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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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If I had read this book when I was in my 20s, I would have been motivated to keep a journal because I would have known how important writing in one is and how to use one more effectively. As a result, I would have become a better traveler, a better writer, and perhaps a better person.
Lavinia Spalding’s book would make a great gift for someone, especially someone starting out in their foreign travels. Or at least buy this book for yourself if you don’t keep a journal or if you find keeping one is difficult. I think you will be inspired.
I usually borrow books from the library rather than purchasing them because books, especially kindle ones, are too pricey for me. But I bought this one because my local library didn’t have it. I think this book is definitely one to purchase and not borrow. There are so many practical and useful ideas and insights that you will want to return to them when you are about to go on your next vacation.
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. I did enjoy her recommendations on bringing along a writing utensil bag full of tools, which I initially disregarded as something for die-hard journalists. I'm glad I did because the scissors and double-sided tape for clipping pictures from brochures of places we visited, and charcoal pencil for rubbings of foreign coins was a nice touch to my journal. i plan on taking her idea of pasting a copy of the vacation map of places we visited on the trip on the inside cover.
i did take her recommendation on buying the journal early and making a habit of writing in it daily for several weeks before the trip so you're already in the habit (good luck starting a new habit on a whirlwind vacation). per author's advice, i bought a 7x10, wire-bound sketch book by Strathmore from Michael's: it has unlined, off-white pages. it has a black cover that I used decoupage and a pretty piece of scrap-booking paper to customize. they have a similar product at Walmart too. I filled up half the book in the 1.5 months leading up the UK trip and was worried I'd run out of pages. While at Tower of London, I noticed a nice, wire-bound journal with unlined pages that had an awesome cover made out of clay that came with a pen in the shape of a knight.... so I used that for the whole trip. I plan to fill excess pages with photos ... once I get them developed! I have over 5,000 photos to edit and organize!
i haven't opened my journal since returning from my trip 3.5 weeks ago but plan on starting it up again this week so I remember to journal while we're in Sedona next month.
I bought the Kindle edition -- easy to carry without adding extra weight.
Now I want to travel just so I can journal. So I'm treating my home life like a trip.