Travel provides fertile ground for the writer's mind. It breaks our outmoded patterns, creates new movement within, and offers fun and adventure. Follow these tips if you want to maximize travel's effects on your wordiness:
1. Designate a notebook solely for your trip. Treat it as your own travel guide in the making.
2. Write freely and often.
3. Observe. Look. Listen. Get your eyes out of the guide books; focus on what you see and what you are experiencing. Treasure your own takes on your travel.
4. Listen to your subconscious. Do you find yourself writing down things that don't make sense? Is your written voice taking on a different tone? Unfamiliar parts of your creative mind are waking up — welcome this change.
5. Preserve the details. Write down back routes you've followed, places you've stayed, people you've met, what you've eaten, ways you've gotten "un-lost". As your trip memories lose their freshness, you'll be glad that you've recorded so much, to inspire future writing, to give travel recommendations, and to plan more trips.
6. Invite others to write. If you're traveling with friends, pass your notebook around regularly and let travel companions write you a message and record their own trip observations. Encourage their own travel journaling, and write in their notebooks. You'll love looking back on these shared scribblings when the trip is over.
7. Write home, even to yourself. I'm a prolific postcard writer when I travel. My family and friends can always count on a getting a quick jot from me from somewhere along the route. Drop a couple of postcards to your own address. You'll have the stamp and postmark as souvenirs; these are fun to add to your travel journal when you get home. They also provide frozen snapshots of you (and your imagination...) at different points along the trip — priceless.
What are your tips?