Journal writing is a great way to figure out what you think about things, to record events so you can remember the details later. A travel journal is like a regular journal on caffeine. Because traveling takes us out of our normal routine, we see everything with fresh eyes. Every new street you walk down, each bite of unfamiliar food is a minor revelation. Recording the details of a place, sketching the view from your table at the coffee shop, or simply listing everything you’ve purchased or eaten can help you slow down and immerse yourself in this strange place. Best of all, you can dip back into the pages of your travel journal when you get home and bring your mind right back to that sandy beach, those stone-paved plazas, or that creaky porch swing where you were serenaded by crickets…

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