Buying a travel journal is like falling for a tourist trap before the trip begins.
True, some amazing people are successful at writing/doodling in books while traveling, but they are a specialized group of travelers on par with American explorers like Lewis & Clark.
Even so, leaving a journal unfinished feels wrong. It’s like the unknown 8th sin.
So, how can you finally complete a journal?
Here are a few suggestions:
1. Tape scraps (e.g. food wrappers) into your journal and write short comments beside them. These scraps may provoke the same memories as two paragraphs of poor writing.
2. Create a journal/photo album combo. Either write directly into a photo album or paste printed photos into your ‘awesome-looking’ journal.
3. Restrain yourself from writing vacation names on the cover [such as ‘India 2009’]. Then, reuse the journal for future travels.
4. Continue to use the journal afterward for a purpose inspired by the trip. For example, the journal from India might become a recipe book of Indian dishes.
5. Choose smaller journals [saving paper, time and self-esteem].
The unofficial number 6:
Avoid the journal section of the book store. Then, write on serviettes. Problem solved.