The photo below is showing my travel journal I used on my Alaska trip. I bought this beautiful journal in a small bookstore in Bragg Creek and knew immediately that I would like to use it for my trip.
I have never really been one for journaling. Many a time during my teenage years I would start a diary only to find it a year later with about 2 weeks worth of entries. I was just too busy having fun.
In my early years of adulthood I thought, I know, I am older, more responsible, surely I can keep a journal going for longer than 2 weeks. Wrong! I just got bored writing about my day or my feelings. This time however, I promised myself, would be different. I was on my own, so plenty of time in the evenings to do some writing.
I remember on my first night alone in Whitecourt, Alberta getting the journal out of my backpack and getting settled in at the picnic table to start my first entry. I am sure I am not alone when I say it is always exciting to make your very first entry into a new journal (after all, I have had plenty of experience of first entries – not so much with last page ones though). I was excited to write about my first day and got going with gusto. Quietly I thought to myself, would this last? Would I really be able to keep it up and write every day? I admit that some nights I was dog tired and would have loved to have just gone to sleep, but I forced myself to pick up my pen and journal and write. I am so glad I did! I read my entries back and it takes me straight back to my awesome Alaskan adventure.
I had planned to keep my journal going once back home, but alas the old routine has set in and yet again I have failed to keep myself writing about the everyday events I experience. So, this journal will now be exclusively for documenting my travels, of which there should be plenty come next year. I am especially looking forward to our month-long trip back to Europe to catch up with family and friends. So plenty of writing material to look forward to.