Through much of my travel experiences I’ve found myself reading articles and blogs on what to take. What are must have items for camping? What shall I have in my camper van? Best travel backpacks and what to put in them? There’s so much information out there on what to take with you when travelling. But through it all there’s something really important that I’ve not seen mentioned a lot.
After sharing my latest post about mental health I woke up to some amazing feedback. I felt inspired to write a new post so I set about looking for inspiration. With my emotions and feelings still on the brain I started to read through my travel diary for inspiration on what experiences I’ve had that could be of help to someone else. Within no time I was grinning like an idiot and my eyes were welling up with tears. Reading about past loves, transformational moments in dance and low points that I’ve gotten through sent me on an immediate rollercoaster.
That’s when it hit me. The most important thing in my travel arsenal!
My Travel Diary
I’m not sure I even knew it was a thing. But my best friend (shout out Scott) bought me a faux-leather bound book with a compass engraved on the front. This was April 2017, just before I started the company and went freelance. He told me it was to write all the things I get up to on my adventures and to put a picture of the two of us in the front.
I had no idea at the time how important this book was.
“I’m also evaluating my own wants and needs. Sometimes there are things you know you’re supposed to want and a part of you maybe does but it’s not in tune with your ‘spiritual hygene’. I have to take time to evaluate and work our what is in the best interest for my soul.” – Extract from my first entry
What do I write?
There was a year I spent ‘journalling’ (diarying sounds weird) as part of my education at dance school and I unearthed some unexpected issues. Such that I had to have a talk with the course leaders about whether or not I was ‘ok’. Needless to say I knew the power of writing down your thoughts and feelings.
I still didn’t know what to expect or what to write when I started, but as with most experiences of journalling you put pen to paper and it just flows out of you. What I found was that I wasn’t talking so much about what I DID, but more about what I FELT.
Pictures are amazing, they tell stories and bring back floods of memories, but there’s something about writing my feelings down in the moment that gives such a visceral reminder. Memories change over time. The picture says you were happy and care free on a beach. The diary says you were actually thinking about the love that couldn’t be there.
I also fill it with quotes from books that are meaningful at the time, places I’ve been and the occasional poem (yeah poems, come at me bro!). Ultimately you can put anything in it. Three things per day that you’re thankful for. Your greatest achievement that trip. How you intend to use what you’ve learned when you get home. It can be cathartic, therapeutic or even pragmatic. All I know is this one item has changed how I think about and experience travel.
I hope it can do the same for you.
Catch you next week!
Love, Kallum <3