Short and sweet, to journal is to record your thoughts, your emotions and your (travel) experiences.
Notice how I said 'record' and not 'write'. In fact, most people associate journaling with picking up a pen and paper. And this is a good way to do it, but it is not the only one.
Indeed, there are other ways as effective as writing, such as recording voice notes, drawing pictures, taking photographies, etc.
Unleash your creativity and find what would be the best way for you to document your trip? Come up with a way that feels easy, fun, and aligned with your travel goals and intentions.
If you are looking for a change or an advance in your travels, you must be prepared.
Traveling creates a state of mind that allows what is important to come to the surface, but you also have to do your part. It's up to you to listen.
By journaling, will increase your level of self-awareness. You will have more clarity about your way of thinking, your reactions, your self-sabotages... And this is important because, only when you become aware of what is blocking you from achieving that positive change you are seeking, you can modify it and move forward.
Another great benefit is that, when you keep a journal, you are taking your thoughts out of your head and translating them into a physical (or digital) format. That not only frees up mental space in your brain, but it also helps you see the situation from the outside, giving you a fresh and different perspective. When thoughts are in your head, they are vague, but as soon as you register them, you force yourself to be specific. And this will help your brain to find other possible solutions.
Last but not least, by journaling you are preserving the history of your travels for posterity. Imagine how you -and others who will come after you- will feel when you look back at your travel adventures, the experiences you enjoyed and the challenges you overcame. Your future self will be forever grateful that you kept a journal. I can guarantee you that!
The best way to start is to define your 'Journal Prompts'. These are indicators that will help you stay focused on what you want to record in the journal, so you will not have to be thinking about what you want to document every day, making your task faster and more effective.
To do that, you must first be clear about your goals and intentions for this journey. Once you have that figured out, then you go ahead and choose a "theme" to journal about,
The theme can be something external (places you will visit, people you will meet, food you will try, sunsets that will take your breath away...) or it can also be internal processes that you will experience on your travels (personal opinions, thoughts, feelings, beliefs, emotional triggers...).
The election of the theme have to be connected, as I said, to the objective and purpose of your trip. For example, if you have designed your journey for personal growth, you can create prompts around the theme: 'new things I learned or discovered today'
On the other side, if your purpose is to be more connected to all the blessings in your life, you can document about 'things you are most grateful for today'.
Remember, wherever you put your attention and energy is what will eventually grow in your (travel) life. Just like a muscle. The more you train your brain to pay attention and find evidence of what you want to manifest, the easier it will be for you to make it happen.
COMMON MISTAKES PEOPLE MAKE WHEN JOURNALING
The biggest mistake people make is believing that journaling is a long and tedious task, or that it has to be done perfectly.
Although it is important that you are constant (I recommend that you do it daily), it does not have to be for a long time. Five minutes a day may be enough. Just make sure those few minutes are quality time.
Now, how can you overcome the resistance to journal?
First of all, make the process fun. If you feel like journaling is 'homework', you will most likely give up.
And secondly, let go of perfection. Don't wait until you have the perfect notebook or the perfect quiet time to journal. This perfection paralysis will only postpone the results you want to achieve for yourself.
Start now, with what you have, and make sure you choose a device that inspires you to keep journaling. In this way, documenting your trip will be something you look forward to every day.
Happy journaling! Happy transformation!