when writing about my travel experiences and adventures is to remain true to myself.  And when I find that I am writing about things that I find interesting or experiences that I really love, I tend write much better (well as better as I can get that is).    Afterall, I don’t want to remember my travel experiences and special moments through someone else’s thoughts or perspective. 

I enjoy writing about the history, art, food, culture, architecture and music in all the places that I travel to and I enjoy the adventure of the experiences and how they transform who I am and have become as not only a traveler but as a person. 

As Andrew says, travel writing should be a way to tell “your story“.   

 
RESOURCES:

 Life Tips Website – Travel Journaling Tips

 Travel Journaling.com – Writing the Inner & Outer Journey

 Vagabonding Website: Tips for your Travel Blog

Andrew McCarthy:  Offiical Website 

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Running, cycling and hiking gives me that rush! Music energizes and soothes my soul! Photography preserves my memories and tells my stories! Art provides beauty and fuels my imagination! History gives me knowledge, a deeper understanding for the present and hope for the future! Family & Friends warms my heart! And Travel . . . well Travel keeps me HAPPY!

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"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - - by Mark Twain

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