Quite Continental Charm School: Day 15 — Keep a Travel Journal
15/02/2012 § 5 Comments
The Quite Continental Charm School
A modern guide to creating a charmed life
Editor’s Note: I’m very pleased to introduce our next guest speaker! Jen Swetzoff is a writer, editor, mommy and the founder of the travel blog Parenture (parenting + adventure) where she focuses on family-friendly vacations, the best gear for families on the go and gives her readers an inside look at the places she travels to with her husband and her daughter, Baby E.
A secret: how I know Jen differs from all of our guest speakers thus far. Ours is a friendship that predates either of our blogs, in fact — I met Jen very soon after my arrival in New York, and we worked together for some time. I’m especially in awe (jealous) of the fact that she has travelled to twenty countries on six different continents in the last ten years. And while I am not a mom myself, the locations that Jen suggests, especially those upstate, almost automatically get added to my to do list. If you are not yet familiar with Jen or Parenture, it is my pleasure to introduce you.
Without any further ado, Jen’s tip for a charmed life.
Day 15: Keep a Travel Journal
Honestly, writing often feels like the last thing I want to do on vacation. But I do it anyway. Because no matter what other souvenirs I carry home, my travel journal ends up being the most treasured. Cameras are amazing, and I always pack one of those, too, but they’re predictable. Reliable. They always do the same thing and do it well. They capture clear and accurate moments of time–instants really, that exist and then fade away–and make them stand still forever. Which is great for people like me with crappy memories.
But words, written in our own sloppy handwriting, are fluid and imprecise and subjective. Which makes them either hilarious or profound in retrospect. Even when I’m not in the mood to put pen to paper (both of which I always have in my bag, locally and on the road), the right travel journal–a brand new book–is inspiring. Its openness gives me the same sense of hope that planning a trip does. On its pages, I can think, dream, remember, record, realize. Because anything’s possible on a blank page. Anything can happen on a great adventure. So even if you don’t have a trip planned yet, get yourself a travel journal.
Here are a few of my favorites to get you going:
The colorful and lighthearted journals from Archie Grand just make me smile.
by Jen Swetzoff, of Parenture.