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Writing Away: A Creative Guide to Awakening the Journal-Writing Traveler (Travelers' Tales) Paperback – August 1, 2009
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Lavinia Spalding has given travelers a witty, profound, and accessible exploration of the hows and whys of keeping a journal. Novices and veterans alike will find inspiration and fresh ideas on every page, along with practical suggestions to bring out the best writer in anyone . Buy two copiesone to meditate on at home and another to dogear, underline and carry alongside your own journal en route.” Anthony Weller, author of The Siege of Salt Cove and Days and Nights on the Grand Trunk Road.
Spalding doesn’t just give you ideas for keeping a travel journalshe makes a convincing case for why keeping a travel journal is important, and how this personal writing ritual can deepen your journey in unexpected ways. Recommended for anyone who endeavors to travel mindfully. Rolf Potts, author of Vagabonding and Marco Polo Didn’t Go There
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I immediately noticed that it got my creative juices flowing. Memories of my most recent travels came back with all their vivid details, and I itched to write down and document these moments with the wonderful writing tips and tricks that Lavinia shared. I also started journaling more faithfully - her motivating mantras, such as making yourself simply write one word in your journal every day, made sense and were really effective for me - I've written more journal entries in the last week and a half than I have in the last four months. And I think my writing has improved too - Lavinia shares with the reader the importance of noticing the little details, writing honestly and in ways that will record the daily life of your trip so that when you reread your journal years later you are transported back to this wonderful experience. While I can't wait to apply these tips to my next travel journal, I've found that they're helpful for writing in my normal daily journal as well.
Writing Away, in addition to being full of helpful writing advice tailored towards the traveling experience, also contained several chapters and discussions that I hadn't been expecting, but really enjoyed.Read more ›
I figured a travel journal was best solution in the short term so I wouldn't forget my trip when i actually get around to make photo books (retirement maybe?). I only read about 75% of the book because I felt like I understood the general idea and I'm not much of a reader anyway. towards the end, the book goes into all sorts of cutesy ideas for themed entries of the journal in case your day is so boring that it's not worth writing about. i'll tell you, it's hard enough for me to even open the journal each day, without having to think of a theme that I should be concentrating on collecting info for all day. the vacation I started with was a 5 week trip (1 wk for my brother's wedding, 1 week with the family in Orlando and 3 weeks of guided tour in the UK with my husband). it was so busy that I didn't need to fill the pages with extra stuff like what the book talked about (finding strangers and having conversations with them, or writing about the smells of the marketplaces, 10 things you are ashamed to admit that you hate about travelling with your vacation companions, etc). i was exhausted at the end of each day and usually barely squeaked out a single page nightly.Read more ›
I also want to add that the book is very well-written and entertaining.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Awesome book, very well written, and a useful guide for anyone who wants to keep a travel journal. Spalding has me wanting to read the travel journals and stories of other writers. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Bakari Chavanu
I bought this book and I suggest it to anybody else. It's not just one of those instructional books, but it's a collection of precious advices, quotes and stories from a real... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Francesco Benvenuti
i have traveled a lot to europe and mexico.i have always kept a journal of my travel . i love rereading them years later. Read morePublished 24 months ago by carol cole
I love this book. I have been missing my journal writing habit and bought this to get inspired. Lavinia is thorough in her conviction that journal writing is crucial for us, not... Read morePublished on May 27, 2014 by Niki T
I had to buy the book for a short term study abroad course. Having done my fair share of traveling and and blog writing, I already knew/experienced a lot of what she said. Read morePublished on May 7, 2014 by Alex Robbins
I love the tons of ideas to unleash creativity. It is very inspiring and easy to read. Great quotes. Love it!Published on February 8, 2014 by Manuel E. Rodriguez
This book has inspired not only my wanderlust and writing but how to look at life differently each day. Read morePublished on February 1, 2014 by Harris
She has such a charming, engaging way of writing that when you start reading it is hard to put down the book and you can't help but love everything she writes. Read morePublished on January 17, 2014 by Ibrahim
This was an exquisite mix of personal memoir and a supportive guide for travelers who aspire to capture their journeys on paper. Read morePublished on November 19, 2013 by Amanda Slavin